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Jesus-Centered Life youth devotion no.13

Following the Beeline

A little over 150 years ago, he was the most famous person in all the world, but you’ve likely never heard of him. He’s C.H. Spurgeon, and he earned the nickname “the prince of preachers” when he was just 22 because of his inspiring sermons as the pastor of London’s famous downtown church, New Park Street Chapel. Every Sunday he’d preach twice, to congregations of 6,000 people, before the days of microphones and amplification. Today, he still has more books in print than any pastor in history, including more than 2,500 sermons.

Spurgeon lived by a very simple conviction—to “beeline” everything in his life and ministry to Jesus. Of course, “beeline” is a funny word to us. It means that no matter what he was preaching or teaching about, Spurgeon was always headed to Jesus. Once, a young pastor asked Spurgeon to critique his preaching, and the older man was blunt: “That was a poor sermon.” When the young man asked for an explanation, Spurgeon replied: “Because there was no Christ in it.” The young man protested that his chosen Scripture verse had nothing to do with Jesus. Spurgeon responded: “Don’t you know, young man, that from every town, and every village, and every little hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London? And so from every text in Scripture there is a road to the metropolis of the Scriptures, that is Christ.”

Spurgeon’s passion for Jesus, and his determination to track everything he said and did back to “the metropolis of Christ,” is the light we need to find our way through a life that can seem like a dark jungle.

Living It Out

Another way to define “beeline” might be: Pointing directly toward.

Sermons are awesome, and Spurgeon was pretty good at them! But here’s something worth thinking about: The way you live your life may be the most important sermon your friends will ever hear.

If that’s true, and if the best sermons make a beeline (or point directly toward) Jesus, then maybe our lives can make a beeline (or point directly toward) Jesus, too! But you already know that a lot of teenagers are “pointing their lives” to all sorts of stuff other than Jesus.

For many…

How they pick their friends points directly toward a desire to be popular.

How they talk about others points directly toward a desire to belittle.

How they spend their alone time points directly toward a desire to feed their own sinful desires.

The way you live your life may be the most important sermon your friends will ever hear. What is your sermon pointing them to?