Should I go? by Charles Spurgeon

The man that never cares about the perishing heathen, is he saved? Is he like Christ? If he be not like Christ, and have not the spirit of Christ, then he is none of his.

“Well,” says a young man, “I have been arguing with myself whether I should go.”

I will tell you another thing to argue. Take it for granted that you ought to go unless you can prove that you should not.

Every Christian man is bound to give himself to the Master’s work in that department which most needs him, and that is foreign missions, unless he can prove to his own satisfaction that he ought not, and that he has not the gift.

I wish that could be learned by our men. You want a call to the ministry.

I believe that is right, but those who can speak well ought rather to try and show that they are not bound to preach, and if they can show that they are excused; but they ought to go through that process first. You are bound, brother, unless you can show that God in his providence has utterly prevented you.

 C. H. Spurgeon, Speeches at Home and Abroad (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009), 134.

About the author

Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.

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