Apprising Ministries with a powerful admonition from Charles Spurgeon not to be idle in this time of growing apostasy:

Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? (James 2:4)

Few of us can beat pain, perhaps fewer still of us can bear misrepresentation, slander, and ingratitude. These are horrible hornets that sting us with fire, men have been driven to madness by cruel scandals that have distilled from venomous tongues. Christ, throughout life, bore these and other sufferings. Let us love Him as we think of how much He must have loved us. Will you try to get your souls saturated with the love of Christ? Admire the power of His love, and then pray that you may have a love somewhat akin to it in power.

We sometimes wonder why the Church of God grows so slowly, but I do not wonder when I recollect what scant consecration to Christ there is in the Church of God. Jesus was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3, KJV), but many of His disciples who profess to be altogether His are living for themselves. There are rich men who call themselves saints, and are thought to be so, whose treasures are horded for themselves and their families.

Mayhap you have to confess you are doing something for your Lord. We are talking about the Church doing this and that—what is the Church? The Church is only the aggregation of individuals, and if any good is to be done, it must be performed by individuals, and if all individuals are idle, there is no Church work done; there may be semblance of it, but there is no real work done. Brother, sister, what are you doing for Jesus? I charge you by the nail prints of His Hands, labor for Him!

(Charles Spurgeon, At the Master’s Feet, January 15)