Quotes of Author: Charles-bridges
Is it asked, “What will most effectually turn my eyes from vanity?” Not the seclusion of contemplative retirement. Not the relinquishment of our lawful connection with the world ["in the world, but not of the world"!]. [It is rather] the transcendent beauty of Jesus unveiled to our eyes, and fixing our hearts.
To labor in the dark, without an assured commission, greatly obscures the warrant of faith in the Divine engagements; and the Minister, unable to avail himself of heavenly support, feels his “hands hang down, and his knees feeble” in his work. On the other hand, the confidence that he is acting in obedience to the call of God — that he is in His work, and in His way — nerves him in the midst of all difficulty, and under a sense of his responsible obligations, with almighty strength.
Reference: Christian Ministry, 1830.