• Jonathan Parnell

The Labor of Our Every Good Work (2 Corinthians 9:8)


Charles Spurgeon to pastors:

We must cultivate the highest degree of godliness because our work imperatively requires it. The labour of the Christian ministry is well performed in exact proportion to the vigour of our renewed nature. Our work is only well done when it is well with ourselves. As is the workman, such will the work be. To face the enemies of truth, to defend the bulwarks of the faith, to rule well in the house of God, to comfort all that mourn, to edify the saints, to guide the perplexed, to bear with the froward, to win and nurse souls — all these and a thousand other works beside are not for a Feeble-mind or a Ready-to-halt, but are reserved for Great-heart whom the Lord has made strong for himself. Seek then strength from the Strong One, wisdom from the Wise One, in fact, all from the God of all.

Lecture to My Students, 1875-94, (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 2008), 13, paragraphing mine.


It Applies to Us All

What Spurgeon says here applies to us all, not just pastors — “The labour of the Christian ministry is well performed in exact proportion to the vigour of our renewed nature.”

Not all good works are easy. And that’s okay because God is the source of our sufficiency. He is the one who makes us abound in every good work. He is the one who is working in us to will and to work for his own good pleasure. He is the one who is continually perfecting the renewed nature that is ours by the gospel of Christ.

If we will be strong or wise or whatever else that is advantageous to the work before us, it is only that way because God has made it so. For he will get the glory. And he is good.


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