What a day in January, 1892!
He threw London south of the Thames into a mourning state. About 60,000 people arrived home to pay homage through the period of three days in which his body lay in state at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. A funeral parade marched to the cemetery at Upper Norwood, with about one hundred people flooding the streets, and flags flying in the air.
Who could have pulled such a weight in London than a man of God and of God’s people?
Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
A Short Biography Of Charles Spurgeon
Charles was born into a Christian family – his father and grandfather were clerics. He had little formal education: just attended local schools for some years but didn’t earn a university degree. But as a book lover and reader, he tore through the pages of thousands of books, which filled him with the knowledge he spills on paper and through his lips.
One incident shaped him into becoming the Charles Spurgeon the world still celebrates and learn from even after over 127 years of his death:
One day, a snowstorm caught up with him, forcing him to seek shelter in a primitive Methodist church. With only twelve people who present – other members and the Priest stopped by the snowstorm – after about ten minutes, a clergy rose to preach. As he preached, he at one time fixed his eyes on Spurgeon, hitting him with the message:
“Young man, you look very miserable.” Then, lifting up his hands, he shouted, “Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! Look! Look! You have nothin’ to do but to look and live.” Spurgeon later wrote, ‘Oh! I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away.
Oh, what a change followed in the life of this 15 years old boy.
And from then till He died at the age of 57, he poured out his life to serve his Lord and Saviour, Jesus, and impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
A legacy that can’t be wiped out!
For anyone who wants to live a full and fulfilled life, Charles H. Spurgeon has something to say to you.
And I want you to read directly from him. Stephen Lawson once said that when Charles Spurgeon preaches, his voice roars like a volcano. You’ll get a taste of that volcanic power as you read his words.
So, I’ll be sharing with you some of his best sayings that I’m sure will get you thinking… and into action.
Quotes By Charles Spurgeon’s
- We miss a thousand blessings because we are too busy to commune with God. We are here, there, and everywhere, except where we ought to be.
2. Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.”
3. Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.
4. The Lord’s mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.
5. If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.
6. Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!
7. When your will is God’s will, you will have your will.
8. Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.
9. Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.
10. We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure time, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service. Paul cries, “Bring the books” — join in the cry.
11. Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.
12. You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.
13. A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
14. You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.
15. Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.
16. Have your heart right with Christ, and he will visit you often, and so turn weekdays into Sundays, meals into sacraments, homes into temples, and earth into heaven.
17. True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
18. Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
19. Purposes, plans, and achievements of men may all disappear like yon cloud upon the mountain’s summit; but, like the mountain itself, the things which are of God shall stand fast for ever and ever.
20. Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God . . . as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that He wrought all His mighty acts, and showed Himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare His arm for the saints who are now upon the earth.”