One of the greatest preachers to have ever lived, Charles Spurgeon, and his wife, sold eggs for extra income during his ministry. They were very protective of this income, never giving any eggs away, not even to family and friends. It is said that he would tell even the closest of friends, “You can have them if you pay for them!” No freebies, no discounts. This led to people’s comments. The Spurgeons were labeled as greedy, stingy, and selfish. Never once did Spurgeon address this with people or make a defense of himself.
After Mrs. Spurgeon had died and gone on to be with the Lord, the truth came out. They, in fact, weren’t greedy, stingy, or selfish. It was just the opposite. The reality was they had decided to financially support two elderly widows with the profits from the eggs. They took seriously the words of Jesus when he said in Matthew 6, “When you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” Yes, He was referring to the Pharisees, the religious leaders who loved to be seen and admired by those around them whether they were fasting, giving, or praying. But this is for us as well, because Jesus said this fully knowing that our pride is our greatest nemesis. It’s behind every sin that we commit. This is why the Christian life can’t be lived naturally, it must be lived supernaturally as we daily depend on Jesus.
Can I keep it real this morning? My sinful pride wants people to know and see what I do for the Lord, for His glory of course! I want them to glorify my Father in heaven but, if I’m honest, I want a piece of the glory pie as well. I surely can relate to the words of the Apostle Paul when He said in Romans 7,
23 “but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my
mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself
serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” Romans 7:23-25 ESV
And then to top it off, the Spurgeons faced ridicule and stayed silent? That would have put me over the edge and I would be in full defense mode! The Spurgeons had a strength of character that I pray God develops in me. The ability to silently endure criticism. This certainly is an area where we need to ask God for wisdom because there are times when it’s not only right to address criticism, but also important. We all have blind spots in our lives that can hurt us (and sometimes others) so it is wise for us to be teachable. With that said, I think that Churchill said it best when he said, “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
Christian, it’s time to recalibrate. It’s time to stop counting our “eggs.” If you are trying to keep score then it’s time for a motivation check. In God’s economy, He puts a premium not only on what He calls us to do but in our motivation for doing it. God is as much concerned with the why as much as the what.
In our kitchen, right over the microwave, we have a sign that says,
“Do All To The Glory Of God”
taken from 1 Corinthians 10.
At the end of the day, isn’t that really what it comes down to? Are we going to live for God’s glory or our own?
10 “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to
please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of
Christ.” Galatians 1:10 ESV
Keep fighting the good fight family!