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truth, and the last victory over the grand enemy of God and man shall be achieved.

Men may be instrumental of extending the gospel in a variety of ways. They may do this, by their fervent and persevering prayers. They may do it, by a correspondent life of sacrifices and exertions. They may do it also, as multitudes already have done it, and as other multitudes doubtless will, by going forth as actual laborers to the mission field.

It may probably have been ground of complaint with some, that in carrying into effect the purposes of his grace God should make so large demands upon the worldly comforts and the exertions of his friends. "Could he not have executed his designs without them? Can he not with a word fill the earth with Bibles and teachers, and bring all the heathen to the knowledge of the truth? Can he not very well relieve his friends from their present burthens, and accomplish his promises without their aid " ?—In reply to inquiries such as these I design to shew, not that God has a right to the services of his people, and that when he requires their services, they can have no reason to complain; but that it is a privilege and a blessing that he does require them. It will be my endeavour to shew,

II. That it should be to us matter of devout thankfulness, that in carrying forward his holy cause, God is pleased to employ the instrumentality of men. And this will be evident, if we consider,

1. That it is a great honor to us to be employed, as we are required to be, in this work. In all our exertions and sacrifices for the spread of the gospel, we are associated in labor with the angels of light. We are pursuing with them the same noble objects, and looking forward to the same glorious results.

We are doing what we can in our humbler sphere to give success to their high and holy ministry among men.-And not only so, we are associated in labor with the great God himself. Thus it was said of the Apostles, that they went forth and preached every where, the Lord working with them." In their various trials and exertions also, they could comfort themselves by reflecting, "We are laborers together with God."-Angels may well consider it an honor and a privilege, to be associated in employment with the Infinite Mind. Much more then may we consider it an honor and a privilege, to be thus associated with this great Spirit, and with angels too. What are we, odious, guilty, miserable creatures, that we should be received into this high and holy fellowship, not only with the angels of light, but with Father, Son, and Holy Ghost-and should be admitted, as "workers together with them," in promoting the same glorious object and kingdom?

2. The people of God should be thankful for their appointed work, because by means of it they may be kept from such things as would injure them.-They may be kept from spiritual sloth. It is not less true in the spiritual than in the natural world, that "drowsiness will clothe a man with rags." There is scarcely a situation in which the Christian can be placed, where he will be likely to suffer more, than under the chilling, stupifying influence of sloth. It should be matter of thankfulness with him therefore that his heavenly Father is kindly affording him a preservative from so fatal an evil-that he is making him acquainted with the purposes of his love, and exciting him to arouse his dormant energies and co-operate in carrying them into full effect.-And the christian may be saved by the same means not only

from sloth, but from low, unworthy and sinful pursuits. By being continually occupied in the service of God, he may be delivered from the service and the snares of the Destroyer. He may be delivered from an inordinate and vicious thirst after the honors, pleasures, and vanities of this fleeting life. It is doubtless a privilege to the christian to be kept from such things. And how can he better be kept from them, than by having the cause of the Redeemer, and the noble work of spreading his gospel, lying constantly on his hands?

3. It should be matter of thankfulness to Christians, that they have an important service assigned them by their heavenly Father, because, by means of it, their best affections may be brought into lively and rigorous exercise.-While laboring for Christ, they will naturally contemplate his labors and sufferings for them; and their hearts will rise in devotion and melt in gratitude towards him. While they are "workers together with" their heavenly Father, and walk hand in hand with him in accomplishing his designs of mercy and promoting his holy cause and kingdom; they will be growing daily in a love of his character, and their communion with him will be intimate and sweet. While they are associated with saints and angels in advancing the same beney#olent object and work; they experience in their hearts a constantly increasing affection towards all holy beings, and feel more and more the bonds of that sacred and joyful union which is to exist forever. While they are studying the wants of their perishing fellow men, and endeavoring to feed them with the bread of life; the reigning power of self is breaking down within them, and a rich and impartial benevo lence is becoming established in their souls. And

while, in the ardor of their desires for the universal diffusion of Christ's kingdom, they are led to contemplate and rest upon the promises of God's word; their faith in these promises waxes stronger and stronger, and their hopes and consolations proportionally in

crease.

4. It is a privilege to christians that they are allowed to co-operate in the building up of Christ's kingdom, since this work will excite them to frequent and earnest prayer.-The real christian knows that it is good for him to pray. He believes that a life of prayer is not less his privilege than his duty. It is prayer, he finds, which renders him solemn, spiritual, and humble. It is this which keeps his conscience tender, and excites him to increased watchfulness against the approaches of sin. It is in prayer too, that he gains the most exalted and delightful views of his heavenly Father; feels most deeply his dependence on him; and enjoys the sweetest communion with him. Indeed whenever he goes to the throne of grace in a proper manner, he can come from it with the declaration of the devout Psalmist on his lips, "My prayer is returned into mine own bosom."-But if prayer is so great a privilege to the Christian, then those things must be counted privileges which lead to prayer. And where, among all these, shall we find a more powerful excitement to it, than the appointed work of the Christian in spreading the gospel? Prayer is in fact an important part o this work; and in the prosecution of other parts of it, how often will he be led to his Infinite fellowworker in the heavens, for his direction and his powerful help? How often will he feel that he cannot take another step, without first consulting with his heavenly Father?

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5. The people of God should esteem it a privilege that they are allowed to co-operate in the building up of Christ's kingdom, because this affords them an opportunity of exhibiting their religion. It is of great importance that their religion should be exhibited. It is in this way only, that the world can see what religion is, and be made sensible of its reality, excellence and power-that religion can be honored and its Divine author glorified-and that saints can refute the charges, and silence the reproaches, which are cast upon them. But how can Christians so clearly and satisfactorily exhibit their religion, as by cheerful sacrifices and persevering exertions for its support and prevalence in the world? Whose piety ever shone forth in a more clear and amiable light, than that of the Apostle Paul ? And who in modern times have exhibited more bright and attractive evidences of piety, than Brainerd, and Elliot, and Martyn, and the whole number of those, who have devoted themselves to labors and to death, in spreading the gospel of the Son of God? This is the way, my brethren, in which our religion must be exhibited. It must be by a cheerful and faithful performance of that work which our Father has given us to do. I add,

6. That christians should be thankful for their appointed work, since this is adapted more than any thing else to give life and vigor to the Church.-The Church on earth has uniformly exhibited deplorable marks of the corruption of the materials of which it is composed. It has exhibited evidence to this effect, in its constant propensity, except when under the influence of some powerfully exciting cause, to sink down into a state of spiritual torpor and dea Το counteract this fatal propensity, and impart life and vigour to his drowsy church, God has employed a

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