An old song says, “Little Things Mean a Lot” and it is true. Today’s devotional gives a thrilling illustration of that fact. Are you being careful to do what you should in those little things? God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Matthew 5:14Matthew 5:14 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
“I suppose that there is hardly a person here who has not heard of that famous preacher of the gospel, Mr. John Angell James. I remember, thirty-three years ago, taking a journey from Cambridge to Birmingham, that I might be able to say that I had heard Mr. John Angell James preach; and I did hear him preach, greatly to my comfort and joy. You know that he wrote that book, The Anxious Enquirer, which has been the means of bringing so many to Christ; but did you ever hear how John Angell James came to be a Christian and a preacher? He was engaged as a clerk in an office, as many of you may be, and he slept upon his master’s premises. He had been accustomed, when he retired for the night, to get into bed without any prayer or any reading of the Scriptures; but there came into the same office a new clerk, a young man. James went upstairs, undressed himself as quickly as he could, and got into bed, when, to his surprise, the new clerk moved the candle, went to his box, took out his Bible, drew his chair up, sat down as if he was quite at home, and read a chapter. Then, with equal deliberation, he knelt down at his bedside, and prayed. He never said a word to John Angell James about not praying, but he did what was a great deal better, he himself prayed. Within a few months from that time, Mr. James was a converted man; within two or three years, he was a minister of the gospel, and I cannot help tracing the usefulness of the preacher to the decision of that young unknown clerk who dared to do the right thing come what might.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIII, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1897), p. 307-308]