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dependence on His grace, as shall compel attention, and silence the rising excuse, and send conviction into a soul that has long stood out against Him. His word to His ministers, sad at heart at their unrequited toil— tired with their seeming ill success—is not, leave off, but go on-Cast the net on the right side of the ship and ye shall find! And so, brethren, we persevere ; we lift up the hands that hang down, and the feeble knees. We go about our Lord's work, not in our own strength, but in His. We have His promise to support us; His example to cheer us—In due season we shall reap, if we faint not !
And the same applies to other work. All true success must come of God. We too much forget this in actual life. We lay our plans, and set about our business as if the issue was entirely in our own power—and then, when things turn out ill, we are discouraged. Surely it would be better did we first seek God's blessing on what we undertake. Surely we should be less troubled at our failures after so doing—we should feel that whatever happened then was for the best. At the same time, let us bear in mind, that, to expect God's blessing on any work, we must also use all diligence ourselves. There is nothing in the miraculous draught of fishes, nothing in any part of our Lord's teaching, to warrant a man in being idle; in folding his hands, and doing nothing—the lesson there is, as we have seen, rather this-persevere-labour on -give not up the appointed task--be not weary in well doing !
I pass over, lest I should detain you too long, the fear
and awe that fell on Peter, at the sudden success which was granted to his efforts-When he saw it he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord! Neither can I more than mention how the Lord removed that fear-Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not, from henceforth thou shalt catch men !
Much as there is for us to learn in this; much as it must interest us to find thus early the Apostle's work shaped out for him, to be a chief fisher of men -pleasant to compare his success in his old occupation, with that great catch of human souls which crowned his first labour as a Christian preacher-when, after his words, on the day of Pentecost, there were added unto the Church above three thousand souls
Interesting as this is, I must not dwell upon it nowI would only, before I conclude, consider shortly what is told us in the last verses of this day's Gospel - When they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
They forsook all. Some have sought to lessen this act on the part of the Apostles, by asking what their all was—a few fishing nets and a boat or two !
But, brethren, remember that, if it seems little to us, it was all they had in the world. Besides, it was not only that they gave up certain worldly goods to wait on Jesus—they gave up the life which was pleasant to them, in which they had been brought up : round which all their associations clung. They gave it up, too, at once --and with no repining—and cast in their lot with One Who was poor and despised, Who had no riches to offer
them, no pleasures, no home—nothing but crosses and persecution-on this side the grave.
And what, brethren, may we learn from this ? Why, that we, too, must give up much-many a lust, many an unruly desire, many a questionable pursuit and pleasure, if we would do, as we are all pledged-follow Jesus !
True, we are not called upon, as were the Apostles, to forsake our calling, or to part with all our worldly goods, in order to be Christ's disciples—but we are called upon, as much as ever they were, to give up worldliness, to part with those affections and lusts which are opposed to, and stand in the way of His righteous service. As St. Peter reminds us in his first Epistle-we, who are Christians, are under a bond, no longer to live the rest of our time in the flesh, in the lusts of men, but to the will
Do think of it, brethren--do ask yourselves, this day, whether you have forsaken any of the practices which are contrary to your profession as followers of Jesus Christ. Do consider it as a test of your sincerity, of your being really His people, that you are able uncomplainingly to give up something for Christ-to part with money—or pleasure—or self-will—or worldly comfortsthat you may walk in the same path with Him.
He for us gave up infinitely more—He gave up heaven, and the glory He had there with His Father! He for us made Himself of no reputation, and took upon form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men and being formed in fashion as a man, He humbled Him
self and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross! Is it much? is it not the least that we can do, if we now give up ourselves, those bodies, souls, and spirits, which He has redeemed, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto Him ?
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
1 SAMUEL XIII. 14.
The Lord hath sought Him a man after His own heart; and the Lord
hath commanded him to be captain over His people.
ACTS VII. 45, 46.
David, who found favour with God.
We were occupied two Sundays ago with the history of Saul, the first King of Israel—and in that history mention is often made of one whom, already in Saul's lifetime, God chose to be his successor-David, the son of Jesse, the sweet Psalmist of Israel, the man after God's own heart !
It is, then, by a natural step that I come to-day to consider some passages in the life of David. Our Church too, at this season, calls our attention very markedly to his history.
And how full is it of lessons for our learning ! full, too of incidents of a most romantic kind! For where shall