This week, let’s be guided by this quotation I found instructive, when I read the works of this bible scholar called Charles Spurgeon. He observed, and I quote:
If a thing be right, though you lose by it, it must be done; if it be wrong, though you would gain by it you must scorn the sin for your Master’s sake.”
I picked this simple quotation from Charles Spurgeon, in his exposition on 2nd Corinthians 6:17
The text itself, inter alia, enjoins us not to conform to the world even though we live here. It tells every saved sinner and repented soul to live a distinguished life and seek to glorify God in whatever we do.
It was in during his remark about the summarized text of 2Corinthians 6:17 that Spurgeon made the instructive call on us as Christians which I quoted earlier.
Basically he tells us to do the right thing even if it will cost us and refrain from what is wrong, even if it will benefit us. Spurgeon says we should do this for the sake of God.
This is a tough word of wisdom and it appears Spurgeon is ignorant about what goes on in our real world.
We live in a world where doing good sometimes doesn’t pay. Doing the wrong and “fast connections” sometimes pay quickly and more. Consequently our lives on earth as Christians, are filled with many “normalized wrongs” that temporarily benefits us.
Sometimes, it happens unconsciously. We will easily choose to do what is wrong because of its benefit to us and ignore the right thing because it may not immediately benefit us. We will sometimes unconsciously choose to do the wrong thing because it conforms with what everyone does.
We will do so because it is sometimes petty, minor and seen as normal in the normal conduct of our daily lives and relationship with others.
But we are on earth not to satisfy ourselves but to please our Master and Maker. It is my prayer that the grace and Spirit of God help all
of us to do good, even when it doesn’t appear to pay now. For it will surely pay one day. Again, may God help us scorn sin, in spite of its quick benefits. For we may lose in future, if we don’t repent.
The Lord bless you as you go about your work and other activities this week. But let us be mindful that;
“If a thing be right, though you lose by it, it must be done if it be wrong though you would gain by it, you must scorn the sin for your Master’s sake.”
This is difficult, but that’s what we are told to do to please our Maker.
May God help us.