Being busy is not being godly. “If Satan can’t make you bad, he will make you busy” as the quote goes. It is easy to miss the point of what ministers are doing. So C. H. Spurgeon is here to remind us:
“I have to say to you, go forward in actual work, for, after all, we shall be known by what we have done. We ought to be mighty in deed as well as word….We must be done with daydreams and get to work. I believe in eggs, but we must get chickens out of them. I do not mind how big your egg is; it may be as big as an ostrich’s egg if you like, but if there is nothing in it, pray clear away the shells…… We want facts – deeds done, souls saved. It is all very well to write essays, but what souls have you saved from going down to hell? Your excellent management of your school interests me, but how many children have been brought into the church by it? Are sinners converted? To swing to and fro on a five-barred gate is not progress, yet some seem to think so. ……
Brethren, do something; do something; do something. While committees waste their time, over resolutions, do something. While Societies and Unions are making constitutions, let us win souls. Too often we discuss, and discuss and discuss, and Satan laughs in his sleeve. It is time we had done planning and sought something to plan. I pray, be men of action all of you. Get to work and quit yourselves like men. Old Suvarov’s idea of war is mine: “Forward and strike! No theory! Attack! Form column! Charge bayonets! Plunge into the centre of the enemy.” Our one aim is to save sinners, and this we are not to talk about, but to do in the power of God”
“The Necessity of Ministerial Progress” Lecture XV Lectures to My Students, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.