Thursday, March 31, 2011

A full cup of blessing put to my lips

"It is not great talents God blesses 
so much as great likeness to Jesus.
A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God."
Robert Murray M'Cheyne

Poignant words from the 19th Century Scottish preacher Andrew Bonar written on the 29th May 1869:
Three pictures in my study often rebuke me -- [those] of Robert M'Cheyne , William Burns, and John Milne; and at times the photograph of Samuel Rutherford's tomb suggests to me what coldness of love is in my heart compared with such a man.  And the little I have learned from affliction is a constant grief to me. 
I got a very awful view of my long life's sinfulness in the evening.  I seemed to myself to be one standing amid mercies of every kind, but specially divine grace.  The Spirit has been, since my conversion forty years ago, continually putting to my lips full cups of blessing, and I have done little else than just take a few drops and then let the cup pass by! 
The Bible day by day; precious sermons; great books of truth; the lives of holy and happy saints; events of providence; all, all these, and my own preaching and the ordinances in which I take part; these, these have each been a full cup of blessing put to my lips; but scarcely ever have I done more than merely taken a sip. 
O what have I lost! O what have I lost! My heart sinks within me.  I can only once again put my hand on the head of the slain Lamb, and look up.
Andrew A. Bonar, Diary & Letters, p. 279


Unknown said...

Brother Martin,
Thank you for posting this. Well worth the read... stirring the heart and moving the mind to see what is already before us.

Richard Hobart said...

I have been IN Christ for 34 years and can honestly say that for most of those years I have only "sipped" and not drank copiously from the one who has promised life and more abundantly!
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