Since Tuesday have been laid up with illness. Set by once more for a season to feel my unprofitableness and cure my pride.Robert Murray M'Cheyne in Andrew Bonar, Memoir & Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne (Banner of Truth: 1844/2004), 45.
When shall this self-choosing temper be healed? "Lord, I will preach, run, visit, wrestle," said I. "No, thou shalt lie in thy bed and suffer," said the Lord.
Today missed some fine opportunities of speaking a word for Christ. The Lord saw I would have spoken as much for my own honor as His, and therefore shut my mouth.
I see a man cannot be a faithful minister, until he preaches Christ for Christ's sake – until he gives up striving to attract people to himself, and seeks only to attract them to Christ.
Lord, give me this!
HT: Tony Reinke
Yes Lord, please grant us all this, for Jesus' sake!