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her borders, and the increase of her children, occupy her chief attention. The agency of the Holy Spirit must be sought to prepare many servants for this work, to put it into their hearts to go forth to his help against the mighty, to guide them in the formation, and strengthen them for the execution of important and well-directed plans. And constant earnest prayer should be presented to the Father of our spirits, that he would send forth watchmen, and that he would render their message effectual, that whilst they invite the people to count the bulwarks of Zion, to consider well the beauty of her palaces, to record the glories of her great King, and speak of the extension of his kingdom, that they should also stand by the posts of her doors, point to her open gates, and lift up their voice to the passing multitudes, inviting them to enter and submit to the authority of Christ Jesus her King.
As a concluding remark, we would observe, that whilst the church as a collective body is bound to hear and attend to the voice of the watchman, the duty is equally binding on every member composing that body. “What I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch.” Christian, if you neglect to watch diligently over the motions of your own heart, out of which are the issues of life, you will soon cease to perform with conscientious integrity the sacred duties you owe to God and to your neighbour. Forget not, believer, that you personally share in the guilt which rests upon the church for having suffered so many
ages to pass without compassionating and earnestly seeking to enrich the nations with the blessings of the gospel. The load of blood-guiltiness rests on the church, for which cause the anger of the Lord is kindled against her, and she is rent and torn. Her ordinances are as dry beasts, and leanness has entered the soul. The first great duty the church is called to perform, is to repent, and do her first works. Public institutions for spreading the knowledge of divine truth among unenlightened nations may be considered as the first symptoms of a backsliding church returning to her first love. You, then, as an individual member, are called upon, O Christian, to watch the signs of the times, and be found at your post. In order to form a vigorous and healthy Christian community, it is requisite that every one of its number should fill his place, and give effect to united exertions. Fervent piety, wrestling with God in prayer, and active exertions to promote his glory, among men, constitute necessary parts of Christian character. Wherefore, then, should you fold your hands, and plead, with the sluggard, in defence of your inactivity, « a lion is in the streets ?" Why aid detractors, who content themselves with sweeping censures because of existing evils, and thereby use your influence to increase the oppressive weight under which the faithful, who keep their garments clean, are ready to sink ? Seek to distinguish things which differ. Despise not the day of small things. Let your frown rest upon, and your voice be heard protesting against, existing
evils; but carefully distinguish between right principles and abuses. Watch the progress of error with a jealous eye, and give it not your countenance: it possesses a self-propagating principle, and a destroying influence. “ Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil,” when he appears as a roaring lion, transforms himself into an angel of light in the church of God, or when ye are called to “wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” The Lord give you understanding and wisdom to direct you. Amen.
THE GOSPEL COMMISSION CONSIDERED:
THE SUBSTANCE OF A DISCOURSE DELIVERED ON
THE SUBJECT OF MISSIONS;
AND IN REFERENCE TO THE MYSORE MISSION COLLEGE.