Famous preacher, Charles Simeon, (1759-1836) communicated to his over 1,100 divinity students the importance of understanding the reality of the call to preach. He believed that of all vocations, the ministry was the most difficult,
“. . . Because it requires such self-denying habits and spiritual affections. The responsibility that attaches to it is such that no man would dare to take it upon himself, if he had not a promise of peculiar assistance in the discharge of it.”
Simeon also offered practical help at great personal cost. He did not limit his care to the weekly “conversation parties,” but as soon as he was convinced that a young man had potential and a true call to preach, he would do everything he could to help that man succeed. He himself had not had anyone mentor and disciple him when he was young in the ministry, and he longed to be a light to those who needed his help. He often gave financial help and was instrumental in getting them churches that had previously been slumbering under untalented sons of privilege.
Are you and I giving practical assistance to those who are in ministry? Perhaps your pastor could use some extra money to take his family out to dinner. Maybe a full-time worker in the church could use a note thanking him or her for strong service to the Lord. Or maybe you know someone who desires to go into the ministry but could use a helping hand. Perhaps the Lord is prompting you through today’s Daily Reflection to help others accomplish what God is calling them to do.
More people have been brought into the church by the kindness of real Christian love than by all the theological arguments in the world. – William Barclay
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder