Here are a few more quotes from Warren Wiersbe’s article entitled, “The patented preacher,” in The art & craft of biblical preaching, edited by Haddon Robinson and Craig Brian Larson.
“Knowing I am God’s man in God’s place of ministry has encouraged me to study harder and do my best work. When the harvests were lean, the assurance that God put me there helped to keep me going. When the battles raged and the storm blew, my secure refuge was ‘God put me here, and I will stay here until he tells me to go.’ How often I’ve remembered V. Raymond Edman’s counsel: ‘It is always too soon to quit!’”
“If God has called you, then he has given you what you need to do the job. You may not have all that others have, or all you wish you had, but you have what God wants you to have. Accept it, be faithful to use it, and in due time God will give you more.”
“Preaching is not what we do; it’s what we are. When God wants to make a preacher, he has to make the person, because the work we do cannot be isolated from the life we live. God prepares the person for the work and the work for the person, and, if we permit him, he brings them together in his providence.”