Godliness In The Home
By Charles H. Spurgeon
My brethren be ye like Christ at all times, imitate Him in public. Many of us are called to work before our fellow men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined – taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed world observes everything we do; and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master and not ourselves, so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20).
Carry out the spirit of Christ in your churches too, wherever you are. Let your fellow members say of you, “He has been with Jesus.”
But most of all take care to have religion in your houses. A religious house is the best proof of true piety. It is the child, the wife, the friend, that can discern most of your real character. A good man will improve his household. Rowland Hill once said he would not believe a man to be a true Christian, if his wife, his children, and even the dog and cat, were not the better for it. If your household is not the better for your Christianity, if men cannot say, “This is a better house than others,” then be not deceived – ye have nothing of the grace of God. Carry out your godliness in your family. Let everyone say that you have practical religion. Let it be known and read in the house, as well as in the world. Take care of your character there; for what we are there, we really are.