Be A Nuisance

Christians, be troublesome to the world! O house of Israel, be like a burdensome stone to the world! You are not sent here to be recognized as honorable citizens of this world, to be petted and well-treated.

Even Christ himself, the peaceable One, said, “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?”

What I mean is this, we are not to be quiet about our religion. The world says to us, “Hold your tongue about religion, or at least talk about it at fit times; but do not introduce it at all seasons so as to become a pest and a nuisance.”

I say again, and you know in what sense I mean it, be a nuisance to the world; be such a man that worldlings will be compelled to feel that there is a Christian in their midst.

An officer was walking out of the royal presence on one occasion, when he tripped over his sword. The king said to him, “Your sword is rather a nuisance.” “Yes,” was the officer’s reply, “your majesty’s enemies have often said so.”

May you be a nuisance to the world in that sense, troublesome to the enemies of the King of kings! While your conduct should be courteous, and everything that could be desired as between man and man, yet let your testimony for Christ be given without any flinching and without any mincing of the matter.


Charles Spurgeon


2 thoughts on “Be A Nuisance

  1. Be a nuisance, huh? LOL. I like this. Sadly, this more “tolerant” world that we live in does indeed consider Christians (at least those with any real conviction) a nuisance.

    Of course Christ said it would be so. It is one of the things that bother me most about American Christians: this insistence because we are Americans and have rights, that people are wrong for resisting our influence.

    While they may be right according to the Constitution, and I am certainly guilty of this myself, it helps me to remember that Jesus said clearly that the world would hate us because it hated HIM first.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    I wonder how many opportunities we miss to share the gospel because we are “too nice” to offend, don’t want to be a “nuisance”, or we are waiting for an “appropriate” time? I’m better than I was but not to where I should be. Like Whitefield’s quote we shouldn’t let much time pass by with sharing the gospel. Our “Christian Tolerance” is disobedience to Christ’s command to share the gospel and our instruction to speak in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).

    Berean Wife


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