And for pastors, missionaries and others within a religious vocation, it is all too easy to see our call as that of enabling others to grow, to come to terms with their shortcomings and their need to become more mature disciples, while we fail to recognize our own sin. Our prior call before God is to respond to the convicting ministry of the Spirit to our own hearts.
Gordon T. Smith, The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer, and the Witness of the Spirit, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003), 98.
This is a good reminder to counter the bit of disgruntlement in the previous post. Tim Chan also previously wrote a post that serves as a wake-up call to us “Protestants” who are quick to criticize things, especially the body of Christ that has been bought with a hefty price (1 Cor. 6:20). Check it out: The Right Kind of “Protestant” by Tim Chan