תמונות בעמוד
PDF
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

66 now

“ now in Rest!” What a fad Voice will this be!

Consider what a Joy it will be in Heaven, to meet those there, whom you have been the Means to bring thither. To see their Faces, and join with them for ever in the Praises of God, whom you were the happy Instruments of bringing to the Knowledge and Obedience of Jesus Christ!--Consider how many Souls you may have drawn into the Way of Damnation, or hardened in it. We have had, in the Days of our Ignorance, our Companions in Sin, whom we enticed, or encouraged. And doth it not become' us, to do as much to save Men, as we have done to destroy them!- -Consider how diligent are all the Enemies of these poor Souls to draw them to Hell. The Devil is tempting them Day and Night: Their inward Luís are still working for their Ruin: The Flech is still pleading for its Delights: Their old Companions are increafing their Dinlike of Holiness. And if no Body be diligent in helping them to Heaven, what is like to become of them?

$ 12. Consider how deep the Negleet of this Duty will wound, when Conscience is awakened. When a Man comes to die, Conscience will ask him, “ What 6. Good hast thou done in thy Life-Time? The « faving of Souls is the greateft good Work; what 6 haft thou done towards it? How many haft thou « dealt faithfully with?” I have oft observed, that the Consciences of dying Men very much wound them for this Omiffion. For my own Part, when I Have been near Death, my Conscience hath accused me more for this than for any Sin: It would bring every ignorant profane Neighbour to my Remembrance, to whom I never made known their Danger: He would tell me, “thou Thould have gone to them « in private, and told them plainly of their desperate 66 Danger, though it had been when thou bould

« bare

[ocr errors]

attain

attain to, is the Duty of every Child of God. I therefore tell you my own Experience, to persuade you, that if you did but know what a joyful Thing it is, you would follow it Night and Day through the greatest Discouragements.

$ 13. Up then, every Man that hath a Tongue, and is a Servant of Chrift, and do something of your Master's Work. Why nath he given you a Tongue, but to speak in his Service? And how can you serve him more eminently, than in saving Souls? He that will pronounce you blessed at the laft Day, and invite you to the Kingdom prepared for you, because you fid him, and cloathed him, and visited him, in his poor Members, will surely pronounce you blefled for so great a Work as bringing Souls to his Kingdom. He that faith, the Poor you have always with you, hath left the Ungodly always with you, that you might fill have Matter to exercise your Charity upon. If you have the Hearts of Christians, or of Men, let them yearn towards your ignorant, ungodly Neighbours. Say, as the Lepers of Samaria, I\'e do not well; this Day is a Day of good Tidings, and we hold our Peace. Hath God had so much Mercy on you, and will you have no Mercy on your poor NeighboursiBut as this Duty belongs to all Christians, fo espe. cially to some, according as God hath called them to it, or qualified them for it. To them therefore I will more particularly address the Exhortation.

$14. God especially expects this Duty at your Hands, to whom he hath given more Learning and knowledge, and endued with better Utterance, than your Neighbours. The Strong are made to help the Weak; and those that see niult direct the Blind. God looketh for this faithful Improvement of your Parts and Gifts, which, if you neglect, it were better you had never received them; for they will but aggravate your Condemna.

sion

wa

« הקודםהמשך »