A Consecrated Ministry
Ministers should have no engrossing interests aside from the great work of leading souls to the Savior. The fishermen whom Christ called, straightway left their nets and followed Him.
He who teaches the word must himself live in conscious, hourly communion with God through prayer and a study of His word. If men will walk with God, He will hide them in the cleft of the Rock. Thus hidden, they can see God. pastor should mingle freely with the people for whom he labors, that by becoming acquainted with them he may know how to adapt his teaching to their needs. When a minister has preached a sermon, his work has but just begun. There is personal work for him to do. He should visit the people in their homes, talking and praying with them in earnestness and humility.
Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. 2 Corinthians 4:17, 18