Beloved- this past week I spent a few minutes reading over the biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne. Robert was a Scottish preacher who ministered in the early 19th century and died at the young age of 29. Yet, the depth of his ministry and words carry on. Some of his quotes are:
· “I think I can say, I have never risen a morning without thinking how I could bring more souls to Christ.”
· “Get your texts from God - your thoughts, your words, from God.”
· “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.”
· “The great fault I find with this generation is, they cry that ministers should be more in public; they think that it is an easy thing to interpret the word of God, and to preach. But a minister's duty is not so much public as private.”
The ministry of Robert Murray M’Cheyne revealed a man who like the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:2- “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Like the early church, the power for his ministry came from the purity of his life.
Beloved, purity and power were the early catalysts to propel the church to reach the lost. I pray that purity and power would also empower us to reach the lost for Christ.