From the Resurgence blog:
Perhaps the best piece of advice I was given in answer to this question, only just a short time ago, was: you may be unsure of your call to ministry, but you can be positive of your call to holiness. Spurgeon’s first chapter in Lectures is invaluable: The Minister’s Self Watch. The Pastor himself is his own tool. A carpenter sharpens his tools for ready use. An aspiring elder must see that he is ready to use by seeking Christ for personal holiness.
RC is always heart warming. Thanks Justin.
About five years ago as I was contemplating “full-time ministry” I met with my pastor, an older man at the end of his ministry (he died just a year later). I asked him at the end “What’s the best piece of advice you can give me?” Dave leaned over his desk, looked me right in the eye — and I’m thinking, This is it! He’s about to give me the goods on ministry success! — and he said, “Spend time with God every day.” That’s it. Best counsel I’ve ever received, hands down.
Very good, and practical video. Especially hitting on the aspect of programs and steps to success. The other day, I re-read an article by David Wilkerson called “The Dangers of the Gospel of Accommodation” (http://www.forgottenword.org/accommodation.html).
Very relevant, especially in a day-and-age like today.
I was reading Murray M’Cheyne’s memoirs yesterday and highlighted this (more for myself than anything):
“I have been too anxious to do great things. The lust of praise has ever been my besetting sin; and what more befitting school could be found for me than that of suffering alone, away from the eye and ear of man.”
He also said this:
“Preached twice at Larbert, on the righteousness of God, Rom i:16. In the morning was more engaged in preparing the head than the heart. This has been frequently my error, and I have always felt the evil of it, especially in prayer. Reform it, then, O Lord.”
I like when Rc said, “The power is in the Gospel, that’s where God put the power.”
I wonder how many pastors really believe this?
Solid words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing this video.
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Justin Taylor is executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher for Crossway and blogs at Between Two Worlds. You can follow him on Twitter.
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