On one occasion Charles Spurgeon was scheduled to preach in Haverhill. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, he was late. So, his grandfather, James Spurgeon (pictured above) began preaching in his place. But, when Charles entered the chapel, his grandfather invited his grandson to finish the sermon, saying, “Here comes my grandson. He can preach the gospel better than I can, but you cannot preach a better gospel, can you Charles?” (Lewis Drummond, Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers [Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1992], p. 90). So Charles finished the sermon.
This story gives great hope for ordinary preachers with ordinary gifts. We can stand with the most gifted of preachers, not because of our giftedness, but because they can’t improve upon the gospel.