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as to when a person is really most useful. The greatest results often arise from the most unpremeditated actions, while at the same time the most earnest and laborious efforts of a minister may appear to be without any result at the time, but the harvest may spring up long after the hand that sowed it has mouldered into dust."
“And is it not well it should be so?" I inquired, “If cause and effect as closely followed each other in the spiritual, as in the natural world, even an apostle would scarcely have been able at all times to give to God all the glory, and to own that it is He alone who gives the increase.”
“ Yes,” said Mrs. Walters, “ Man must work as if he could do everything ; but he must trust as if he could do nothing. Cheering indeed is the promise, “In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thy hand, for thou knowest not which shall prosper, this or that, or whether both shall be alike good.' And now, having brought the apostle to his native city again, we will not pursue his journeyings farther to-day.”
As the girls were collecting their books together, I remarked that I never read the Acts of the Apostles without thinking of the contrast which their various journeys present to those of the greater number of professing Christians in modern times.
“Why,” replied Mrs. Walters, "they travelled in order to fulfil a high duty; we too often travel to shun the duties with which we are surrounded at home. With them, self-indulgence was a thing unknown, while with us it is the idol to which increasingly more and more is sacrificed.
“A pilgrim-spirit;' how often we hear the words, yet, how seldom we think of all that is implied in them! Those who have ever sojourned in a foreign land, without having been there sufficiently long to form associations which bind them to it by feelings of affection, know how the heart thrills in a casual encounter with any one, with whom we accidentally meet, who knows our own beloved home and our friends, and how indifferent we feel to all the passing local circumstances, which are of so much consequence in the estimation of the resident inhabitants. We call heaven our home, yet live as if earth were ever to con, tinue so. But now let us go out and enjoy this lovely think, Mary, it is your week for supplying the bouque these flowers look rather languishing."
is lovely day. I
UNITY, THE CRY OF THE CRISIS.
(A Letter to all our Readers.) - Dear Young Friends,-For many years we have been - acquainted with each other, though we have probably never met
face to face. Month after month I have communed with thousands of you through the medium of this Magazine, and endeavored to instruct, exhort, rebuke, or warn you in a variety of ways, and by all forms of address, by precept, by example, and illustration, that “I may by all means save some.”
But I have seldom spoken to you so directly or closely, as I hope to do in the present letter, which is written not only for,
but to, every reader of this Magazine, on a special subject inticalls mately connected with the present times, and your particular in a duty with respect to what is passing around you at this moment.
ob Those of you who live in London, or any of the great towns ht where that spirit of disaffection, commonly known by the name
of Chartism, is so unhappily rampant, will know something of
“ O Lord our God arise,
And make them fall!"
were certainly enough to cause reasonable apprehension that some such scenes of violence and rebellion as have disgraced the Continent were about to be enacted here.
You have often heard, my dear young friends, that the Bible is a book for all times, and especially for troublous times like those in which we live. Indeed, as human nature is the same in all ages, you will find by a careful perusal of this great book that there are cycles in the mental and moral aspect of society, as well as in the movements of the physical world. As days, months, years, and the vaster astronomical periods of time, bring back again by their revolutions the same natural phenomena, so do the bad passions of men act and re-act in such a way to produce, over and over again, the same sad and hideous phases and conditions in the world of mind. And this last remark brings me at once to
BATERIE the immediate business of my letter, which is to call your atten. tion to God's own view of times like ours, and his own directions as to your duty under such a state of things.
“Beloved,” said a good old writer, imbued with that just horror of sedition which we have just shown to be the life-blood of the British Heart—"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the Common Salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort that ye should earnestly contend for The Faith once delivered unto the saints.” So spake holy Jude eighteen centuries ago; and if you read the whole of his searching and powerful epistle, you will find that its echoes, wakened up in our own day, will startle you by the truthfulness with which they give back the sad and solemn realities that now surround us.
