Rattles and baubles
A faithful minister
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
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 . . .
"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