McCheyne’s "Hints For Ministers"
Souls are perishing every day, and our own entrance into eternity cannot be far distant. Let us, like Mary, do what we can, and no doubt God will bless it, and reward us openly.
Seek to be lamblike; without this, all your effort to do good to others will be as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.
Get much of the hidden life in your soul; soon it will make spiritual life spread around.
Never forget that the true end of a sermon is the salvation of the people.
Do not fear the face of man. Remember how small their anger will appear in eternity.
Oh, fight hard against sin and the devil. The devil never sleeps; be active for good.
But an inch of time remains, and then eternal ages roll on forever; but an inch on which, however, we can stand and preach the way of salvation to a perishing world. Cry for personal holiness – constant nearness to God by the blood of the Lamb; bask in His beams, be filled with His Spirit; else all success in the ministry will only be your own everlasting confusion.
It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. – Selected.
– Reprinted with permission from Wesleyan Herald.