The Last Sermon for the Year
Charles H. Spurgeon
This sermon was taken from The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit and was preached on Sunday evening, December 26, 1869.
The first part of this text applies to us all; the second part will apply to each one of us before long. "Give an account of thy stewardship," is a command that may be addressed to the ungodly. They are accountable to God for all that they have, or ever have had, or ever shall have. The law of the Lord is not relaxed because they have sinned; they still remain responsible to God, even though they attempt to cast off the yoke of the Almighty. As creatures formed by the divine hand, and sustained by divine power, they are bound to serve God; and if they do not, and will not, His claims upon them do not cease, and to each of them He says, "Give an account of thy stewardship."
This text may also be applied to the children of God, to the godly-in a different sense, however, and after another fashion. For, first of all, the godly are God's children, they are accounted as standing in Christ. They are no longer merely God's subjects; for what they owed to God as sinners has all been discharged by Jesus Christ their Substitute and Savior. They have, therefore, been placed on a different footing from other men; but having been saved by grace, and adopted into God's family, they have had entrusted to them talents which they are to use to His honor and glory. Being the Lord's children, and being saved, they become His servants, and as His servants they are under responsibility to God, and they will all have to give to Him an account of their stewardship.
Look at Eli; I have no doubt that he was a saved man, but God made him a steward over his own family as well as a prophet to Israel, and he had to give an account of his stewardship, and because he had not been faithful in it, although he was not condemned eternally, yet he was made most miserably to suffer when he was told that the whole ...
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