Let us consider what it is to take heed to ourselves. See that the work of saving grace be thoroughly wrought in your own souls. Take heed to yourselves, lest you be void of that saving grace of God which you offer to others, and be strangers to the effectual working of that Gospel which you preach; and lest, while you proclaim to the world the necessity of a Savior, your own hearts should neglect Him, and you should miss of an interest in Him and His saving benefits. Take heed to yourselves, lest you perish, while you call upon …
Richard Baxter (1615–1691) was a Puritan pastor at Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England. He is best known for evangelizing and catechizing families under his care. This article is excerpted from The Reformed Pastor. His collected writings have been reprinted in four volumes by Soli Deo Gloria Publications.