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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Christ: His Eye Our Stimulus
There is a touching fact related in a history of a Highland chief, of the noble house of M'Gregor, who fell wounded by two balls, at the battle of Prestonpans. Seeing their chief fall, the clan wavered, and gave the enemy an advantage. The old chieftain, beholding the effect of his disaster, raised himself up on his elbow, while the blood gushed in streams from his wounds, and cried aloud, 'I am not dead, my children; I am looking at you to see you do your duty.' These words revived the sinking course of his brave Highlanders. There was a charm in the fact that they still fought under the eye of their chief. It roused them to put forth their mightiest energies, and they did all that human strength could do to turn and stem the dreadful tide of battle.
And is there not a charm to thee, O believer, in the fact that you contend in the battle-field of life under the eye of your Savior? Wherever you are, however you are oppressed by foes, however exhausted by the stem strife with evil, the eye of Christ is fixed most lovingly upon thee. Nor is Jesus the only observer of your conduct. You are also 'a spectacle unto angels.' You are 'compassed about by a cloud of witnesses.' Human and angelic minds, animated, the good by love, and the evil by hate, are the spectators of your deeds. Thus is the theatre of your life made sublime; and you contend for salvation under circumstances sufficiently grand, and with results before you sufficiently awful, to arouse your latent powers, and to stimulate you to strive bravely, vigorously, and perseveringly even unto victory.: G. Wise.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Christ: His Eye Our Stimulus'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/c/christ-his-eye-our-stimulus.html. 1870.
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26