>The following words of A.W. Tozer spurred me on last week. They were convicting but they spurred me on. I don’t want to be “privileged idler.” We have so many more distractions available to us today than the ministers of Tozer’s day. His wise admonishment is as timely and pertinent as ever.
“Another trap into which the preacher is in danger of falling is that he may do what comes naturally and just take it easy. I know how ticklish this matter is and, while my writing this will not win me friends, I hope it may influence people in the right direction. It is easy for the minister to be turned into a privileged idler, a social parasite with an open palm and an expectant look. He has no boss within sight; he is not often required to keep regular hours, so he can work out a comfortable pattern of life that permits him to loaf, putter, play, doze and run about at his pleasure. And many do just that.
To avoid this danger the minister should voluntarily impose upon himself a life of labor as arduous as that of a farmer, a serious student or a scientist. No man has any right to a way of life less rugged than that of the workers who support him. No preacher has any right to die of old age if hard work will kill him.”
A.W. Tozer, God Tells the Man Who Cares, pgs. 94-95.