The Work Before Us

And now, brethren, the work is before you. In these personal instructions of all the flock, as well as in public preaching, doth it consist. Others have done their part, and borne their burden, and now it comes in yours. You may easily see how great a matter lies upon your hands, and how many will be wronged by the failing of your duty, and how much will be lost by the sparing of your labour.

If your labour be more worth than the souls of men, and than the blood of Christ, then sit still, and look not after the ignorant or the ungodly; follwo your own pleasure or worldly business, or take your ease; displease not sinners, nor your own flesh, but let your neighbours sink or swim; and, if public preaching will not save them, let them perish. But, if the case be far otherwise, you had best look about you.

– Richard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor

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