Priority of Service
When Dr. W.A. Criswell, pastor of the
largest Southern Baptist church in the world, was preaching in the
One day he pulled his pony to a stop and began to talk to him. He said, “Paddy, there is something wrong. We are not doing it right. I am afraid we have things turned around an dour priorities are not where they ought to be. Maybe we ought to serve God and place him first in our lives.” Kraft then drove home and made a covenant that for the rest of his life he would first serve God and then would work as God directed.
Many years after this, Dr. Criswell
heard James Kraft say, “I would rather be a layman in the
Motivation for Ministry
David Brainerd said this to Jonathan Edwards: “I do not go to heaven to be advanced but to give honor to God. It is no matter where I shall be stationed in heaven, whether I have a high or low seat there, but to live and please and glorify God… My heaven is to please God and glorify Him, and give all to Him, and to be wholly devoted to His glory.”
There are several commands that are associated with the monosyllable “go” which we may take to illustrate the commands of Christ.
Ⅰ. Power. “ Go in this thy might” ( Judges 6:14).
Ⅱ. Prayer. “In Thy name we go against this multitude” (11. Chronicles 14:11).
Ⅲ. Progress. “ Go forward” (Exodus 14:15; Psalm 84:7).
Ⅳ. Practice. “ Go and do thou likewise” (Luke 10:37).
Ⅴ. Proclamation. “ Go tell this people” (Isaiah 6:9; Acts 28:26).
Ⅵ. Perweverance. “ Go out into the highways,” ＆c.(Luke 14:21-23; Matt.22:9).
Ⅶ. Presence. “ My presence shall go with thee” (Ex.33:14).
── F.E. Marsh《Five Hundred Bible Readings》