The minister who would be most like the Master must go and, like Him, lay the warm, kindly hand on the leper, the diseased, the wretched. He must touch the blind eyes with something from himself. The tears must be in his own eyes over the dead who are to be raised to spiritual life. Jesus is our great exemplar.
One great want of the times is a commanding ministrya ministry of a piety at once sober and earnest, and of mightiest moral power. Give us these men, full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, who will proclaim old truths with new energy, not cumbering them with massive drapery nor hiding them beneath piles of rubbish. Give us these men! men of sound speech, who will preach the truth as it is in Jesus, not with faltering tongue and averted eye, as if the mind blushed at its own credulitynot distilling into it an essence so subtle and so speedily decomposed that a chemical analysis alone can detect the faint odor which tells it has been therebut who will preach it apostlewise, that is, first of all, at once a principle shrined in the heart and a motive mighty in the lifethe source of all morals and the inspiration of all charitythe sanctifier of every relationship, and the sweetener of every toil. Give us these men! men of zeal untiringwhose hearts of constancy quail not although dull men sneer, and proud men scorn, and timid men blush, and cautious men deprecate, and wicked men revile.