Think what a sink of abominations the nominal Church of God might now have been if the voice of Luther had never shaken the world. We must serve God in the way of His appointment. What man has done more for multitudes of souls than John Pounds, the Plymouth cobbler, who became the founder of ragged schools? A SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN INTEGRITY. Do men feel the fire and the flame? H. Spurgeon.The harmony of Scripture is admirable. Think of John Eliot, the lion-hearted "apostle of the Indians," and his motto that prayer and painstaking can accomplish everything. (2) Through this we should aim at the conversion of sinners. That this fervour must be always under the direction of Christian prudence, that it may not break out into indecent heats, and carry us beyond the limits of our office or station in the society to which we belong.II. In the country there is something of languor, but in the emulous activities of metropolitan life we make our faculties more acute and our inquisition of truth is more successful. Walker. But whether it be the dry heat or the wet, it comes to the same point — namely, feeling, carried up to the point of disclosure.I. There is no disgrace in deriving riches and renown from ancestors, but there is virtue and glory in obtaining them from ourselves, and that religion which makes everything of the will and nothing of accidents, which aims ever at deepening personal interest and impressing personal responsibility, smiles ineffably at the Christian at his work. THE COMMENDATION WHICH IS DUE TO THIS SERVICE. It is possible for a man of the very finest capacity to be put in circumstances which overpower him; to pass in at the wrong door, and not get back again. The merely meditative often go wrong. Hither let the man of the world turn, that he may find durable riches, more to be desired than gold and all earthly possessions. Awakened and sustained by God's Spirit.II. Milligan.)EnthusiasmArchdn. (1) In the first place, as the Almighty is the Creator of the world, and the Father of the human race, He is likewise their Preserver, and the Author of order and harmony in the universe. They who give thousands to the cause of Christ do well, but they do no better than the widow who, having two mites, gave all.2. Think what truths would have been drowned in deep seas of oblivion if Huss had not gone calmly to the stake. The enemies we have to encounter are numerous and powerful, and, through them, we must fight our way to the ground which shall be our reward. Think what a sink of abominations the nominal Church of God might now have been if the voice of Luther had never shaken the world. There are two forms which enthusiasm has assumed — the enthusiasm for humanity, and the enthusiasm for individual salvation. In the country there is something of languor, but in the emulous activities of metropolitan life we make our faculties more acute and our inquisition of truth is more successful.III. By those who are diligent in trifles — whose activity is a busy idleness. As I understand faith, it is such a quickening of the mind, such an expansion of its power, such a luminousness shining through it of the fires of a sanctified imagination working on moral and spiritual elements, that the whole man is lifted up into a higher sphere, and reasons upon things that are not in the vulgar court of a mere justice of the peace, but in the spiritual court of the Holy Ghost. So that by a fervency of spirit in serving the Lord must be understood an ardent and active desire of loving the Lord, of worshipping Him in sincerity, and obeying His commands with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. What man has done more for multitudes of souls than John Pounds, the Plymouth cobbler, who became the founder of ragged schools? Fervour of spirit is, in general, opposed to lukewarmness and indifference. The end of God's giving us such active spirits is that we might employ them for Him (Proverbs 16:4).2. THE COMMENDATION WHICH IS DUE TO THIS SERVICE. Such are the difficulties that attend religion; and do not these make zeal or fervour necessary.4. Spurgeon. Beveridge. What was Christianity itself but such an enthusiasm? Obediently (1 Samuel 12:14).3. If you can breathe into the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ such a vitality of faith as that the members of it are living in a fervent and burning zeal of Christian charity, you need not trouble yourself about doctrinal beliefs; they will take care of themselves. Conclusion: There are questions even more pressing and vital now than the slave trade was in the days of our fathers. You cannot be a man of honour, though you tell the truth in your household and neighbourhood, if you lie without scruple in public affairs. He who enlists surrenders