But in regard to our congregations, the old orator might soon see his prayer answered, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears,” for when the gospel is preached, we lend our ears to everybody; we are accustomed to hear for our neighbors, and not for ourselves.  Now, I have no objection to your lending anything else you like, but I have a strong objection to you lending your ears. I shall be glad if you keep them at home for a minute or two, for I want to make you hear for yourselves this truth.

—C. H. Spurgeon