It Is Christ’s Business to Keep Us

O LORD, Thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors…for I am called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts. – Jeremiah 15: 15,16

To Jeremiah it was consolation that he was called by God’s name. Do you think it would be a sorrow to you? “Oh!” saith one, “I could not bear the world’s rebuke.” Can you bear Christ’s rebuke, when He will say to those who did not confess Him before men, “I never knew you”? But you say you could not live up to a profession; you are afraid your life might fall short of what it should be-a very salutary fear; but do you hope to improve your life by beginning with disobedience! If I own my Savior’s name, it is Christ’s business to keep me; but if I am so overwise that I think I am safer in the path of disobedience, then I cannot reckon upon grace to preserve me. The warfare is arduous, but we do enter upon it at our own charges, there is One who has promised to help us. Well, if you will be cowards, I will part company with you. If you were every one of you this day enemies of Christ, or if you were all of you lovers of Christ in secret, and none of you gloried in Him, I, for my part, could not fire a moment without being an avowed Christian. I say not this in egotism, but as fact. My heart might sooner cease to beat than cease to own the Lord. It is a sneaking thing, and utterly degrading that my Lord should die upon the cross for me to save my soul from hell, and I should be ashamed to wear His livery; that He should honor me by redeeming me with His blood, and I should deny to Him the little honor that my poor name could give when it is enrolled with His people. Nay, though least of all His followers, put down my name, O recording angel, and there let it stand, and if all men revile and devils rage so let it be. It shall be my heaven to suffer hell for Christ, if such must needs be. The Lord deal graciously with you, beloved, and lead you in a plain path, because of your enemies, for His name’s sake. Amen. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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