16 Oct Samuel Chadwick: I Would Pay to Preach!
I just read some of the work of Samuel Chadwick, a pastor who lived from 1862 to 1932, I was so moved by his passion for being a pastor. this is what he said..
Samuel Chadwick on Preaching
“I would rather preach than do anything else I know in this world. I have never missed a chance to preach. I would rather preach than eat my dinner, or have a holiday or anything else the world can offer. I would rather pay to preach than be paid not to preach. It has its price in agony of sweat and tears and no calling has such joys and heartbreaks, but it is a calling an archangel might covet; and I thank God that of His grace He called me into this ministry. Is there any joy like that of saving a soul from death? Any thrill like that of opening blind eyes? Any reward like the love of little children to the second and third generation? Any treasures like the grateful love of hearts healed and comforted? I tell you it is a glorious privilege to share the travail and the wine of God."
Oh if only the churches in America where filled with such men today, do you even know of one pastor who would make this same statement, “I would rather preach than eat my dinner, or have a holiday or anything else the world can offer” or say “I would rather pay to preach than be paid not to preach.”
If the Lord gave me a chance I would do it, and for nothing, no salary required. And I would preach from sun up to sun down seven days a week. Like Samuel said above, “Is there any joy like that of saving a soul from death?” What Job, what pay check could be more desirable than that? None!