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heavenly beyond earthly treasures, shall be the wealthy and the honoured in that day; while those who withhold the tribute, for which the Saviour calls, shall find their hoarded gold to be rusted, and to “eat their flesh as it were fire.” The harvest which men will then gather, will be according to the seed which they now commit to the soil. We have various talents committed to our charge, and it will speedily appear how we have employed them. It will be quickly seen if the power of influence which God has conferred on us, the affections which He has implanted within us, the time which He has permitted to us, the worldly possessions with which He has invested us, have all been consecrated to Him. “He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly, and he that soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” How lamentably rare is that true wisdom which would direct us so to act in this temporal life that, in the great harvest day which is at hand, we may reap abundantly the fruit of life everlasting !
From those who profess worldly principles, nothing can be expected but a worldly system of expenditure. But, when the love of Christ enters the heart, does it not purify it from the contamination of the world? The gospel teaches us new and better lessons. It rouses us to shake off the trammels which a criminal adherence to the fashions of an evil generation would impose, and which would restrict the full exercise of our Christian principles. It impresses on us the fact of our stewardship, and instructs us with self-consecrating ferrour to give unto God his own.
We must make this missionary year of jubilee a startingpoint from which to date a better and a swifter course.
The Directors of the Society are anxious that special exertions should now be made to sustain their operations. Standing on their watch-tower, they behold the teeming cities of China and of India wholly given to idolatry; and they purpose a mighty effort to rescue them from the grasp of the destroyer.
Some say, We are weary of these constant appeals. The ship is just bought and paid for, and now comes a new claim. There is no end to the wants laid before us. It is true, friends; and there shall be no end to them, so long as there is no end to your obligation to supply them. There is no end to your blessings. The Giver of every good and perfect gift bestows on you richly
“ Let not
all things to enjoy. Evening and morning bear witness to his continued care.
And so long as his mercy endures, your motives to liberality endure. “Freely ye have received, freely give."
What! Shall we say, There must be an end to our liberality, while there is no end to the wasting destruction that daily engulfs benighted souls ? So long as the heathen remain ignorant and wretched, we must give, and labour, and pray. They die heathens still; and shall not we continue to practise selfdenial? For fifty years have labourers been sent into the vineyard, but they have been as a bare handful in the midst of the nations of the earth. For fifty years there have been toil on the part of man, and benediction on the part of God, but yet the curse remains. 'Mid the exultations of our jubilee we hear the wailings of the dying. Tears mix themselves with our rejoicing. The sorrows of the world are not yet assuaged. The wounds which sin has inflicted are not yet healed. him that girdeth on the harness boast as he that putteth it off.” We have yet to learn the full extent of the duties resting upon us. Never was the Christian church invested with so awful a responsibility as now. She must not measure her liberality and her exertions by the liberality and the exertions of her fore- . fathers. The times are altered. The fearful reign of evil in the world has become better apprehended. The number of her enemies, although not actually greater, is more fearfully realised. In arming yourselves for the conflict, my young friends, you must not expect that the trials you will undergo will be less than those which have been suffered in days past. On the contrary, you must be prepared to find them greater than ever. The actual encounter between light and darkness has not yet come on. Light, skirmishing parties only have been engaged. Here and there has been some small conflict, and here and there champions have fought hand in hand. But the great armies have not yet looked one another in the face. Perhaps they have hardly yet been mustered. The antagonist principles of good and evil have not yet summoned up their respective powers, and met in that determined and deadly encounter which shall end in the complete extermination of one of them. The signs of the times would indicate that this crisis is approaching. The prince of the power of the air seems to be calling up his legions. Be
hold! they come. From earth and from hell they wend their way to the appointed place of rendezvous. Banished superstitions are retracing their steps ; jealousy, envy, and malice, like evil birds, darken the air on their passage; and, more dangerous still, because less frightful, the crowd is thickening of those evil spirits, in the garb of angels of light, who hover between the hostile camps, and allure but to ensnare. This is not an hour for the followers of the Lamb to dream of repose. This is not a time in which a Christian may put off his armour, and say, My master needs me no more. It is rather the time when every soldier should pledge himself afresh to the conflict. Let there be everywhere an arming for the battle. Let the man of strength go forth to war. Let the man of the hoary head employ the wisdom of his age in animating the troops. Let the stripling be brought to that altar which sanctifieth the gift, and there be taught to take a solemn vow of enmity to error in every form. Let the blast of the trumpet be heard throughout the length and breadth of the world, “Come up to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.”
Be ready to march at the bidding of your Leader. Cherish in
your heart no secret evil that would incapacitate you in the battle field. Nurture in your practice no sinful habit which would weaken your arm in fight. Remember that, to be useful, you must be holy. The Captain of your salvation is holy. The gospel you publish is holy. The heaven of which you speak is holy. The purpose of your mission is to make this a holy world. Your weapons must be holy, to be mighty through God. There must be written on the bells of your horses, " Holiness unto the Lord.” The way of your feet must be a way of holiness. Upon the banner that floats above your head, must be inscribed, “ Holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.” Let it be the prayer of every heart, Make me a vessel sanctified, and meet for the Master's use.—May I be holy as thou art holy.—Cleanse thou me from secret faults.-And, let not any iniquity have the dominion over me.
Take courage, beloved friends, for, difficult and tedious as the conflict may be, there is no doubt concerning its issue. Error is doomed to destruction. Though it bury itself within strong fastnesses, and close upon its pursuers a hundred brazen gates, the weak child, endued with the power of truth, shall become
stronger than Samson to carry them away. Or let it arm its seventy times seven mighty men, and send them forth as so many Goliaths to challenge the armies of Israel, some shepherd boy shall lay them low with his sling and his stone, wielded in simple dependence on his God. You march to victory-certain victory. In the language of prophecy your triumph is already celebrated—“ Babylon is fallen, is fallen!" “ The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ: and he shall reign for ever and ever.” The Redeemer sees of the travail of his soul and is satisfied. The church is completed—the church for whom he died—the church for whose perfected redemption he has so long been waiting--the church is completed, and his joy is full. O happy, happy church! No longer stained with impurities—no longer torn asunder by divisions. Now is the purpose of thy Saviour accomplished, “That might present thee to himself a glorious church, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing."
“Behold! the daughter of the king, the bride
IGNATIUS LOYOLA. He was never heard to mention a fault or a crime, except to suggest an apology for the offender.
Humbly to conceal humility, and to shun the praise of being humble, was the maxim and the habit of his later life.
Susan left the cottage of William and Mary with a very condescending and distant“good morning," and a promise to call again at some other time.
“Who is that young woman ?" inquired the deacon, in a tone of voice which seemed to say, “She is not one of your friends, I should think.”
“She is Lady Hopley's maid,” replied William ; and after a pause, during which he looked at Mary as if trying to gather from her countenance whether he might go on, added, “She has been here on a curious errand from her mistress. What do you
think it is ?”
I cannot tell ; neither am I very anxious to know, unless it be important to know," said William Brown, who was never known to encourage gossip or scandal of any kind. Now the villagers of the vale were rather given to talking about one anoand perhaps William Gregory, accustomed to the ways
of the villagers, had put his question to the good old deacon too