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these days incumbent on us, have we, like St. Matthew, fulfilled the duty? To these questions let our meditations be directed,

I. We are to leave all our evil practices, that we may follow Christ. There appears no breach of charity in the assumption that St. Matthew, in his business as a publican, had borne some resemblance to his brethren. He was every hour exposed to the temptations, by which they were so generally overcome. He was every hour alfailed by the influence of their pernicious example. And the Scriptures do not furnish any intimation that he had distinguilhed himself from others in his own line of life; or that it was on account of any conspicuous merit that he was selected to become an Apostle of our Lord. Be this circumstance, however, as it may, St. Matthew was a child of Adam ; by nature corrupt, in practice sinful. But he listened to the command of Jesus. His original employment, in itself so ensnaring, he forfook at once. And he seems anxious to thew his sense of the memorable goodness of Christ in calling him from so guilty a profession to be his disciple, by fill denoîninating himself, in a subsequent part of

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his Gospel, where he recounts the names of the twelve Apostles, Matthew the Pubi lican : an appellation never assigned to him subsequently to his conversion by any other of the sacred writers. ' He continued stedfastly with his heavenly Mafter'; gradually improving in grace and holiness, as he grew in the knowledge of his Lord and Saviour. Conformably to his example, we are to relinquish all habits and deeds of wickedness to which we have heretofore been addicted. This is the first step in repentance. Until this step be taken, to

fpeak of repentance is hypocrisy. We must - relinquish our former iniquities altogether,

and without reserve. Suppose that St. Matthew, when Christ commanded him to

become his follower, had answered, that she would attend upon Christ occasionally,

when his occupation afforded him leisure : and that for the future, when employed in collecting tribute, he would commit acts of extortion only seldom. Would Christ have regarded him? Would he have accepted such service ? You must surrender yourselves entirely to Christ. You must follow Hirn wholly. You must follow Him alone. In all his actions Christ was pure from sin, and a pattern of every good uja annan som si


work. When you wilfully indulge in wickedness; is that to follow Chrift? When you reserve fome favourite fin for your occasional gratification; is that to leave all for the sake of Christ? No man can serve two masters. Choose between the works of God, and the works of the devil ; between the deeds of light, and those of darkness; between Heaven and hell. "

II. We must renounce, for the sake of Christ, all our evil inclinations. This step is necessary to make repentance complete. St. Matthew not only relinquished his occupation, but abandoned it with gladness. You do not see him taking leave of his home with reluctance and sorrow. He was not ashamed to let it be known to the world that he was going to resign his antecedent habits of life; his domeftic comforts; his eale; his former , associates ; his settled pursuits, for the sake of religion. He prepared a great feast towelcome his Saviour to his house, before he Thould himself quit it: and invited å nuo merous company of publicans and sinners, that they also might be blessed with the op. portunity of listening to the words of etere nal life. Afterwards, when you hear him mentioning his former profession; it is not

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with desire to return to it, but with gratitude for having been called away from it to take up his cross and follow Christ. In conformity to this example every Christian is not merely to abstain, as by conftraint, from sinful actions ; but to glorify his God by cheerful obedience, and to bring his will under thankful subjection to his Redeemer. He is to be holy in thought, holy in heart, holy in his designs, holy in his wishes. He is to abhor sin as odious to God, repugnant to his laws, hostile to his plans, destructive to his creation. He is to cultivate righteoulnessas that which God has appointed : that which God loves: that which is the distinguishing and pre-eminent attribute of God: that which shone with unclouded lustre in the human nature of the glorious Redeemer: that which the glorious Redeemer lived and died to plant and establish among men. He is to labour to crucify the old man, the original corruption of which he is a partaker, with the affections and lusts which it produces. He is to be renewed through the operation of the Holy Ghost

in the spirit of his mind; to be conformed arin heart to the image of Christ: to put on the new man, which after God, according to the image of God, is created in righteous


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ness and true holinefs. He is to ferve God not in the fpirit of bondage, but of love: not as the Ifraelites submitted to their Egyptian taskmasters, bowing to the yoke whinti they could not escape': but with the affe&tionate acquiescence which breathed in the words of Christ, when he exclaimed; Father! Not my will but thine be done!",


III. We, like St. Matthew, are to renounce private interest, whenever it interferes with our obedience to Jesus Christ. St. Matthew forsook his poffeffions, and relinquished the employment which furnished him with subsistence, which difclofed the prospect of wealth; that he might be a faithful follower of the Master' who commanded his service. Behold a decisive proof of sincerity! He does not honour his Saviour with his lips only. He gloria fies the Son of God by making large facrifices for his fake; by immediately making

every facrifice which is required. He - hears of the pearl of great price ; and he

parts with every thing that he may obtain it. He counts all things but loss that he may win the approbation of his Redeemer. He casts away his treafures on earth that he may be admitted to an enduring inherit

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