For the zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached Thee are fallen upon me. -Psalm 69:9
Mark our Master when He goes about doing good. The task is not irksome to Him. There are some men who if they distribute to the poor, or if they comfort the fatherless, do it with such reserve with such coldness of spirit, that you can perceive that it is but the shell of the man that acts, and not the man’s whole soul. But see our divine Lord. Wherever He walks, you see His whole self in flame. His whole being at work. Not a single power slumbers, but the whole man is engaged. How much at ease He seems among His poor fishermen! You do not discover that His thoughts are away in the halls of kings; but He is a fellow with them, bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh. He walks in the midst of publicans and harlots, and He is not ill at ease; not like one who is condescending to do a work which He feels to be beneath Him; He is pleased with it, His whole soul is in it. Mark how He takes the little children on His knee, and though His disciples would put them away, yet His whole spirit is set truly with the poor, with the sinful, whom He came to save, that He says, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Look up into that face, and there is a whole-soured man there; not one whose thoughts are set on dignity and power, and who is schooling Himself down, toning down His mind to the circle in which He moves, as a matter of constraint and duty. His vocation becomes His delight. His Father’s service is His element. He is never happy when He is out of it. He casts His whole being, His whole spirit, into the work of man’s redemption.~ C.H. Spurgeon
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