For, dear young friends, the entire burden of this short but weighty letter, may be placed before you in one word — Disloyalty. Yes ; I am speaking advisedly and solemnly, when I characterize the crying sin denounced by Jude, from first to last, as neither more nor less than that loose and latitudinarian principle, son conspicuous at the present time, which makes men“ murmurers and complainers,” leads them to “ despise dominion, to speak evil of dignities ;" and going on, as such men must, from bad 70 worse, to take up arms even against the Majesty of heaven, and deny the only Lord God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Now it is not unlikely that some of you may think ! ing a little beside the question, when I place in sta
place in such intimate
connexion, treason against the Most High God, and rebellion against human governments. And far be it from me, my dear young friends, to draw an exact parallel between these two cases, though I think it must be admitted that they are very closely associated in the chapter before us. And so they are in history generally, and especially with those passages of it now transacting in Paris. A Sunday, and one, too, hallowed by remembrances the most touching, is selected as the fittest of all days for a general election! And yet the Parisians are held up by some as deserving of British sympathy. But to return. Certain men it would appear, had crept even into the professing church, who turned the grace of God into lasciviousness, thus repudiating the sovereignty of that Lord who had called them to holiness; and they are consequently rebuked, and held up as a warning to those who really loved the common Saviour.
It is worthy of especial remark how inevitably loose living results from disaffection towards the powers that be. In the same breath it is charged upon these filthy dreamers that they
defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities ;" and I think you will generally find that our noisiest democrats in the present day are men of unbridled passions, who, if not actually identified with socialists and infidels as a body, compose Do inconsiderable part of their unhallowed conclaves, meet at their halls, and unite with them wherever and whenever their destructive notions come into conflict with the conservatism of loyalty and order. The analysis of this spirit wears a threefold aspect – theological, social, and self-seeking. ..
“They have gone in the way of Cain,” choosing their own scheme and modes of worship. If they allow that God ought to be honored at all, they must serve him as they please, and with. out consulting his own directions on the subject. He may tell them that “without shedding of blood,” there is no remission ; but they must claim the liberty of approaching him through some other medium, thus virtually renouncing his authority altogether.
Their rebellion, too, has a social character: “they perish in the gainsaying of Core.” This is its ecclesiastical bearing, breaking forth in enmity against the ministers and stewards of God's truth. It has also, as I have already shewn, a civil
character, arraying itself against the magnates and magistracy of the land, and even against the throne itself.
And now comes the key to all these forms of disloyalty. "They have run greedily after the error of Balaam for reward,” “Having men's persons in admiration because of advantage." If you wish to reach truth by a royal road, my dear young friends, go at once to your Bibles. Patriotism, as the world falsely calls it, has its price. Liberty, equality, fraternity, are propounded as the fool's Utopia simply and solely “because of advantage.” Do not be care deluded, therefore, by the idea that those are your best friends, who are really only their own. Take away from them all hope of aggrandizement, and you will make sad havoc with the proj fessions of such heady, high-minded, and selfish agitators.
You must not think that I am going to inculcate slavish obedience to human authority. You may differ in your opinions et from those who hold authority over you, and I should be the last person on earth to urge upon you any real compromise of prin- der ciple merely for the sake of floating quietly down the stream of affairs. But differing and contending are widely distinct from each other. If therefore you must do the latter, take the advice of Jude, and “contend” only, but as earnestly as you please, for the faith once delivered to the saints. Look at your position af the present moment in the light of this noble epistle; and foregoi all bitterness, and wrath, and clamour, and evil-thinking and speaking, in the contemplation of these “Three Points of the Christian's Charter"-a common Cause, a common Rallying point, and a common Duty.
In that gloomy world where “the light itself is as darkness, we are told that there is “ no order.” But order, it has been well said, is “ Heaven's first law.” The maintenance of order, therefore, as opposed to that reckless disregard of Divine and human authority so prevalent in the present day, is the great caus which should engage the exertions and the prayers of all. for are there not just such characters, and is there not the self-same spirit, abroad in the world, as are described in this epistle? some of the men there spoken of, it is true, attempted to throw cloak of religious profession around their laxities in creed as practice; but as regarded others, their conduct was too out rageous to admit of this disguise. And even in the present day