Now I realize, biographies are not everyone's cup of tea and that is okay, but if you do like biographies and you are interested in Church leadership, ministry, preaching or pastoring, your need to hunt down a great biography by Iain H. Murray on the life of Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones. This 2 volume set covers the early life of Dr. Lloyd-Jones (Including his medical training and practice and call to ministry) and his ministry life which had a profound effect on the evangelical movement of England during World War II and beyond.
One of my favorite quotes recorded by Murray comes when Dr. Lloud-Jones answers to the praise he was given for his preaching during a conference in March of 1941 to the Free Church in Scotland.
Here is a direct quote from page 64 of Iain Murray's volume II - The Fight of Faith:
"At the close of the final lecture, Professor Maclean proposed a vote of thanks to the lecturer. He paid a glowing tribute to the eloquent exposition which Dr. Lloyd-Jones had given to the Reformed evangelical theology, and alluded to the sacrifice Dr. Lloyd-Jones had made when he entered the work of ministry. In reply, Dr. Lloyd-Jones said this:
'I gave up nothing; I received everything, I count it the highest honour that God can confer on any man, to call him to be a herald of the Gospel."
When I read this quote, it once again reminded me of the honor I have to be a Pastor. Living the vocational life of a Pastor can be one that I can easily take for granted. I become accustomed to the tasks, I grow weary of the difficulties and pains of the profession. Dr. Lloyd-Jones' thoughtful and humble reply to the Free Church of Scotland once again reminds me of the joy and the extreme privilege of my calling.
The Apostle Paul felt this same joy and honor of being called. Paul writes in his opening line to the Romans in Romans Chapter 1, verse 1:
"Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God..."
Whether you are in vocational ministry (paid or non-paid) or called equally by God to another profession/vocation as your ministry, I pray that you and I feel the joy and honor that the Apostle Paul and Dr. Lloyd-Jones felt in their calling!