Charles Spurgeon was a man consumed with the glory of God and the salvation of men.
“I remember, when I have preached at different times in the country, and sometimes here, that my whole soul has agonized over men, every nerve of my body has been strained and I could have wept my very being out of my eyes and carried my whole frame away in a flood of tears, if I could but win souls.”
The apostle Paul said, “If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation” (2 Cor. 1:6). “Death works in us, but life in you” (2 Cor. 4:12). And he said that his own sufferings were the completion of Christ’s sufferings for the sake of the church (Col. 1:24). Charles Spurgeon lived in this way:
“If by excessive labour, we die before reaching the average age of man, worn out in the Master’s service, then glory be to God, we shall have so much less of earth and so much more of Heaven! It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives for Jesus. We are not to be living specimens of men in fine preservation, but living sacrifices, whose lot is to be consumed.”