Apprising Ministries prayerfully presents the following words of godly wisdom from Charles Spurgeon; may the Lord use them to spur on our precious young:

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
(1 John 3:16, KJV)

If you wish to be “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” begin soon. I suppose that John was between twenty and twenty-five when he was converted; at any rate, he was quite a young man. All the representations of him that have been handed down to us, though I attach no great value to them, yet unite in the fact of his youth.

Youthful piety has the most profitable opportunity of becoming eminent piety. If you begin soon to walk with Christ, you will improve your pace, and the habit will grow upon you. He who is only made a Christian in the last few years of his life will scarcely reach to the first and highest degree, for lack of time, and from the hampering influence of old habits; but you who begin soon are planted in good soil, with a sunny aspect, and should come to maturity.

If you want to be the man whom Jesus loves, cultivate strong affection and let your nature be tender and kind. The man who is habitually cross and frequently angry cannot walk with God. A man of a quick, hot temper who never tries to check it, or a man in whom there is a malicious remembrance of injuries, like a fire smoldering amidst the embers, cannot be the companion and friend of Jesus, whose Spirit is of an opposite character.

A pitiful, compassionate, unselfish, generous heart is that which our Lord approves. Be willing to lay down, not only your own comfort, but even your life for the brethren. Live in the joy of others, even as saints do in Heaven. So shal you become a man greatly loved.

(Charles Spurgeon, At the Master’s Feet, January 4)