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‘Tom Thumbs’ in grace!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883

“Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s Word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!” Hebrews 5:12

“An infant, if he should continue an infant always, would be a monster!”

However pleased the parents had been with the little one when it was a babe, they would soon be deeply distressed if year after year it still remained a tiny thing. Indeed, they would consider it a great calamity to be the parents of a dwarf.

What, then, shall we say of those professors who never grow? They are no more holy after fifty years! They are infants at sixty years of age!

I have in my house, pictures of my twin sons, taken on their birthdays for twenty-one years. They begin in the cradle, and end as full-grown young men.

But, alas, I have spiritual children whom I wheeled about in the stroller twenty years ago–and they are babies still, needing as much care as ever, and are not able to walk alone! Ah me, that so many who ought to be warriors, are weaklings; that those who should be men of six feet tall, are so stunted as to be mere ‘Tom Thumbs’ in grace!

O for grace to grow in grace, and especially in the knowledge of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God save us from a life which does not grow, and from a growth which is not healthy!

“For this very reason, make every effort to add . . . to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness.” 2 Peter 1:5-6

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation!” 1 Peter 2:2

by Charles Spurgeon

He should be a walking image of Jesus!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Whoever claims to live in Him, must walk as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6

“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord–so walk in Him” Colossians 2:6

If we have received Christ Himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will manifest its intimate acquaintance with Him by a walk of faith.

Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our prayer-closet. That which we believe–we must carry out into practical effect. If a man walks in Christ, then he so acts as Christ would act. He should be a walking image of Jesus–and men say of that man, “He is like his Master–he lives like Jesus Christ!”

Walking signifies progress. Proceed from grace to grace, run forward until you reach the uttermost degree of Christlikeness that a man can attain to.

Walking implies continuance. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus–and may then give their hearts to the world all the day. But this is poor living–we should always be with Him, treading in His steps and doing His will.

Walking also implies habit. When we speak of a man’s walk and conduct–we mean his habits, the constant tenor of his life. We must keep close to Him, cling to Him, never let Him go–and follow in His steps.

“That you would walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory!” 1 Thessalonians 2:12

“Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more!” 1 Thessalonians 4:1

by Charles Spurgeon