his will to the discipline of the army and the bidding of the Captain. II. Without enthusiasm of some noble kind a man is dead, and without enthusiasts a nation perishes. Here the sun faintly beams, as in the dubious twilight; there he shines forth in full meridian glory.II. You vowed to serve Him in baptism (Deuteronomy 26:17, 18).4. Such are the difficulties that attend religion; and do not these make zeal or fervour necessary.4. Of course, we may be so ardent in earthly pursuits as to forget everything else; but to the thoughtful worker this truth comes as an inspiring impulse. The best mother is not the one who kisses her babe the oftenest, but the one that takes care of it the best. A sinner is unsuitable for service till he be new-created.2. "The zeal of Thine house hath eaten Me up."(G. A sinner is unsuitable for service till he be new-created.2. Serving the Lord does not lead us to the drunkard's degradation, the disgrace of the dishonest or fraudulent, the cell of the murderer or the grave of the suicide. Beecher. But as there are several counterfeits of this gracious temper, I shall endeavour to exhibit the properties of true Christian fervour.1. The Scriptures abound in exhortations not merely to serve the Lord, but to do so with fervency and zeal, to work while it is day, for the night cometh, when no man can work. However difficult it may seem to be to pronounce on the invisibilities of our spirituality, yet there is a barometer to determine the elevation or depression of the spiritual principle. H. Spurgeon.The harmony of Scripture is admirable. The distance between them and the apparently trivial details of daily life and conduct is so immense that we fail to bring the greatness of the one into contact with the littleness of the other. Complete devotion to His cause.4. Speaking spiritually, it is good only with something else. G. Our manhood is developed by exercise.IV. Worshipping Him (Matthew 4:10; Luke 2:37).4. Whose honour do you seek? Be more serious for the future. Those who attempt to perfect holiness without waiting upon the Holy Spirit for power, will be as foolish as the apostles had they commenced preaching without power from on high. The highest honour. "The zeal of Thine house hath eaten Me up.". Religion is not a matter of easy acquirement. ALL THE CONCEPTIONS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE THAT ESTEEM STRONG FEELING TO BE VULGAR ARE UNCHRISTIAN AND UNPHILOSOPHICAL; they are utterly unallied to the whole nature of grace, or to the disclosure of God's feeling in the human soul; and yet there are a great many who have such a conception. ◄ Romans 12:10 ► Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Piety is adapted to the notions of happiness and chief good which all men entertain, although these notions were as various in themselves as the theories of philosophers have been about their object. You whose occupations engross your time, I cannot imagine that God has given even to you a light which is quite covered with a bushel. WHERE IS IT NECESSARY? That this gracious temper extends its regards to all God's commandments. To engage us more effectually to the performance of this part of our duty, let us consider the general obligations we lie under, as rational creatures, to serve the Lord with fervency of spirit, and then the particular obligations that arise from Christianity. for remember that which is uppermost in thy heart is thy master. The ungodly are slaves to Satan. WHAT ARE ITS EVIDENCES?1. In the family.4. He made us (Proverbs 16:4).2. Bewail your former indifference.2. )Fervency a test of spiritualityH. The ungodly are slaves to Satan. Wholly (Deuteronomy 10:12; Psalm 119:6).7. But whether it be the dry heat or the wet, it comes to the same point — namely, feeling, carried up to the point of disclosure.I. THE COMMENDATION WHICH IS DUE TO THIS SERVICE. Many are the precepts which require us to be up and doing, to be zealous in good works, etc. How should the thrice holy God be served by hands unwashed from sin? (2)Hearing (Ezekiel 33:31). In none, however, did this spirit more immediately display itself than in our blessed Lord and Saviour. Reverently (Hebrews 12:28, 29; Psalm 2:11).2. If a man cannot pursue his calling without violating the law of God, his course is plain. When Carey proposed to go as a missionary to India, he was told that if God wished to convert the heathen He would doubtless do so in His own way. The responsibilities of wealth are discharged by serving the Lord.