The name Spurgeon summons thoughts of the highly influential Charles Haddon, a 19th century Baptist preacher whose sermons are well-published and quotes highly referenced. Rarely would one think of Susie, the wife of this legendary pastor.
A woman who looked to Jesus in every circumstance, trained her children in the ways of the Lord, and loved and treasured the Word of God, it is in fact Susie Spurgeon who advanced her husband’s legacy. It is she we can thank for assuring his books and sermons were translated and disseminated around the world. During the 11 years between their deaths, as well as in the 17 years prior, nearly 200,000 of Charles’ books were donated to over 25,000 ministers. In addition, hundreds of thousands of his sermons were sent to pastors throughout the world.
All through Susie’s Book Fund. All without access to internet and pdf copies. No cut and paste. No click to send. All were mailed with personalized messages, often with clothing for the needy pastor or his wife and children.
Her goal in what could be considered her life work was not to exalt the Spurgeon name, but to lift the name of Jesus, strengthen the church, and provide essential works to pastors around the globe.
The life of Susie Spurgeon was one of living sacrifice – a witness to the devotion of service to the body of Christ. During suffering, a witness of service. During pain, a witness of service. During grief, a witness of service. One who understood the value of stillness and rest. One who displayed a deep devotion to her Lord and to her spouse. One who put service above her own desires.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Spurgeon. May the name invoke a love for service, an appreciation for an extraordinarily Godly woman behind a great man of faith, and an inspiration to live into our calling as a witness in every circumstance of life.
A source and inspirational read:Susie:The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes, Jr.