From Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening, April 26 (In Common English)
“Blessed is he that watches.” — Revelation 16:15
The Apostle Paul said, “We die daily.” This was the experience of the early Christians. They went everywhere ready, at a moments notice, to lay their lives down for Jesus. We are not under the same level of persecution today, but if we were, I’m certain the Lord would give us grace to endure it. The tests that Christians experience today are even more likely to undo us than even the persecutions that the first Christians faced.
Enduring the criticism that the world brings against the church is somewhat easy to take, but flattery, fawning, and hypocrisy are far worse to endure. One of the biggest dangers is becoming rich and proud, and giving ourselves to the system of the world for the sake of “blending in.”
In this we lose our faith.
If money won’t get us, setting our sights on the cares of this world, instead of the one to come, is just as bad, if not worse. Satan doesn’t care if we are devoured by lions, or taken up with wealth, so long as he destroys our love and confidence in Jesus. I’m afraid that the church is far more likely to lose its integrity in the easy days of affluence and comfort, as opposed to the days of acute hostility.
We must be on high alert because we walk on enchanted grounds. We’re more likely to fall asleep in the posies of our pleasure to the undoing of our faith. Unless our faith in Jesus is a firm reality, the flame of our love for him will dwindle down to the cinder and ashes of antiquated sacrifice. Many Christians today have never had their faith tried and are likely to prove themselves as tares among the wheat — hypocrites with fair masks, but not the true-born children of the living God.
Christian, don’t despair when comfort is taken from you. More than ever we need a zealous and watchful eye. May God show his power in you so that you say to the convincing demon of blinding comfort, as well as in the face of sharp persecution, “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”