“a favorite story I have known so long that I lost the source involves C.H. Spurgeon working with a group of young preachers and one in particular who was handsome, articulate, and very self-inflated. When his turn to preach came, he bounced to his feet and bounded up the steps with great energy, wanting the giant Spurgeon to sense his enthusiasm as he entered the pulpit. Early in his sermon, however, the gifted novice fumbled his notes, floundered at regaining his composure, and failed to even finish what he had begun. Quietly he stooped to recover his fallen paper and bowed his head as he slipped from the stage and snuck to his seat, brushing back a tear. Turning to him, Spurgeon said, “If you had gone up the way you came down, you could have come down the way you went up. Bam, I love that story! It reminds me of Paul’s instruction to all preachers: “for we do not preach ourselves bu Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake”
excerpt taken from “Vertical Church” by James MacDonald
What a great reminder to always be mindful of the motivations of our heart. Are we dependent on God when we perform our work? Who do we hope gets the recognition for our efforts, God or me ?