Here John Wesley gives a word to a young preacher:
"No, Aleck, no! The danger of ruin to Methodism does not lie here. It springs from quite a different quarter. Our preachers, many of them, are fallen. They are not spiritual. They are not alive to God. They are soft, enervated, fearful of shame, toil, hardship. . . . Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven upon earth."
HT: Ray Ortlund
Having read this today it makes me evaluate myself in light of such a great man as John Wesley. The American church and the world could use a group of pastors that Wesley is looking for. I ask myself, as should every pastor, “Am I Spiritual? Am I alive to God? Do I desire God wholly? Do I fear only sin?
As men and women of God we must consecrate ourselves wholly to God. Give Him all of us. Sell out to all that He is, and be all that He desires us to be.