Never forget that the end of a sermon ought to be the salvation of people.
It is a glorious things to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. We do not value it rightly until we are deprived of it, and then Philip Henry’s saying is felt to be true, that he would beg all week in order to be allowed to preach on Sunday.
You may say that preaching seems to be a weak and foolish instrument; God Himself has called it “the foolishness of preaching.” You may say that ministers are only earthen vessels, that they are men just like yourselves; God Himself has called them such and have set them before you. But you cannot say that it is not God’s way of converting souls; indeed, it is at the peril of your own soul if you despise this.
All ministers should be stewards, rightly dividing the word of life, giving to everyone in the family his portion of meat in due season. Oh, it is a blessed work, to feed the church of God, which He has purchased with His own blood, to give milk to babes and strong meat to grown men, to give convenient food to everyone. Pray for your pastors, that they may be made stewards.