Samuel Rutherford's first church was at Anwoth on the Solway. There he wrestled, like Jacob with the angel, with God for his few sheep in the wilderness. His letters express his yearnings for the souls that he ministered to there and his love for that first church. These are not his own words, but they are built about words that he frequently employed; and they express the joy of the true minister of Christ and the privilege of every disciple of Jesus, yes, the high duty of every follower of his:
O Anwoth by the Solway,
To me thou still art dear,
E'en from the gate of Heaven
I'll drop for thee a tear.
Oh, if one soul from Anwoth
Meet me at God's right hand,
My heaven will be two heavens
In lmmanuel's Land.—Anne R. Cousin
"Lord, lay some soul upon my heart,
And love that soul through me;
And may I nobly do my part,
To win that soul to Thee."—David Johnson.
A pastor was passing a big department store, and followed a sudden impulse to go in and talk to the proprietor
on the subject of his salvation. Finding him, he said: "Mr. T., I've talked beds and carpets and bookcases with you, but I've never talked my business with you. Would you give me a few minutes to do so?"
Being led to the private office, the minister took out his New Testament and showed him passage after passage which brought before that business man his duty to accept Jesus Christ. Finally the tears began to roll down his cheeks, and he said to the pastor: "I'm seventy years of age. I was born in this city, and more than a hundred ministers, and more than five hundred church officers have known me as you have, to do business with, but in all these years you are the only man who ever spoke to me about my soul."—Selected.
A young Chinese man was converted in Atlanta, Ga. His godly teacher gave him a copy of the New Testament and said: "You are now a Christian and you must read the Christian's guide book and follow its teachings." He took this instruction seriously, and began at the first chapter and read straight through. When he came to John's Gospel, the story of the two disciples who followed Jesus and then went out and found their brothers and brought them to Christ gripped his heart. In far-away China he had a father, mother, brother and sister, and he felt that it was his duty to bring them to Christ. He wrote letters telling them about his new-found joy, but he could not make them understand. He must go and bring them to Jesus. He worked hard and saved his money and went back to China. After many weeks he won his loved ones to Christ. Again he worked and saved his money until he could come back to America, his adopted home, where he had found Christ.—From Taking Christ Seriously, by J. B. Lawrence.
Suppose someone were to offer me a thousand dollars for every soul I might earnestly try to lead to Christ, would I endeavor to lead any more souls to him than I am endeavoring to do now? Is it possible that I would attempt to do for money, even at the risk of blunders or ridicule, what I hesitate or shrink from doing now in obedience to God's command? Is my love of money stronger than my love of God or souls?—From the tract Suppose, published by the Great Commission Prayer League.
A business man in Wales spoke to his office boy about his soul, and from that word a work began that won his entire office force to Christ.
A merchant in England determined that no day should pass without his speaking to someone about Christ; in one year he had led scores to the Master.
An invalid Christian woman in Australia, for thirty years unable to put her foot to the floor, by means of her pen and prayer led forty people to Christ in a single year.
A Christian gentleman spoke to his servant while they were walking together; the boy became a Christian and later a minister of the Gospel.
A Sunday School teacher took one of her class of boys for a walk on Sunday afternoon when the session of the school was over; she told him of her concern that he should become a Christian, and had the joy of seeing him take his stand for Christ.—Selected.
A missionary on his return from Africa was asked how many of the natives in his district had been brought to the knowledge of Christ as Saviour. He replied, "Fifty." "And how many of these are preachers?" "Fifty," was again his answer. So it was in the days of old (Acts 8:4 ; so it should be today (Mark 16:15).—Glad Tidings.
Senator Dolliver's father lived with him in Washington, D. C. As the father was returning from class meeting he met the Italian Ambassador descending the steps, and preached Christ to him. The grandchildren were shocked at the familiarity of the aged man. When the grandfather died, the Ambassador sent flowers and asked the privilege of sitting with the family, saying, "He was the only person who thought enough of me to speak to me about my soul."—Sunday School Times.
I heard once of a man who dreamed that he swept into Heaven, and he was there in the Glory World, and oh, he was so delighted to think that he had at last made Heaven, that he got there. And all at once one came and said, "Come, I want to show you something!' And he took him to the battlements and he said, "Look down yonder. What do you see?" "I see a very dark world." "Look, and see if you know it." "Why, yes," he said, "that is the world I have come from." "What do you see?" "Why, men are blindfolded there; many of them are going over a precipice." "Well, will you stay here and enjoy Heaven, or will you go back to earth and spend a little time longer telling those men about this world?" He was a worker who had been discouraged. He awoke from his sleep and said, "I have never wished myself dead since!"—D. L. Moody.