Rattles and baubles
A faithful minister

(Thomas Brooks, "The Unsearchable Riches of Christ")

"Let the elders who rule well be accounted worthy of
 double honor, especially those who labor in the word
 and doctrine." 1 Timothy 5:17

The which is here rendered labor, signifies not simply
to laboróbut to labor with much travail and toil, to labor
even to exhaustion, as he does who chops wood, or who
toils in harvest, or who fights in a battle.

Oh what an honor is it to a faithful minister, when he has . . .
  found the people dark and blindóbut left them enlightened;
  found them deadóbut left them alive;
  found them a proud peopleóbut left them humble;
  found them a profane peopleóbut left them holy;
  found them a carnal peopleóbut left them spiritual;
  found them a worldly peopleóbut left them heavenly;
  found them a wavering peopleóbut left them settled and rooted.

Oh, it is an honor to faithful ministers,
when their people are like them in . . .
  knowledge,
  wisdom,
  love,
  humility,
  holiness!

"Be an example to all believers in what you
 teach, in the way you live, in your love, your
 faith, and your purity." 1 Timothy 4:12