Tuesday is for Preaching
I remember reading in a book on the early preachers of the church that the great preacher John Chrysostom (a posthumous name given to him, meaning John the Golden Tongued) would regularly finish his sermons to great applause for his eloquence, power, and wisdom.
At some point, John began to be irritated by the applause. He discerned a grave problem in the noise and appreciation of his congregation.
“Stop your applause. It is not your applause I seek, but your application. You think when you have appreciated you have applied.”
Chrysostom was speaking in Latin and I suspect that the sentence sounded very much like how it is translated. I was thinking about the quote and how tempting it is for modern preachers to seek applause and appreciative crowds rather than the holiness of their people.