But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,…
Whom shall the Lord send? The passive neutral? The respectable indolent selfist? The tame, dull, average religionist? The mere doctrinist, whose faiths, instead of being alive and part of himself, are like dry botanical preparations, classified and kept in a book? The man who studies how little he can give, or be, or do, or suffer for Christ, and yet be safe? The sluggard who, when a shadow shakes or a leaf rustles, says, "a lion is in the way"? The coward who makes his profession under shelter, and creeps along with slow cautious steps? No I all these must be cleared out of the way. Lord Lansdowne asked Dr. Price the Unitarian what was to be done to reform the profligate people of Calne? "Send them an enthusiast," was the reply. And only an enthusiast is likely to be a divinely successful missionary to the heathen, whether at home or abroad.
(C. Stanford, D. D.)
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