Charles Spurgeon, the well-known 19th century Baptist preacher, was reared within the Congregational church. His grandfather was a well-known Congregational minister.
In later years, Spurgeon would credit a snow storm for his conversion. As he was headed to a certain place of worship, he turned aside into a Primitive Methodist Church because of the weather.
That morning the minister did not show up. And so, as Spurgeon would say, “a very thin-looking man, a shoemaker, or tailor, or something of that sort, went up to the pulpit to preach. Now it is well that preachers be instructed, but this man was really stupid. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had little else to say. The text was, ‘Look unto me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth’ (Isaiah 45:22).”
The man was not a great preacher. There was little or no eloquence about him. But he pressed the simplicity of looking unto Jesus. Anyone can look. You don't need to go to college to look. A fool can look. Even a child can look.
After about ten minutes, having run out of anything else to say, the man looked directly at Spurgeon and called him to put his faith in Jesus Christ. And so he did. Charles Spurgeon looked unto Jesus in faith. And in a moment, the darkness rolled away. God saved his soul.
Having professed his faith in Jesus, Spurgeon also decided to become a Baptist. When his mother heard that news, she said, “I prayed that you might be a Christian, but I never prayed that you might be a Baptist.”
To this Spurgeon replied, “nevertheless, I became a Baptist, for, as I reminded her, the Lord was able to do for her exceedingly above what she asked or thought – and he did it!”