Posted by: the watchmen | December 30, 2007

CH Spurgeon_______December 30

December 30-Morning {Daily Reading: #Re 19:1-20:15} {Quick Study: #Re 17:1-19:21}

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”

{#Ec 7:8}

Look at David’s Lord and Master; see his beginning. He was

despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted

with grief. Would you see the end? He sits at his Father’s right

hand, expecting until his enemies be made his footstool. “As he

is, so are we also in this world.” You must bear the cross, or

you shall never wear the crown; you must wade through the mire,

or you shall never walk the golden pavement. Cheer up, then,

poor Christian. “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning

thereof.” See that creeping worm, how contemptible its

appearance! It is the beginning of a thing. Mark that insect

with gorgeous wings, playing in the sunbeams, sipping at the

flower bells, full of happiness and life; that is the end

thereof. That caterpillar is yourself, until you are wrapped up

in the chrysalis of death; but when Christ shall appear you

shall be like him, for you shall see him as he is. Be content to

be like him, a worm and no man, that like him you may be

satisfied when you wake up in his likeness. That rough looking

diamond is put upon the wheel of the lapidary. He cuts it on all

sides. It loses much—much that seemed costly to itself. The

king is crowned; the diadem is put upon the monarch’s head with

trumpet’s joyful sound. A glittering ray flashes from that

coronet, and it beams from that very diamond which was just now

so sorely vexed by the lapidary. You may venture to compare

yourself to such a diamond, for you are one of God’s people; and

this is the time of the cutting process. Let faith and patience

have their perfect work, for in the day when the crown shall be

set upon the head of the King, Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, one

ray of glory shall stream from you. “They shall be mine,” saith

the Lord, “in the day when I make up my jewels.” “Better is the

end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”

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