To me these words are challenging, inspiring and full of encouragement and hope. The challenge, of course, is to do what Spurgeon urges. “Make every sacrifice to spread this light.” “Consecrate your entire being.” The call is to make spreading the light of Christ the goal that fills every moment of our lives and every part of our being. This can be a difficult thing to do because I find it so terribly easy to drift off that goal into pursuing my own agenda for a comfortable and enjoyable life. All too frequently my own selfishness blocks the light of Christ and keeps it from shining through me.
The great news is that Spurgeon’s challenge is also encouraging and full of hope. He is right. I don’t need to “attempt to show the sun with a candle.” In other words, I don’t need to prove anything about the Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t need to impress people with my holiness or with my impressive arguments on behalf of the gospel. I don’t need to be the most godly person they’ve ever known. I simply need to let the light of Christ show through me. God has all power, glory and grace. I can add absolutely nothing to it. He is fully sufficient. All I need to do is get out of the way and humbly let his grace flow, let his light shine. Now that is something that not only do I want to do, but if I keep that simple goal in mind I actually can do.