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AND ENJOY THE FAVOUR OF CHRIST. 153 sses Lha praises, what gratitude I owe to thee! Why 1st gire il didst thou stoop beneath the grave, to save a orë fillim sinking world! Why pass by sinful angels to vive to tia sit sinful men! Why raise man to the heaven me, a he never enjoyed, and not restore them to the look cok heaven they lost! Why sink so low, to raise us Trompeti so high! Why suffer for such a worm as I! ed to to Even so, Lord, for so it seemed good in thy sight.

thee, 11 Blessed Jesus, thy divine goodness undertook, mrezu ihy power performed this miracle of miracles, ens boil this more than wonder. No merits didst thou Elionsele see in man. None wilt thou ever see. Never thee, but can we repay the debt of gratitude. Never love cinjuci i thee half enough. O gracious Saviour! ( divine d soul., sacritice! thou didst bleed, didst bleed for me; emande lidst come to wash away my stains; to seek and dandan save me who was lost. Let me live to thee; and bis in my life adorn thy gospel and glorify thy di name. Let nie die to thee; die with an assurid bus ance that I am thine; die, saying in my last

Beloved Saviour, through thy merits and

cath, a poor polluted worm, deserving hell, Fonce ascends to heaven. Amen. me to

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· The affection of earthly relatives and S: you doubtless esteem of much im. ce to your happiness; but there is one in. ely greater Friend, whose approbation is of

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154 NO WORLDLY INTEREST IMPORTANT LONG. REY early piety as peculiarly acceptable to himself, and this is a weighty reason for its choice. If then you would be happy here, and happy for birtere ever, useful on earth, and glorified in heaven, I beseech you to make this blessing yours. I beseech you to remember, that the esteem and love of mortal friends, if obtained in youth, and enjoyed through following years, and if ev. er so important for all the term of life, will sink into insignificancy itself, when death shall dislodge your soul from its feeble habitation, and eternity receive you to its endless abodes. But to possess that early acquaintance with Christ, that early piety, which is peculiarly pleasing to God, will most nearly concern you, long after you have done with the world; long after not one trace of you or yours remains on earth; long after the shroud, that dress of the grave, and the coffin, that dwelling of the dead, are mixed and lost in the dust that covers them; long after the graves have given up their dead, and the Judge fixed their eternal doom. Tell me, my young friend, of that worldly concern, which will be of any importance to you, when the year 2000 comes. . Alas! you cannot. The world then as now, may be gay and thoughtless; but to you, long, long, long ere that period comes, there will not remain one bitter dreg of any worldly sorrow, nor one pleasing memorial of any worldly joy. The sun will shine as brightly then for others, the earth be as gaily dressed for them as now for you; but long ere that time arrives, Mosons those who are in vigorous youth or de crea pid age, will be mixed in the same dust.

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RELIGION ACCEPTABLE TO GOD. 155 ble to s ble world. The grass of the field, for years and is the years, will have flourished and faded about the and her spot where you and I shall lie. O vain, and passci in hi ing world ! how wretchedly are that youth, and Frous health, and strength, misem ployed, which are See employed for thee! Seek, my young friend, a wart in it better portion than such a world can give. · Puror sue his favour, whose favour will be found better fliten ihan life, when the world itself has passed away cath the like a shadow, that vanishes when the sun goes

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ahaja 2. Religion in any situation, or in persons e title or any age, is acceptable in the sight of the Most, van High, and is deemed true wisdom by him. His:

word declares, “The fear of the Lord is the beginmafiei ning of wisdom; a good understanding have all Comhai they that do his commandments.A person mes may be poor, ignorant, mean, and of small capaci

; yet, if guided by the counsel of God, this poor

wlettered man shall be esteemed by his Maker, und it is wise and of good understanding : another may se prave great and noble, skilful in all knowledge, able

ourse in many languages, and the world che rear onay be astonished at his talents; yet, because he

not true piety, God would pronounce him l, a man of no understanding. So precious rue piety in the sight of the Lord..

While piety in any situation or age, is ing to the Most High, yet learn from the die word, that youthful piety has peculiar

No sight upon earth is more lovely, see young persons in the very bloom of voting themselves to the Saviour, who died em, and ornamenting his religion by giving

eir best years. Religion may be regarded by ablay cute aged convert from sin and folly; but it must

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156 EARLY PIETY PECULIARLY ACCEPTABLE
be honoured by the young, or by those who were
religious in the prime of their days. Early pie-
ty is peculiarly pleasing to the blessed Jesus.
One of the last commands he gave to Peter, was,
“Feed my lambs.” The apostle John was his
young disciple, but he was “the disciple whom
Jesus loved." The case of the young ruler also
in this view deserves attention. Excepting the
apostles, he is the only person expressly men-
tioned in the New Testament as young who went
to our Lord to inquire the way to heaven. He
was a stranger to the Lord, and yet more is said
of him, than of whole multitudes besides ; för of
him it is said, that “Jesus loved him.” And
though the Lord, notwithstanding all he saw so
pleasing in him, afterwards spoke of him as a per-
ishing sinner; yet even his want of real piety
may show you how that blessing is valued by
the Lord Jesus when possessed by the young.
If, though not truly a child of God, the Lord was
so much taken with him, how much more would
he have won on Christ's affection, if to every
other recommendation had been added, true pi.
ety!

"That last and best,
Which more than doubles all the rest.”

A parent may be pleased with another's child, but is more pleased with his own; and the Lord, who beholding that young man loved him, would doubtless have loved him more, if he had been his own disciple. Ah! had he listened to the call of Jesus, how high a place might he have possessed in his Redeemers heart! Perhaps, the very first; for not even of the apostles themselves, is so much said of the Lord's loving Foung ay

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AND MOST HONOURED BY GOD. 157 them, before they became bis disciples, as is said e of his love to this young man.

$ 3. The marked and honourable distinction

which God has placed on early piety, strikingly se to Per

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He has made few, except those converted in ear| ly life, instruments of advancing, to any considerable degree, his glory upon earth. Late conFerts have generally crept, as it were, singly into

Deaven ; while many converted young have been al employed by God, to lead their friends, their et mention de

children, or many others to the abodes of bliss. As by early piety the young peculiarly honour God; so he condescends, in return, peculiarly to honour them. Run over the list of names, which God has so honourably distinguished in his word, and observe they were converted while

young. Abel, the first of martyrs, sought God water in his youth. Enoch, celebrated for so glorious " a translation to heaven, was removed thither,

(considering the length of life at that pea young man. Noah, the father of a se

world, when young served the God of ven, Abraham, pronounced the father of the

aithful, and the friend of God, while young set estand out for the heavenly country. Moses, who was

ful in the Lord's house, in his youth refused called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, and I the reproach of Christ greater riches than sures of Egypt. Joshua, who made the

resolution, as for me and my house, we will stened a whole the Lord,had made the same, long, long

re. Samuel, that much honoured prophet,

en yet a child, said to the Lord,“ Speak, for Sstles y servant heareth.Job, distinguished for his Ord's by patience and his piety, was pious in his early

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