“These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;” —Acts 17:6
Man is a little world, and what God does in the outer world, he does in the inner. If any of you would be saved your hearts must be turned upside down. I will now appeal to you, and ask you whether you have ever felt this— whether you know the meaning of it?
…. In the first place, your judgment must be turned upside down. Cannot many of you say, that which you now believe to be the truth of God is very far opposed to your former carnal notions?
…. Is there not, again, a total change of all your hopes? Why, your hopes used to be all for this world. If you could but get rich, if you could but be great and honoured, you would be happy! You looked forward to it. All you were expecting was a paradise this side the flood. And now where are your hopes? —not on earth; for where your treasure is, there must your heart be also. You are looking for a city that hands have not piled; your desires are heavenly, whereas they were gross and carnal once. Can ye say that?
…. Again, it is a complete upsetting of all your pleasures. You loved the tavern once, you hate it now. You hated God’s house once; it is now your much-loved habitation.
…. I put, then, the question to you again: Have you been turned upside down?
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, May 9, 1858
at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens
New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. 4, Sermon No. 193
“The World Turned Upside Down”