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foul gives itself to the Lord, the person's will is surrendered a captive to the obedience of faith; and the great business afterwards is, to have it to follow the will of God, as the shadow does the body. - It is the business of his affections, which do all center in him: Matth. vi. 21. “ For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” The love of God is the comprehensive duty of the whole law; and where love is fixed on God, There all the other affections will draw after him. The foul will hate evil, will sorrow for what dishonours God, will rejoice in what is pleasing to him, and chearsully obey what he commands.Finally, even the body itself is for the Lord and his service: 1 Cor. vi. 13. “ Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord ; and the Lord for the body.” They who have truly given themselves to the Lord, will look on their bodies as for his service in life, to act for him, yea,

and even in death to suffer for him, if he call for it. “ So now also,” says Paul, “Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death." Phil. i. 20.--I obferve,

3. The pe: son who makes God's fervice his business, ferves him in all things, that is, whatever be his business to which he is called to, he strives to act in it as ferving the Lord. This is imported in that phrase: Pfal. cxvi. 18. “ I have set the Lord always before me.”

And we are called to it by thefe fcriptures: Prov. iii. 6. “ In in thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Col. iji. 17.“ And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father, by him." A perion who makes religion his bufiness, will season all his business with it, and thus caft it into a religious mould. He will carry his reli

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gion not only tq his religious dutiés; but diffuse a strain of it even through his natural and civil business; and thus carry it with him to the field where he works, and to the market where he trades.-Here, 'again, may occur another

Question, How may a person serve the Lord in managing, and being employed about his worldly affairs ? Answer, (1). Act from a sense of the command : i Cor. vii. 24. Brethren, let

every man wherein he is called, therein abide with God." (2). Depend on him for direction : Prov. iii. 6. (quoted above). 3). Depend on him for success : Plal. cxxvii. 1. « Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it : Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." (4). Acquiesce in his disposing of you as may best fuit

your fpiritual interest. (5). Deal with men

you were under God's eye. (6). Be moderate in your pursuits, i Cor. vii. 29. 30. Lastly, Be suitably affected with the dispensations of providence, as they fall out to you.--I observe,

4. That the person who makes God's service his business, scruples at no piece of service which God puts in his hand, but makes conscience of universal obedience : Psal. cxii. 6." Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” God's servants are not allowed to be chusers; and a true servant of God will not chuse his work, but applies himself to whatever God carves out for him, even to fulfil all his will, Acts, xiii. 22. Be it doing or suffering work, his Master's will being made known, he prepares himfelf to do it. The servant of God will not scruple at internal service, but apply himself to it, as well as external : Phil. iii. 3. “ We are the circumcifion, that worship God in fpirit, that rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Many will go about bodily exercise in religion, who are mere strangers to heart-work, and the serving God in their spirits. But this will never be aca ceptable, for these will always be accounted our masters who have our heart-service.--Such will not stop at painful and hard service. It is the mark of a slothful servant, to comply only with the easy pieces of religion : Prov. xx. 4. “ The fluggard will not plough by reason of the cold.” God commands thee to pluck out the right-eye luft; if religion be thy bufiness, serve him in it. It was painful for Abraham to put the knife to the throat of Isaac ; but it was his business to serve the Lord, therefore, when called, he was ready to obey.--Such will not stop at dangerous service, for whoso will come after Christ, must take up his cross, and will be contented to follow the Lord, whithersoever he goeth, Rev. xiv. 4. The Lord has so ordered it, that the way to heaven has. many difficult steps in it, so that the fearful cannot walk therein, Rev. xxi. 8. But those who come there have courage for dangers in the way, and will follow him through the sea of this world, in a storm as well as in a calm.-- Finally, such will not stop at costly service. The Lord calls his. people fometimes in a special manner to this duty :Prov. iii 9. “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase :" Ands forasmuch as their all is the Lord's, it will be at his service. Sometimes they are called to suffer in these things, and to take joyfully the spoiling of their goods, Heb. x. 34.- Sometimes to act for God therewith, as David did, when he bought. the threshing-floor of Araunah, to build an altar unto the Lord upon it, 2 Sam. xxiv. 21. 24.-I. obferve, 5. That tie person who makes God's fervice

his business, is constant and persevering in the service of God: Pfal. cxix. 112. « I have inclined mine heart to perform thy ftatutes, always even unto the end." A true servant of God is for his service at all times, in prosperity and in adversity. They who make God's service their business, will continue with it unto the end'; and this is the character of a fervant: John viii. 31. “ Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed." It is to such only that the reward of grace is promised : Rev. ii. 10.« Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” They are constant in tworespects.—They are fo,

(1.) In that they do not give over his work, laying it down and taking it up when they pleafé. They do not ferve him by fits and starts, but labour to go on evenly in their way, Psal. cxvi. 8. (quoted above). The religion of many is like an ague, in which the patient has his hot and cold fits. "Thus they go to and fro, one day for God, another for the devil. Whatever good mood they may be in at a time, they do not abide at it. Their goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. The whole of what they have from heaven, is as flashes, Pfal. lxxviii. 34. The fpirit of holiness rests not on them; the whole of what heayen has from them, is an over-leap into the holy ground, Job, xxvii. 9. 10. But though there are great changes in the frame of the faint, yet the habitual bent of his heart is still towards God. They are constant in this ; for, (2.) They never change masters again : Heb.

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faving of the soul.” They never apostatife totally, nor finally. Those who do fo will never see hea. ven: Luke, ix. 62. “ And Jesus faid unto him, No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Lot's wife was an emblem of apoftates; God turned her into a pillar of salt, for a terror to all apostates. Those who are the Lord's will not be fattered away from him, by the allurements of the world and the flesh, which is one engine by which Satan makes many cast off God as a master, as did Judas and Demas. And there are many who have been blooming profeffors, who have by these means been led afide, till they cast off religion altogether. Nor will the true servants of the Lord be deterred from him, by the severities which they may meet with in the service of the Lord, Song, viii. 7. “ Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it." We read of some who, when they heard Christ's doctrine, faid, This is a hard saying; who can hear it? John, vi. 60. Ver. 66. “From that time, many of his diciples went back, and walked no more with him.” where men have truly given themselves away to the Lord, and make religion their business, their religion will last to the end, whatever methods be used to extinguish it in any manner of way. We now come to the

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III. GENERAL head, namely, To confirm the doctrine. Consider, there are two things here to be distinguished, namely, flight touches at the fervice of God, which the devil's servants


fometimes afford, who are far from God; and the making religion, and the service of God, our business and ordinary employment, which none will do but those who are truly and savingly the Lord's.


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