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