“If we want to bring up a godly family, who shall be a seed to serve God when our heads are under the clods of the valley, let us seek to train them up in the fear of God by meeting together as a family for worship.”
The Challenge of Busyness
Most of us face the challenge of not having the time for family worship. Our schedules are busy and we’re a frequently tired people. Looking at this one man’s grace convinces me that regular times of family worship, prayer and Bible reading is doable.
I read the following and was both impressed and slightly depressed! Charles Spurgeon was an amazing man. Don Whitney wrote a book last year called Family Worship ($6 on Amazon.com) and his footnote on Spurgeon portrays the most succinct and vivid picture of his lifestyle practices.
Here is Whitney’s Endnote on Spurgeon’s Lifestyle Practices
“Some may think Spurgeon lived in a much simpler era that afforded him more time to practice family worship than Christians would have today.
I’ve [Whitney] conducted a great deal of PhD research on Spurgeon’s life and pastoral ministry, and can confirm this isn’t so. Spurgeon’s autobiography, as well as many first-hand observers, tell us that Spurgeon (1) pastored the largest evangelical church in the world at that time (with more than six thousand active members), (2) preached almost every day, (3) edited his sermons for weekly publications, and thereby (4) produced (in the sixty-four volume Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit) the largest collection of works by any single author in English, (5) wrote an additional one hundred and twenty books (one every four months throughout his entire adult life), (6) presided over sixty-six different ministries (such as the pastors’ college he founded), (7) edited a monthly magazine (The Sword and the Trowel), (8) typically read five books each week, many of which he reviewed for his magazine, and (9) wrote with a dip pen five hundred letters per week.
God gave Spurgeon an extraordinary capacity for work and productivity. And yet, despite the ceaseless, crushing demands on his schedule, at six each evening, setting aside a to-do list that few could match today, he gathered his wife, twin boys, and all others present in his home at the time for family worship.
– Don Whitney (see endnote)
You Can Do It Too!
Each of us receives our own grace and gifts from the Lord. You may not have the grace or calling to preach up to 10 sermons a week or write 4 books a year. But, how much grace is possible in the Lord for leading your tribe in reading the Word, praying and adoring Jesus in worship? What is possible for your living rooms?
May His grace fill your heart and home!
Whitney, Donald S.. Family Worship: In the Bible, In History, and In Your Home (pp. 73-74). Crossway. Kindle Edition.
One more thing… What does Spurgeon’s lifestyle make you think about?
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