“But let me say one thing before I pass on to the second point. If this be the Word of God, what will become of some of you who have not read it for the last month? ‘Month, sir! I have not read it for this year.’ Ay, there are some of you who have not read it at all. Most people treat the Bible very politely. They have a small pocket volume, neatly bound; they put a white pocket-handkerchief around it, and carry it to their places of worship. When they get home, they lay it up in a drawer till next Sunday morning, then it comes out again for a little bit of a treat and goes to chapel. That is all the poor Bible gets in the way of an airing. That is your style of entertaining this heavenly messenger. There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write ‘damnation’ with your fingers.
There are some of you who have not turned over your Bibles for a long, long, long while, and what think you? I tell you blunt words, but true words. What will God say at last? When you shall come before him, he shall say, ‘Did you read my Bible?’ ‘No.’ ‘Rebel! I have sent thee a letter inviting thee to me; didst thou ever read it?’ ‘Lord, I never broke the seal; I kept it shut up.’ ‘Wretch!’ says God, ‘then thou deservest hell, if I sent thee a loving epistle and thou wouldest not even break the seal. What shall I do unto thee?’
Oh! let it not be so with you. Be Bible readers; be Bible searchers.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
New Park Street Pulpit, 1855
Vol. I, pp. 112-3
Taken from: “AS I SEE IT” Volume 14, Number 8, August 2011
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