Good Master

Matthew 19:16 – An Evening Devotion by Charles H. Spurgeon
Good Master.

If  the young man in the gospel used this title in speaking to our Lord, how much more fitly may I thus address Him!


He is indeed my Master in both senses,

  • a ruling Master
  • and a teaching Master.

I delight to run His errands, and to sit at His feet.


  • I am both His servant
  • and His disciple,
  • and count it my highest honor to own the double character.

If He should ask me why I call Him “good,” I should have a ready answer. It is true that “there is none good but one, that is, God,” but then He is God, and all the goodness of Deity shines forth in Him.


  • In my experience, I have found Him good, so good, indeed, that all the good I have has come to me through Him.
  • He was good to me when I was dead in sin, for He raised me by His Spirit’s power;
  • He has been good to me in all my needs, trials, struggles, and sorrows.


Never could there be a better Master,

  • for His service is freedom,
  • His rule is love: I wish I were one thousandth part as good a servant.


When He teaches me as my Rabbi, He is unspeakably good,

  • His doctrine is divine,
  • His manner is condescending**,
  • His spirit is gentleness itself.

No error mingles with His instruction-pure is the golden truth which He brings forth, and all His teachings lead to goodness, sanctifying as well as edifying the disciple.

Angels find Him a good Master and delight to pay their homage at His footstool. The ancient saints proved Him to be a good Master, and each of them rejoiced to sing, “I am Thy servant, O Lord!” My own humble testimony must certainly be to the same effect. I will bear this witness before my friends and neighbors, for possibly they may be led by my testimony to seek my Lord Jesus as their Master.


O that they would do so! They would never repent so wise a deed. If they would but take His easy yoke, they would find themselves in so royal a service that they would enlist in it for ever.

**Con-de-scend: to put aside one’s dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior: He condescended to their intellectual level in order to be understood.


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