March 2 Examples

A High Honor - a weekly devotion for Ministers

Years ago, Dr. Theodore L. Cuyler visited Scotland, and diligently searched for someone who had known Robert Murray M’Cheyne. An old man was found.

“Can you tell me,” asked Dr. Cuyler, “some of the texts of M’Cheyne?” The old man replied,

“I don’t remember them.”

“Can you tell me some sentences that he used?” The reply was,

“I have entirely forgotten them.” Then questioned Dr. Cuyler,

“Don’t you remember anything about him at all?”

“Ah,” said the man, “that is a different question. I do remember something about him.

"When I was a lad playing one day, M’Cheyne came along, and laying his hand on my head, said,

‘Jamie, lad, I am away to see your sister who is sick,’ and then, looking into my eyes, he said, ‘And, Jamie, I am very concerned about your own soul.’

"I have forgotten his texts and his sermons, Dr. Cuyler, but I can still feel the tenderness of his hand and I can see the tear in his eyes.”1

“Be an example (pattern) for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

“The pastor is called to minister to his people, to be their example, not to dictate them.”2

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Reference:

  1. Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, by Walter B. Knight, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, pp. 498 – 499
  2. Source Unknown