“To some people religion is a task. It will never…
“To some people religion is a task. It will never have much power over them. But when it becomes a delight, then their walk will be affected by it.
A well-known believer of the last generation, traveling in Wales, said to a little girl he saw reading her Bible, ‘Well, my dear, I see you are getting through your task.’
‘Task, sir?’ she said, ‘what do you mean? I am reading my bible.’
He said, ‘Didn’t your mother set you a chapter to read.’
‘Oh no, sir. If my mother wanted to punish me, she would not make me read the Bible. It is the most delightful book in the entire world, and it is a great joy to me when I can get a little time alone to read my bible.’
It touched his heart. As he confesses afterwards, he was delighted to find something like genuine religion. And where you find delight in religion, there it is genuine. True, genuine religion is like cascading water – all fresh and sparkling. I like to see the sparkling in it – a little sparkling religion, a little flash of joy and of delight. But much we see is flat, stale, dull, and unprofitable. God gives us delight in himself, for that is true religion.”
– Charles Haddock Spurgeon
The story Spurgeon relates here reminds me of one of my favorite sayings:
Preach the gospel all the time. Use words if you must.