Pruning in Invitation
CH Spurgeon said “As for the true Christian, he/she expects to have their reward in the next life, and to endure hardness in this. The promise of the old covenant is adversity. Remember Christ’s words–“.He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. “Alas!” you say, “that is a terrible prospect.” But this affliction works out such precious results, that the Christian who is the subject of it must learn to rejoice in tribulations, because as his tribulations abound, so his consolations abound by Christ Jesus. Rest assured, if you are a child of God, you will be no stranger to the rod. Sooner or later every bar of gold must pass through the fire.” Invite someone today to take a closer look at Christ and his church and as Spurgeon implies the experience might feel like you have been pruned!