Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. – Charles Spurgeon
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Just back from an excellent service at Dumfries Northwest Church, where four of us shared the conduct of worship.
The Scripture Reading (and the theme) was the New Testament story of Zacchaeus.
It reminded me of a story concerning Charles Spurgeon and a student in training for the ministry
Part of the training involved the students preaching before their fellow classmates.
Spurgeon would call a student to the front of the class, hand him a text, and ask him to preach on it.
Once, the selected student stood up in front of the class and said, “I have been given the New Testament passage: Luke 19, verses 1-10.
“There are three things I would like to point out about Zacchaeus:
“I would like to say in the first place, he was a little man and so am I.
“I would remark in the second place, he was up a tree and so am I.
“And I would emphasize in the third place, he made haste and came down and so will I.”
Charles Spurgeon once asked a ministerial student to preach an impromptu sermon, the result of which deserved entry in the Guinness World Records for the shortest sermon ever preached. The student preacher proclaimed the entire sermon in three sentences. Appropriately, the topic was Zacchaeus:
“First, Zacchaeus was a man of small stature; so am I. Second, Zacchaeus was very much up a tree; so am I. Third, Zacchaeus made haste and came down; so will I.”
With that, the student sat down to shouts of “More, more!” from his fellows. “No,” said Spurgeon. “He could not improve upon that if he tried.”1