Little children, abide in him.
Spurgeon, "Preparation for the Coming of the Lord"
Just as little children are in daily dependence
on their parents, Christians depend upon the
Why, beloved, the Lord has to nurse you! He
feeds you with the unadulterated milk of the
Word; he comforts you as a mother does her
child; he carries you in his bosom, he bears
you all your days.
Your new life is as yet weak and struggling;
do not carry it into the cold atmosphere of
distance from Jesus.
Little children, since you derive all from Jesus,
abide in him. To go elsewhere will be to wander
into a howling wilderness. The world is empty;
only Christ has fullness. Away from Jesus you
will be as a child deserted by its mother, left
to pine, and starve, and die; or as a little lamb
on the hillside without a shepherd, tracked by
the wolf, whose teeth will soon extract its
Abide, O child, with your mother!
Abide, O lamb, with your shepherd!
Cling to the Lord Jesus in your feebleness,
in your fickleness, in your nothingness; and
abidingly take him to be everything to you.