To Be Like Our Master

It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? -Matthew 10:25

It often happens, however, that when we are really earnest about some purpose, some enemy will rise up. Unconscious, perhaps, of the nobility of our purpose, he will misconstrue our motives, vilify our character, and tread our fair name in the dust. There is a strong temptation at such seasons to defend one’s self. We want to say just a word about one’s own sincerity and heartiness of purpose. The temptation comes very strongly on us, because we think that we ourselves are so wrapped up, so intimately connected with the work, that perhaps, if our name be injured that work may suffer also. How many good and great men have fallen into this snare, so that they have left their work in order to take care of themselves, and have at least diminished some little of their ardor, or commingled the ardor which they feel for those objects with another fervency of spirit-the fervency of self-defense.

Now, in our Lord Jesus Christ you see nothing of this. He is so set upon His purpose that when they call Him a drunkard He doth not deny it; when they say He is a Samaritan and is mad, He takes it silently and seems to say, “Be it so; think so, if you will.” Now and then there is a word of complaint, but not of accusation. When it is really for their good He will rebuke them, and say, “How can Beelzebub cast out Beelzebub?” But there is no elaborate defense of His character. Christ has left on record, in His sermons, no apology for anything He said. He just went about His work and did it, and left men to think what they pleased about Him. He knew right well that contempt and shame from some men are but another phase of glory, and that to suffer the despite of a depraved race was to be glorified in the presence of His Father, and in the midst of His holy angels…And so, too good to be selfish, too glorious to care for any one’s esteem, He could not and would not turn aside, but as an arrow from the bow of some mighty archer, He sped on His way towards His destined target.~ C.H. Spurgeon



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