I am still reading Calvin Miller’s book “O Shepherd Where Art Thou?”
I found out this week I am going to get to hear Miller speak at Truett’s preaching conference in February. I look forward to it.
I came across this quote this afternoon.
“It is a sin to try to minister grace when you do not treasure it in your own personal and private inwardness: ‘Many a tailor goes in rags, that maketh costly clothes for others; and many a cook sacrcely licks his fingers when he hath dressed for others the most costly dishes. Believe it brethren, God never saved any man for being a preacher, nor because he was an able preacher; but because he was a justified, sanctified man, and consequently faithful in his master’s work. Take heed, therfore to yourselves first, that you be that which you persuade your hearers to be, and believe that which you persuade them to believe, and heartily entertain that Saviour whom you offer to them.”
Beautiful quote. Such a dangerous vocation the ministry. That at once inflates ones tendencies to vanity while simultaneously wrecking one with doubt of call, gifting, and motive. That calls one to preach the word of God and deign to follow his/her own words.
On one hand I can’t imagine one who hasn’t sold out to the gospel he or she preaches lasting long in ministry; yet, on the other hand it seems likely that much of the harm done in churches and throughout Christianity is a result of just this.
the call of this quote truly goes beyond pastors and vocational ministers to all who claim relationship with Christ. Are you fully a convert of that which you preach/live/believe?
Deign to live that which you believe.