Stay Sharp (But Don’t Miss The Point)

Robert Murray McCheyne wrote this letter to his dear friend Daniel Edwards, who was leaving for missionary work in Germany, on October 2, 1840.

My dear friend,

I trust you will have a pleasant and profitable time in Germany. I know you will apply hard to German; but do not forget the culture of the inner man—I mean the heart. How diligently the cavalry officer keeps his saber clean and sharp; every stain he rubs off with the greatest care. Remember you are God’s sword—His instrument—I trust a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name. In great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument, will be the success. 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.

My takeaways:

  • Hard work is important…
  • …but the hard work on my inner man is more important.
  • There is no substitute for attention to detail…
  • …but I need to not lose sight of the example of my Savior.
  • I need to get the point…
  • …but it’s more powerful to reflect the Person.

Bottom line: My motivation for staying sharp is to be more useful for my Savior. 

Morning And Evening (book review)

Charles Spurgeon was called the Prince of Preachers for good reason. And with his amazing one-year devotional book Morning and Evening, I think he should be called the Prince of Authors as well.

Some people are powerful public speakers, but struggle to make the transition to the written word, but this is definitely not the case with Charles Haddon Spurgeon. This devotional book offers two devotional readings for each day (one for the morning and one for the evening), that are not lightweight, cotton candy thoughts. Each devotional is a thought-provoking mini-sermon that stuck with me throughout the day, and gave me a wonderful prayer point each evening.

If you haven’t read anything from Spurgeon yet, this is a great place to start. If you are familiar with Spurgeon, this is a great place to continue your discovery. If you are looking for a soul-enriching devotional, you can’t go wrong with Morning and Evening.

What a great year-long journey I had with this masterpiece!

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