Charles H. Spurgeon. Humility: Micah’s Message for Today. Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 18th, 2015. 19 pp.
This is an exposition of Micah 6:8 by the Prince of Preacher Charles Spurgeon. Here in this booklet Spurgeon focuses on the passage’s call for humility. It was originally based upon a sermon that Spurgeon preached in 1889. It is amazing to think that this message by a Victorian era preacher can remain relevant for Christians today. This is a testament of the enduring value of faithful preaching based upon the Bible and also how man’s problem in every age remains basically the same. Of course, the solution is still found in the same Gospel as given in Scripture!
The organization of this message is based upon two question: (1) What is the nature of humility? and (2) Where does humility shows itself? Concerning the first question Spurgeon presents to the readers six characteristics of humility. In answering the second question Spurgeon presents eight points. I enjoyed the most the section of the book answering the second question. Here I was edified by Spurgeon saying that we must make it our goal to be humble rather than try to be humble; we can easily go for the appearance of being humble rather than truly have humility within our hearts! This part of the book also contain warning for those in ministry to not let the devil puff one up with the beliefs that are sermons were good. Very convicting.
As usual I find Spurgeon’s message and books to contain many memorable lines. Here were some that stood out:
- “The best of men are but men at the best, and the brightest saints are still sinners”
- “Dare to have Him as your daily Friend! Be bold enough to come to Him Who is within the veil! Talk with Him, walk with Him as a man walks with his familiar friend—but walk humbly with Him. “
- “In the true Church of #Christ, the way to the top is downstairs!”
- “We must try to earn our position in the Church of God by being willing to take the lowest place”
- “In your dealings with weak Christians, with feeble Christians, do not always scold. Remember that if you are strong now, you may very soon be as weak as your brethren are.”
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