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According to Christ's law, every Christian is to be active in spreading the faith, which was delivered, not to the ministers, but to the saints, to every one of them, that they might maintain it, and spread it according to the gift which the Spirit has given them. Shall I venture a parable? A certain band of warlike knights had been exceedingly victorious in all their conflicts. They were men of valor and of indomitable courage; they had carried everything before them, and subdued province after province for their king. But on a sudden they said in the council-chamber, 'We have at our head a most valiant warrior, one whose arm is stout enough to smite down fifty of his adversaries; would it not be better if, leaving a few such as he to go out to the fight, the mere men-at-arms, who make up the ordinary ranks, were to rest at home? We should be much more at our ease; our horses would not so often be covered with foam, nor our armor be bruised, the many would enjoy abundant leisure, and great things would be done by the valiant few.' Now, the foremost champions, with fear and trembling, undertook the task and went to the conflict, and they fought well, as the rolls of fame can testify; to the best of their ability they unhorsed their foes and performed great exploits. But still, from the very hour in which that scheme was planned and carried out ho city was taken, no province was conquered. Then the knights met together, and said, 'How is this? Our former prestige is departed, our ranks are broken, our pennons are trailed in the dust, what is the cause of it?' When out spoke the champion, and said, 'Doubtless it is so, and for a reason clear and plain. How did you think that a slender band could do the work of all the thousands? When you all went to the fight, and every man took his share, e dashed upon the foe like an avalanche, and crushed him beneath our tramp; but now that you stay at home, and put us., who are but a handful, to fight every battle, how can you expect that great things should be done?' So each man resolved to put on his helmet and his armor once again, and hasten to the battle, and lo, the angel of victory returned.


If we are to subdue the earth, every one of us must join in the fight. We must not exempt a single soldier of the cross, neither man nor woman, rich nor poor; but each must fight for the Lord Jesus according to his ability, that his kingdom may come, and that his will may be done in earth even as it is in heaven. We shall see great things when all agree to this and put it in practice.


Bibliography Information
Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Personal Effort: Needed for Success'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​p/personal-effort-needed-for-success.html. 1870.
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