The Conversion of Charles Spurgeon

Have you ever read about the conversion of Charles Spurgeon?  (Those who were at BBC this past weekend have heard this story).  It’s very relevant for you and I…a message I need to hear every single day.  If you’ve never read this, it will encourage you.  If you have read this, it will encourage you. =)  This is in Spurgeon’s own words:

“I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair now, had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm one Sunday morning, when I was going to a place of worship. When I could go no further, I turned down a court and came to a little Primitive Methodist Chapel. In that chapel there might be a dozen or fifteen people. The minister did not come that morning: snowed up, I suppose. A poor man, a shoemaker, a tailor, or something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had nothing else to say. The text was, ‘Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.’ He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter.

“There was, I thought, a glimpse of hope for me in the text. He began thus: ‘My dear friends, this is a very simple text indeed. It says, “Look.” Now that does not take a deal of effort. It ain’t lifting your foot or your finger; it is just “look.” Well, a man need not go to college to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool, and yet you can look. A man need not be worth a thousand a year to look. Anyone can look; a child can look. But this is what the text says. Then it says, “Look unto Me.” ‘Ay,’ said he, in broad Essex, ‘many of ye are looking to yourselves. No use looking there. You’ll never find comfort in yourselves.’ Then the good man followed up his text in this way: ‘Look unto Me: I am sweating great drops of b.l.o.o.d. Look unto Me; I am hanging on the Cross. Look: I am d.e.a.d and buried. Look unto Me; I rise again. Look unto Me; I ascend; I am sitting at the Father’s right hand. O, look to Me! Look to Me!’ When he had got about that length, and managed to spin out ten minutes, he was at the length of his tether.

“Then he looked at me under the gallery, and I daresay, with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger. He then said, ‘Young man, you look very miserable.’ Well, I did; but I had not been accustomed to have remarks made on my personal appearance from the pulpit before. However, it was a good blow struck. He continued: ‘And you will always be miserable — miserable in life and miserable in — if you do not obey my text. But if you obey now, this moment, you will be saved.’

“Then he shouted, as only a Primitive Methodist can, ‘Young man, look to Jesus Christ.’ There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun; and I could have risen that moment and sung with the most enthusiastic of them of the Precious B.l.o.o.d of Christ.”

Have a Christ-filled Holy Week, by the way.  May we all find ourselves ever striving to look more readily away from ourselves to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

John 3:14-15
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.


About Joe Eaton

I praise God that my standing before Him has nothing to do with who I am or what I've done; it is found solely in the perfect life that Christ lived in my place, and His which atoned for my sin. "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that IN HIM we might become the righteousness of God"..."There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

One response to “The Conversion of Charles Spurgeon”

  1. susy olive says :

    Hey Joe, I heard about Charles Spurgeon’s conversion several years ago as a brother was sharing it with some children in a living room that they could “Look to Jesus” in their youth. It was a special time for all.

    Pretty neat how God brought Charles Spurgeon to the place he needed to be at that moment… the snowstorm. How many times in life do we think we need to go ‘here’ or do ‘that’ but God thinks other-WISE :O) And that the learned man who was suppose to speak didn’t. But that a lowly shoemaker stood up, read the Words of God, and SAW into a man’s heart with such clarity and boldness! Oh that we would all live that way, Looking, Seeing… All priest in His Kingdom!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Love in Him,
    susy olive

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