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If I allow my work to get between my heart and the Master, it will be of little worth. We can only effectually serve Christ as we are enjoying Him. It is while the heart dwells upon His powerful attractions that the hands perform the most acceptable service to His name; nor is there anyone who can minister Christ with unction, freshness, and power to others, if he is not feeding upon Christ in the secret of his own soul. True, he may preach a sermon, deliver a lecture, utter prayers, write a book, and go through the entire routine of outward service, and yet not minister Christ. The man who will present Christ to others must be occupied with Christ for himself.

C.H. Mackintosh, Genesis to Deuteronomy: Notes on the Pentateuch, 1862

C. H. Mackintosh (1820-1896) was an Irish preacher, Bible expositor, and author. Active in the Irish Revival of 1859-1860. For some forty years edited the monthly magazine, Things New and Old. His first tract, in 1843, was “The Peace of God,” and his last, shortly before his death in 1896, was “The God of Peace.”

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