(J. If any imagine that Christ came into the world to relax their obligations to a holy life, they are grossly mistaken; and if they act upon that principle, they shall find themselves fatally disappointed at last.3. WHY SERVE THE LORD?1. H. Spurgeon.The harmony of Scripture is admirable. Yes, and latent feeling is often the deepest and the best; and there are ether expressions of it besides those of the tongue. That which cometh from the crab will still be sour, plant the tree where you will. Fervour of spirit is, in general, opposed to lukewarmness and indifference. Reverently (Hebrews 12:28, 29; Psalm 2:11).2. Lyth, D.D.I. It is better, a hundredfold, that there should be the utmost tumult of revival than that there should be simply a decorous stupor. How many think they are serving God when they have never turned to His commandments 1 What God doth not bid you hath no power over your conscience, even though pope and prelate decree it.4. If God is glorified by his sufferings, the fervent Christian hath gained his end.3. Hast thou been compelled by Divine grace to leave thy sins? Amid such obstacles, what but a zeal that knows no bounds would enable us to resist and overcome the enemies of our salvation!IV. The conduct of secular business, inasmuch as that implicates Christian character and duty (1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12). Now the fervour whereof my text speaks hath religion, or the service of God, for its object. ALL THE CONCEPTIONS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE THAT ESTEEM STRONG FEELING TO BE VULGAR ARE UNCHRISTIAN AND UNPHILOSOPHICAL; they are utterly unallied to the whole nature of grace, or to the disclosure of God's feeling in the human soul; and yet there are a great many who have such a conception. Our devoting ourselves wholly to Him and His way (2 Corinthians 8:5; Matthew 6:24).2. It is better, a hundredfold, that there should be the utmost tumult of revival than that there should be simply a decorous stupor. We must render our obedience to the Lord Himself. (2) Through this we should aim at the conversion of sinners. But life is above all price; and a man who is fit to preach at all, must be fit to preach because he has the power of inflammation. The end of our being.(J. No — "be not deceived; God is not mocked; whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap." Think of young and sickly David Brainerd going alone into the wild forests of America and among their wilder denizens, with the words "Not from necessity but from choice, for it seems to me that God's dealings towards me have fitted me for a life of solitariness and hardship." But life is above all price; and a man who is fit to preach at all, must be fit to preach because he has the power of inflammation. There is but one way in which you can have a sound theology, and that is by living so near to God that you have the witness of the Divine Spirit in you that you are the sons of God. The end of God's giving us such active spirits is that we might employ them for Him (Proverbs 16:4).2. Piety is enforced in these respects. If the tongue speak not, yet if the life speak thou shalt have done God no small homage. The ignorance, poverty, misery, iniquity of London reek before God, and yet we gather in a little quiet place by ourselves, and we use the rosewater of self-complacency, and think that everything goes well.(C. What is God to the great mass of men? Then for one thousand years the darkness was only broken by here and there a man like St. Louis of France, or St. . GOD HAS A JUST RIGHT TO IT. Milligan.1. Milligan.)EnthusiasmArchdn. A fate; a fear; a dread; an abstraction; a machinist; a power hid behind government; a law; a something; a nothing. Our devoting ourselves wholly to Him and His way (2 Corinthians 8:5; Matthew 6:24).2. But are not the deepest feelings often voiceless? Objects, places, times, all may be yoked to the soul's chariot. Our devoting ourselves wholly to Him and His way (2 Corinthians 8:5; Matthew 6:24).2. Forgiven, they have longed with others to share the same forgiveness, and they have been ready to do all, and to dare all, for His sake who died for them. A good man is the guardian angel of his country. And that which we see in the mother extends more or less through every part of life. Walking in holiness and righteousness before Him (Luke 1:74, 75).5. Christ was "clad with zeal as with a cloak" (Isaiah 59:17; John 2:17; Psalm 69:9). As I understand faith, it is such a quickening of the mind, such an expansion of its power, such a luminousness shining through it of the fires of a sanctified imagination working on moral and spiritual elements, that the whole man is lifted up into a higher sphere, and reasons upon things that are not in the vulgar court of a mere justice of the peace, but in the spiritual court of the Holy Ghost. I shall only add on this head, that by serving the Lord here, we have an earnest and anticipation of the happiness of the heavenly state. Conclusion: "And now, are you, that are grouped into a church, living, with real glow and