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there; a spiritual reputation on earth is no watchword at the gates of heaven.

However, patient perseverance in such godlike work is a way not only of securing the salvation of others, but our own salvation too. This taking heed to ourselves is indeed necessary in order that we should have any influence with those that hear us. This taking heed to the doctrine is utterly indispensable to our own salvation. Let us continue in them, and remember that when we thus seek the salvation of others, we are seeking our own.

Our own salvation, without the salvation of those that hear us, is a thought we can scarcely endure. Oh, may God in His mercy give each Christian worker in this place to say, “Behold I and the children which God hath given me !” After all, may we be saved from sin, from self, from wrath, from hell! Saved together,-saved through one another's prayers, and faith, and faithfulness,--and God in Christ shall receive the praise, to whom be all the glory now and for evermore. Amen.

SERMON XVII.

UNWEARIEDNESS IN WELL-DOING.

GALATIANS VI. 9.

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Let us not be weary in well-doing ; for in due season we shall reap, if

we faint not.

EVERY earnest worker is sometimes out of heart. The freest spirit is not unfrequently fettered by circumstances, and feels or fancies that an insurmountable barrier stops the way to the accomplishment of its cherished project. The brave man will sometimes turn back shame-faced and blanched with fear when stern duty, when solemn circumstance, when previously-expressed confidence ought to have summoned every energy he possessed, and quickened the pulse of his moral courage. I presume that not a few of us have at one time or another quailed under the influence of disappointment, and suffered the consequent deterioration of our moral nature. We have endeavoured to pre-arrange our plans, to measure our success, and to count upon certain results; and we have risked our character and our good name upon some scheme which has utterly miscarried, or some work which has proved a failure; and then, altogether discomfited, we have relinquished our purposes, and thrown down our work in disgust; at one time charging the blame on others, at another time on ourselves, we have been soured, irritable, and rebellious, unfit for present duty, unwilling to hope even for ultimate success. It is equally probable that we may have become suddenly aware of our own weakness and incompetence to do that which we had undertaken to do. Such a revelation is painful enough, and whether we are right or wrong in our judgment, it requires great patience and fortitude to govern our conduct rightly. Under this bitter conclusion the most prudent man is often in practical despair; the most Christian disciple is tempted by desponding thoughts to wish everything to be different from what it is, and to murmur not only against his own lot, but against the Providence and laws of God. Physical disease, moral weakness, natural indecision of character may have aggravated all these occasional trials of our courage and temper, but they have not exculpated us. They were Divine temptations which were intended to allure us to virtue and effort: we have, alas ! made them temptations to sin; for at such seasons the demon of laziness has seized on us, has cramped our efforts, and bound us hand and foot with his cruel fetters. We have found it hard even to think and resolve; we have suffered this evil spirit to surround us with a network of silly excuses,

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and to withdraw the languid blood from our feeble circulation. We have thrown the blame of our inactivity on everything rather than on the true cause, and have fainted in the midst of our way from sheer inanition. Ever attempting to predict definite results, we have attained nothing. Forgetting the great laws to which we are subjected, we have been hindered rather than aided by them. Wasting our strength in a combat with the irreversible laws and forces of nature, instead of trying to discover and utilize them, we have at length become weary and helpless, and have imagined ourselves the butt of the universe and the scorn of heaven. We shall endeavour to urge the powerful injunction of the text by several considerations.

Let us not be weary in well-doing in consequence of,—

I. The rivalry of other workers.
II. The mighty name by which we are called.

III. The insidious character of our temptations to weariness.

IV. The reward promised to patient labour.
First, the rivalry of other workers forbids weariness.

(1) The undying activity of the world. In this busy working world, the inactive, the disappointed, the weary, are soon trodden down and destroyed. If we cannot keep pace with the great crowd as it hurries on, we must be content to be trampled to death and ground into dust. There is no mercy for the half-hearted man: he is quickly jostled off the race-course, or crushed to pieces upon it. When a worker has become weary, and can no longer hurry forward or labour at his calling, though his weariness be the result of hard labour, or the consequence of dire disease, or the companion of hoary hairs, the world pauses perhaps a moment to push him out of its way, chuckles at the vacant space, or released capital, closes over the circle that formed for a moment around him, and hurries on in its eager

race,

(2) If we turn from the unwearying work of the busy world to contemplate the great power of evil, if we try to realize its presence, to separate it in thought from the world which it defiles and seeks to ruin, we are appalled by its ceaseless efforts to accomplish its deadly purpose. The pleasures that it poisons, the infected banquets which it spreads, the hosts it can marshal at its bidding, the infinity of objects it can wrest to its own miserable purpose, assure us that the spirit and the designer of the whole is indomitable in his energy, and vast in his

We know not « the evil that there is on the earth.” It is difficult to estimate adequately the virulence and multifariousness of the agency at the disposal of the prince of this world. He seeks to pervert all human affections into lusts, to transform the machinery by which man has with wondrous ingenuity contrived to economize strength, into the artillery with which he deals destruction on his victim. He debases and prostitutes all the

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