Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, is a popular figure in Christianity. Most Christians have encountered his works at some point in their spiritual walk. His Morning and Evening devotional is most widely known.

Spurgeon’s works have impacted millions of lives. So, instead of simply giving you details about why Spurgeon was so great, I want to show you the proof! I’m sharing this morning’s entry from his beloved Morning and Evening devotional. I read it today during my quiet time, and I felt it was an encouraging word to share. It speaks perfectly to the heart that the Prince of Preachers had for those he ministered to.


He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory.” Zechariah 6:13

Christ Himself is the builder of His spiritual temple, and He has built it on the mountains of His unchangeable affection, His omnipotent grace, and His infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon’s temple, so in this; the materials need making ready.

There are the “Cedars of Lebanon,” but they are not framed for the building; they are not cut down, and shaped, and made into those planks of cedar, whose odoriferous beauty shall make glad the courts of the Lord’s house in Paradise. There are also the rough stones still in the quarry, they must be hewn thence, and squared. All this is Christ’s own work.

Each individual believer is being prepared, and polished, and made ready for his place in the temple; but Christ’s own hand performs the preparation-work. Afflictions cannot sanctify, excepting as they are used by Him to this end.

Our prayers and efforts cannot make us ready for heaven, apart from the hand of Jesus, who fashioneth our hearts aright.

As in the building of Solomon’s temple, “there was neither hammer, nor axe, nor any tool of iron, heard in the house,” because all was brought perfectly ready for the exact spot it was to occupy- so is it with the temple which Jesus builds; the making ready is all done on earth.

When we reach heaven, there will be no sanctifying us there, no squaring us with affliction, no planing us with suffering. No, we must be made meet here- all that Christ will do beforehand; and when He has done it, we shall be ferried by a loving hand across the stream of death, and brought to the heavenly Jerusalem, to abide as eternal pillars in the temple of our Lord.

Beneath His eye and care,
The edifice shall rise,
Majestic, strong, and fair,
And shine above the skies.


For me, this devotion forced me to remember that my life as a Christian is all about being molded into the image of Christ. This means God brings difficulties and trials our way for our good, which leads to our sanctification. With this as our perspective it should motivate us to praise God because he uses all things for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).

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  1. Grahame Stronge Reply

    Thanks for the amazing word that C H Spurgeon spoke , I’ve had many tears and sorrows 15 bombings by the IRA ,98 robberies , been shot at and many more incidents but God has protected and sustained me through it all

  2. Goodluck Wariboko Reply

    This is quite uplifting and thought-provoking.I was filled this morning going through this brief.Im glad I did.

  3. Troy Mullens Reply

    I have really been enjoying the 37 volume series. Finally, a rap song worth listening to. Check it out at the end of the post.

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