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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - July 18, 2015

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> "They shall go hindmost with their standards."
> Numbers 2:31
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> The camp of Dan brought up the rear when the armies of Israel were on the march.
The Danites occupied the hindmost place, but what mattered the position, since
they were as truly part of the host as were the foremost tribes; they followed the
same fiery cloudy pillar, they ate of the same manna, drank of the same spiritual
rock, and journeyed to the same inheritance. Come, my heart, cheer up, though last
and least; it is thy privilege to be in the army, and to fare as they fare who
lead the van. Some one must be hindmost in honour and esteem, some one must do
menial work for Jesus, and why should not I? In a poor village, among an ignorant
peasantry; or in a back street, among degraded sinners, I will work on, and "go
hindmost with my standard."
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> The Danites occupied a very useful place. Stragglers have to be picked up upon the
march, and lost property has to be gathered from the field. Fiery spirits may dash
forward over untrodden paths to learn fresh truth, and win more souls to Jesus;
but some of a more conservative spirit may be well engaged in reminding the church
of her ancient faith, and restoring her fainting sons. Every position has its
duties, and the slowly moving children of God will find their peculiar state one
in which they may be eminently a blessing to the whole host.
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> The rear guard is a place of danger. There are foes behind us as well as before
us. Attacks may come from any quarter. We read that Amalek fell upon Israel, and
slew some of the hindmost of them. The experienced Christian will find much work
for his weapons in aiding those poor doubting, desponding, wavering, souls, who
are hindmost in faith, knowledge, and joy. These must not be left unaided, and
therefore be it the business of well-taught saints to bear their standards among
the hindmost. My soul, do thou tenderly watch to help the hindmost this day.
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> Evening
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> "Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path."
> Joel 2:8
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> Locusts always keep their rank, and although their number is legion, they do not
crowd upon each other, so as to throw their columns into confusion. This
remarkable fact in natural history shows how thoroughly the Lord has infused the
spirit of order into his universe, since the smallest animate creatures are as
much controlled by it as are the rolling spheres or the seraphic messengers. It
would be wise for believers to be ruled by the same influence in all their
spiritual life. In their Christian graces no one virtue should usurp the sphere of
another, or eat out the vitals of the rest for its own support. Affection must not
smother honesty, courage must not elbow weakness out of the field, modesty must
not jostle energy, and patience must not slaughter resolution.

So also with our
duties, one must not interfere with another; public usefulness must not injure
private piety; church work must not push family worship into a corner. It is ill
to offer God one duty stained with the blood of another. Each thing is beautiful
in its season, but not otherwise. It was to the Pharisee that Jesus said, "This
ought ye to have done, and not to have left the other undone." The same rule
applies to our personal position, we must take care to know our place, take it,
and keep to it.

We must minister as the Spirit has given us ability, and not
intrude upon our fellow servant's domain. Our Lord Jesus taught us not to covet
the high places, but to be willing to be the least among the brethren. Far from us
be an envious, ambitious spirit, let us feel the force of the Master's command,
and do as he bids us, keeping rank with the rest of the host. To-night let us see
whether we are keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, and let our
prayer be that, in all the churches of the Lord Jesus, peace and order may
prevail.
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When I read something like this, even though I'm not catholic, I think of sister Theresa who did the dirty work that others won't do.
that hindmost is as important as up front. which makes me feel better because I'm not a good public speaker and keep my small works in secret.
 
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