11And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
11 Verse 11. Into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter] In the
commencement of Christianity, Christ and his preachers were all
Inquire who in it is worthy] That is, of a good character; for
a preacher of the Gospel should be careful of his reputation, and
lodge only with those who are of a regular life.
There abide till ye go thence.] Go not about from house to
house, Lu 10:7. Acting contrary to this precept has often
brought a great disgrace on the Gospel of God. Stay in your own
lodging as much as possible, that you may have time for prayer and
study. Seldom frequent the tables of the rich and great; if you
do, it will unavoidably prove a snare to you. The unction of God
will perish from your mind, and your preaching be only a dry
barren repetition of old things; the bread of God in your hands
will be like the dry, mouldy, Gibeonitish crusts, mentioned
Jos 9:5. He who knows the value of time, and will redeem it from
useless chit-chat, and trifling visits, will find enough for all
the purposes of his own salvation, the cultivation of his mind,
and the work of the ministry. He to whom time is not precious,
and who lives not by rule, never finds time sufficient for any
thing-is always embarrassed-always in a hurry, and never capable
of bringing one good purpose to proper effect.