Love to Christ is the mainspring of work for Christ.  There is little done for His cause on earth from a sense of duty or from knowledge of what is right and proper.  The heart must be interested before the hands will move and continue moving.  Excitement may galvanize the Christian’s hands into a fitful and spasmodic activity.  But there will be no patient continuance in well-doing, no unwearied labor in missionary work at home or abroad, without love.  The nurse in a hospital may do her duty properly and well, may give the sick man his medicine at the right time, may feed him, minister to him, and attend to all his wants.  But there is a vast difference between that nurse and a wife tending the sickbed of a beloved husband or a mother watching over a dying child.  The one acts from a sense of duty, the other from affection and love.  The one does her duty because she is paid for it, the other is what she is because of her heart.  It is just the same in the matter of the service of Christ.  The great workers of the church, the men who have led forlorn hopes in the mission field and turned the world upside down, have all been, eminently, lovers of Christ. – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

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