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For the evening of February 19th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"He first findeth his own brother Simon." --John 1:41

This case is an excellent pattern of all cases where spiritual life is vigorous. As soon as a man has found Christ,he begins to find others. I will not believe that thou hasttasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it allthyself. True grace puts an end to all spiritual monopoly.Andrew first found his own brother Simon, and then others.Relationship has a very strong demand upon our first individualefforts. Andrew, thou didst well to begin with Simon. I doubtwhether there are not some Christians giving away tracts atother people's houses who would do well to give away a tract attheir own--whether there are not some engaged in works ofusefulness abroad who are neglecting their special sphere ofusefulness at home. Thou mayst or thou mayst not be called toevangelize the people in any particular locality, but certainlythou art called to see after thine own servants, thine ownkinsfolk and acquaintance. Let thy religion begin at home. Manytradesmen export their best commodities--the Christian shouldnot. He should have all his conversation everywhere of the bestsavour; but let him have a care to put forth the sweetest fruitof spiritual life and testimony in his own family. When Andrewwent to find his brother, he little imagined how eminent Simonwould become. Simon Peter was worth ten Andrews so far as wecan gather from sacred history, and yet Andrew was instrumentalin bringing him to Jesus. You may be very deficient in talentyourself, and yet you may be the means of drawing to Christ onewho shall become eminent in grace and service. Ah! dear friend,you little know the possibilities which are in you. You may butspeak a word to a child, and in that child there may beslumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian churchin years to come. Andrew has only two talents, but he findsPeter. Go thou and do likewise.

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