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and of morning. They have attended public worship, and even the facrament, with decent frequency. But let every person of this description answer to himself a short question : Where has your heart been fixed ? On the next world, or on this ?. Your answer will tell you that, if you die in your present state, your condemnation is certain and just. Others make pleasures and amusements their idols. They conceive that, because they are under no pccuniary necessity of addi&ing themselves to business, they need not disappointtheir inclinations. They do not mean, they profess, to live wickedly : but they think that they have a right to entertain themselves. Amuse'ments accordingly constitute their leading pursuit. Hounds and horses, or other sports of the field; or public places and unprofitable visiting and the indolent perusal of trifling and uninstructive books, take possession of their time and their thoughts. The amusements which each person selects for himself depend on his situation, and other accidental circumstances. But of all such persons, amusement, whatever shape it may assume, is the object. And because they follow fuch amusements as are not in their own nature necessarily finful; and because they are not regardless of the forms of devotion, and some other outward duties of religion; they flatter themselves that they are sufficiently good Christians. But let such persons also be asked : Where has your heart been fixed? Can you think that the life which you have led has been to live unto God and unto Christ? Has your life been that of a man who seeks first the king, dom of God and his righteousness? The perfons who were previously described perish by the cares and the riches of the world. You perish by its idleness and its pleasures. Industry, grounded on Christian motives, and governed by Christian rules, is not only not a fin, but an absolute duty. Recreations, innocent in their nature, and moderate in degree, are at proper times beneficial and necessary. But if either the acquisition of money, or the pursuit of amusement, be the leading object of your thoughts and wishes, the ruling principle of your heart : cease to imagine that you are religious; anticipate the condemnation which awaits you. I dwell not on other idols. What though power and learning, and reputation, have also their worshippers ? Is the idolatry of another man a vindication of yours ? God acknowledges none as his fervants, except those whose predominant desire and delight is to promote his glory and obey
his commandments. To no others does he promise pardon and grace and falvation through Jesus Christ. Deceive yourself no longer. Lean no longer on a broken reed. Away with ever excuse for delaying to resign your whole heart to your Redeemer. Some excuses may be more absurd, some may be more presumptuous, than others. But if you trust to any excuse whatever, you will fall into everlasting condemnation,
On Stedfastness in Obedience to God.
Numbers, xiv. 24. But my Servant Caleb, because he had another
Spirit with him and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the Land.
THE children of Israel, about fifteen months
after their departure from Egypt, were now arrived on the borders of the land of promise. Moses, according to the command of God, sent forth twelve chosen men, one from each tribe, to examine the country : and directed them to bring accurate information to their brethren, whether the soil was rich and fruitful or lean and barren; whether the inhabitants were few and feeble, 'or numerous and warlike; whether they were
dwellers in tents, or in cities and strong holds. The twelve spies, after having been engaged during forty days in executing the commiffion, returned. They delivered a most favourable account of the fertility of the land of Canaan. They described it as indeed flowing with milk and honey. And among other specimens of the luxuriance of its productions, they brought with them a cluster of grapes so vaft in size, that it was carried between two of them upon a staff. But the remainder of their report filled the camp of Ilrael with alarm. They represented the people of Canaan as men of great stature, some of them even as giants, and as dwelling in very large and fortified cities. And ten of the spies vehemently dissuaded the Israelites from attempting to enter the country; and à verred that its inhabitants were far too mighty to be attacked by them with any hope of success. The other two spies, Caleh and Joshua, remained firm in dependence upon God. They protested against the impious cowardice of their associates. They earnestly entreated their countrymen not to rebel against the ordinance of the Lord, who had commanded them to go up and take poffeffion of the land ; who had promised to bestow it upon them and their children for ever; and
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