Lord I am not ready


C.H. Spurgeon

It pains me to think of it; as I sat last night about eight o’clock, revolving in my mind a subject for this hour’s discourse, there came a knock at my door, and I was earnestly entreated by a father to hasten to the deathbed of his dear girl. I wanted much of my time for preparation, but as the dear one was in such a case, and had long been a constant hearer of the word in this tabernacle, I felt it my duty to go whether I could prepare a sermon or not. Glad I was to hear that sick one’s testimony! She told me with what I fear was her dying breath, that she was not fully assured of her interest in Christ, but she left me no room to doubt when, between spasms and convulsions, she said, “I know I love Jesus; and that is all I know.” 

Yes, and I thought it IS ALL I NEED TO KNOW; if any one of us always knows that he loves the Savior, what more does he require of testimony as to his state? But my mind was sorely oppressed then as it is now with the thought that SO MANY OF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO DIE AT ALL! I often see my sermons in sick rooms, and I come to think of preaching sermons in a different light from what many do. I will try to preach sermons which will suit your most solemn hours and most serious circumstances; I would gladly deliver sermons which shall haunt your sickbeds, and accuse you unless you yield to their persuasions and believe in Jesus!

When you lie on the borders of the spirit world, you will count all religious trifling to be cruel mockery; so let me say it affectionately, but very earnestly to you, “Prepare to meet thy God,” for I am afraid many of you are quite unprepared! You have seen others die; they preach to you from their graves, and they say, “So to the dust must you also come, my friend; be you ready, for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man will call for you.” You have had sicknesses in your own body; you are not now the strong man you once were; you have already passed through many perils. What are all these but voices from the God of mercy saying, “Consider your ways”? [Haggai 1:7]

You are not such a simpleton as to think that you shall never die; YOU KNOW you will! Neither are you so insane as to think that when you die, your death will be that of a horse or a dog; you know THERE IS A HEREAFTER, and a state of being in which men shall be judged according to the deeds that they have done in the body, whether they are good, or whether they are evil; and so I therefore press upon your earnest recollection and your intense consideration at this present moment, the exhortation of the text, “Prepare to meet your God!”

“The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death!” [Prov 14:32]

Thank you Lord Jesus for dying for us and making us meet to be partakers of your rest!

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid!” [John 14:27]


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