We ought not to court publicity for our virtue or notoriety for our zeal but, at the same time, it is a sin to be always seeking to hide that which God has bestowed upon us for the good of others.  A Christian is not to be a village in a valley but “a city set upon a hill.”  He is not to be a candle under a bushel but a candle in a candlestick, giving light to all.  Retirement may be lovely in its season and to hide one’s self is, doubtless, modest, but the hiding of Christ in us can never be justified and the keeping back of truth which is precious to ourselves is a sin against others and an offense against God.

If you are of a nervous temperament and of a retiring disposition, take care that you do not much indulge this trembling propensity lest you should be useless to the church.  Seek, in the name of Him who was not ashamed of you, to do some little violence to your feelings and tell to others what Christ has told to you.  If you cannot speak with trumpet tongue, use the still, small voice.  If the pulpit must not be your tribune, if the press may not carry on its wings your words, yet say, with Peter and John, “We have no silver or gold, but such as we do have, we give to you.” – Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), from a meditation on Job 36.2.


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