Charles Bridges: Working Hard in the Ministry

And then, as for thyself – grow in intense energy in thy high calling. Remember, faith without diligence is slumbering delusion. Faith is the practical energy of a living faith. Always, therefore, look at sloth, not as an infirmity, but as a sin, affecting the whole man; growing upon us with unexpected power. Allow it therefore no rest, no time to root itself. Resist it in all forms – bodily, mental, spiritual; indulgence of sleep and appetite; self-pleasing in all its subtle and plausible workings. Live by rule. Have your time strictly arranged. Be employed early in the work of God. Store the mind with useful knowledge; ever reserving the first place for an industrious and prayerful study of the book of God. Mortify this baneful work through the Divine Spirit (Rom 8:13), drawing all your motives from the death (Rom 7:6), the life (Mark 1:32-35), the rules of Christ. (Luke 9:23; Rom 8:11-14) Victory will soon declare for you; and how enriching will be the spoil!

(Charles Bridges, A Manual for the Young: A Practical Exposition of Proverbs 1-9. First Edition: 1859 Second Edition: Vestavia Hills, AL: Solid Ground, 2005, 62)

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About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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