Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Doing Good: a Blessing to Ourselves
If we view this microcosm, the human body, we shall fin that the heart does not receive the blood to store it up, but while it pumps it in at one valve, it sen4s it forth at another The blood is always circulating everywhere, and is stagnant nowhere; the same is true of all the fluids in a health3 body, they are in a constant state of expenditure. If one ccl) stores for a few moments its peculiar secretion, it only retains it till it is perfectly fitted for its appointed use in the body; for if any cell in the body should begin to store up its secretion, its store would soon become the cause of inveterate disease; nay, the organ would soon lose the power to secrete at all, if it did not give forth its products. The whole b1 the human system lives by giving. The eye cannot say to the foot, I have no need of thee, and will not guide thee; for if it does not perform its watchful office, the whole man will be in the ditch, and the eye will be covered with mire. If the members refuse to contribute to the general stock, the whole body will become poverty-stricken, and be given up to the bankruptcy of death. Let us learn, then, from the analogy of nature, the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that to get good and become spiritually vigorous, we must do good, and seek the spiritual good of others.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Doing Good: a Blessing to Ourselves'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/d/doing-good-a-blessing-to-ourselves.html. 1870.