Get Your Head Out of the Clouds
Monday, June 10, 2019
“Now, if religion be not a thing for this world, I ask you how it is possible to perform its duties at all? There are no poor in heaven whom we can comfort and visit; there are no enemies in heaven whom we can graciously forgive; and there are no injuries inflicted, or wrongs endured, which we can bear with patience. Religion must have been intended in the very first place for this world, it must have been meant that now we should be the sons of God.” – C.H. Spurgeon
I love the Victorian English that Spurgeon used to express himself in his writings. However, I admit that not everyone is a fan of such stilted prose. So, what exactly was the “Prince of Preachers” trying to convey in today’s quote?
Basically, Spurgeon was chastising those Christians who think that Jesus saved them solely to enjoy heaven’s delights. On the contrary, Spurgeon believed that our adoption into God’s family was also for the “here and now”. That means seizing opportunities every day to minister in Jesus’ name instead of waiting until we pass through the pearly gates.
As Spurgeon pointed out rather emphatically, there will be no need to exercise forgiveness or experience forbearance in heaven. After all, everyone and everything there will already be perfect. The same goes for ministering to the poor, who are abundant in this world but completely absent in glory. In that celestial city, people who lived their earthly lives in abject poverty – but who trusted Christ as Savior – will live in mansions and walk on streets on gold.
In other words, don’t be so heavenly-minded that you are no earthly good.
“I was naked and you clothed Me. I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Matthew 25:36 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President