“Sinners, let me address you with the words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, ‘Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.’” (Iain H. Murray, Spurgeon V. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle For Gospel Preaching)
Isn’t that preaching refreshing? Indeed. It is the preaching the pastor still needs as he gets on his knees before God every day. It is the need for the mother and child, and every other person in this world. If the gospel had required we bring something to God to warrant his love, none would come, and if they came, none could be received. But coming to Christ is going to the one true God who needs nothing from us, but offers everything to us.
I wonder if our ministries are characterized by this type of preaching? It cannot be if we are not first coming daily to God with the same neediness. He needs nothing from me, but offers me everything. As you received Christ, so walk in Him!
We must not forget this great truth: Ministry is a gift just like salvation. The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:1 says,
“Therefore, since we have this ministry because we were shown mercy, we do not give up.”
So, here’s to not giving up pastors, press on!