fervour, a religious life? (2)You cannot be too serious in them (Luke 17:10). Many are the precepts which require us to be up and doing, to be zealous in good works, etc. Hence I would say a word to those of you who cannot serve the Lord in direct activities. The service of a mother to a child is invested with a feeling which makes it to the mother one of the most delightful of occupations; but the same service performed by any other would be odious to her. There is but one way in which you can have a sound theology, and that is by living so near to God that you have the witness of the Divine Spirit in you that you are the sons of God. (2) Through this we should aim at the conversion of sinners. Here reverence, gratitude, faith, hope, love, concentre their rays, and shine with united glory. THE DIFFICULTIES CONNECTED WITH THE SERVICE OF GOD REQUIRE IT. Are you a power among men? He gave us our being at the first; by His providence our lives are daily sustained. We are not to be self-complacently content with having merely spoken the truth, we are to look for signs following. Prompted by God's love in the heart.3. It is not wealth inherited that is the mightiest lever, but that which is gained by work. But when the soul has been kindled, and the understanding is regnant, and all the best affections cluster around the reason to give it expression, the heavens cannot contain God, and the earth is full of His glory and companionship. If you serve Him He will cause all things to serve you (Romans 8:28).6. The most illiterate man, under the impressions of true devotion, and in the immediate acts of Divine worship, contracts a greatness of mind that raises him above his equals. But while we make room for comfort for those who abide by the stuff, we do not desire to console the idle; we are —(1) To make known the gospel of Christ. Unless you serve Him you must serve sin and Satan (Matthew 6:24).2. He who enlists surrenders his will to the discipline of the army and the bidding of the Captain. Think, too, of the effort of Clarkson, Wilberforce, Sharp and Garrison in their efforts to liberate the slave. True fervour of spirit proceedeth from above. Religion is not a matter of easy acquirement. When Carey proposed to go as a missionary to India, he was told that if God wished to convert the heathen He would doubtless do so in His own way. Fervent means "burning," "on fire." What was Christianity itself but such an enthusiasm? What is God to the great mass of men? You are to carry your fervency into business; you are to adapt it to your business; you are to make it a part of your business, and so a part of your religion.3. )Serving the LordServing the LordBp. It is —1. Logan. Heavenly spirits enjoy unbroken rest, but they find their rest in serving God day and night. Are you working in your several spheres with fervour? )A fervent pietyJ. It does not consist merely in a few emotions of natural piety, neither is it a sudden blaze of religious fervour, which flashes for a moment like a meteor and as quickly disappears. )Fervour of spiritH. The highest pleasure. There is nothing so offensive to God as lukewarmness and indifference.II. The natural element of godliness. In none, however, did this spirit more immediately display itself than in our blessed Lord and Saviour. HOW SHOULD WE SERVE HIM?1. In the Church.2. Think only on the wonders of redeeming love. (2) God's servant has been won by power as well as bought with price. There are two particular evils which we must either conquer or be ruined by them. Be more serious for the future. In the family.4. In the Church.2. He who lays aside for Christ a portion of his daily wage of work, preaches to the world and thereby advances the cause of the Redeemer.IV. )A fervent pietyJ. It was zeal for the Lord, manifesting itself by obedience, holy, fervid, and strenuous exertion to promote the glory of God. What would the world have been without them? When Carey proposed to go as a missionary to India, he was told that if God wished to convert the heathen He would doubtless do so in His own way. It is —1. Amid such obstacles, what but a zeal that knows no bounds would enable us to resist and overcome the enemies of our salvation!IV. God not only deserves such service as I am pleading for, He likewise demands it, and will not be put off with anything less. If the tongue speak not, yet if the life speak thou shalt have done God no small homage. We must carry the light of feeling out to a boisterous world; and the feeling is to be carried up to an intensity such that it will burn or shine out, and be able to withstand the influences that are streaming from life on every side. Extent, it may be always ACTING under its control spiritual because of the in. 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