Jottings – Ministers While Employed in Watching Over Others Are So Solemnly Warned Against Neglecting Themselves
If we study Divine subjects merely as ministers, they will produce no salutary effect. We may converse with the most impressive truths, as soldiers and surgeons do with blood, till they cease to make any impression upon us. We must meditate on these things as Christians, first feeding our own souls upon them, and then imparting that which we have believed and felt to others; or, whatever good we may do to them, we shall receive none ourselves. Unless we mix faith with what we preach, as well as with what we hear, the word will not profit us. It may be on these accounts that ministers, while employed in watching over others, are so solemnly warned against neglecting themselves: ‘Take heed unto yourselves and to all the flock,’ &c.—‘Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.’”
Andrew Gunton Fuller, “Sermon LXIX: Preaching Christ,” in “Sermons & Sketches” in The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller: Memoirs, Sermons, Etc., ed. Joseph Belcher, Vol. 1. (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1988), 501.