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matter. It is not enough that we give our means; we must give ourselves. I may hire a man to do some work; but I can never hire a man to do my work. Alone, before God, I must answer for that; and so must we all. It is not enough that you say “My work has been to bire another man's work ”; for tbat hired man's work is, after all, only his own work, and you have helped him to do it better; and his work is counted to bis own account, and can never be registered on yours. To help another man to do God's work is well; but it can never take the place of your own work for God; and are there not hundreds of Christians whom God has blessed with wealth and influence sheltering their conscienccs to-day under the purchased labour of a hired substitute ? We think it is cheap service-paying a missionary to live for us his short-lived life in the deserts of India ; or a couple of Bible-women to do our work in the hovels of the poor at home! But oh! it is very, very dear if it take the place of the work which God has given to “every man" to do. Every man's work shall be made manifest, for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall try every man's work what sort it is.” It is a great truth that the world is saved by the substitution of Christ for sinners; but it is likewise a very solemn thought that the world is being lost by the substitution of one Christian's work for anciler's.
Next to this great evil of employing substitutionary labour instead cf our own, there exists a grievance scarcely less injurious to the spread of God's work among the hearts of the people. Many a man, without neglecting his own work in the least, bas the means of employing others in addition, and for this purpose it is no uncommon idea that anybody will do! For work among the masses, it is argued, there is nothing like selecting those who have themselves been born and bred within the sphere of the masses. Now this is a fatal mistake. God's servants ought to be the flower of the land. They ought to be chosen from amongst the best that a nation has ; and one of the main reasons why the masses are as yet almost untouched by the power of the gospel of Christ is, that we send the wrong men to reach them.
I have just one more suggestion to make-for my writing now is more with the intention of once more throwing down the gauntlet at the door of all true Christian hearts; and my own contribution to the question can be but a very humble one.
After good men, it seems to me that we want good methods. Above all, we want new methods. Not at all, however, that the old methods are bad, but simply that they are old. The best old methods are, perhaps, as good as, or better than, any new ones; but they are old methods, and that is enough. The world has got tired of them. It will not have anything more to do with them—the worse for the world, perhaps, you say, but that cannot alter the fact. Men are crying out for novelty. Perhaps a better word would be “variety." Well, let them have variety. They want it; in everything else they get it; why not in this? If we cannot win the people by old, plainly enough the only reasonable line of action is to try new means; and if the new bait does not succeed, let us try again ; and if that does not do, let us go on trying till we find a bait that does.
My friends, in a work like this we are bound to succeed. It may indeed require a long, long struggle, but God will give each one of us who begins it grace enough to pursue it. And let those who are in earnest about it begin now. Let there be no waiting till some other man takes some other step in some other town. This is one of Satan's tricks for casting responsibility off the shoulders which should bear it. And let us be silent about our inability. If, as bumble followers of the Master, we are really willing to take up this work, God will take care to stand by us. Only let us be earnest, and selfsacrificing, and single-eyed for His glory. Otherwise it is useless to begin. He can excuse weakness, and work through it; He can excuse blunders, and over-rule them for good; but with halfheartedness, and lukewarmness, and indifference to the value of immortal souls, we may as well make up our minds that He can do nothing. So if we mean to take up this solemn question for ourselves, let there be no half measures. Let us count the cost honestly, not in the poor light of this shadow of a life of ours, but with the great measure of eternity; and if, after all, God pleases to lay the burden of these poor souls upon our threshold, let us fall upon our knees and say,
Amen. My friends, it is no melancholy duty. It is no misfortune to find out that God wants us. Those who have this idea of it will be little use to Him, and they will not be long in discovering some means of getting out of it. The excuses which Satan puts into the sinner's heart for rejecting Christ are nothing to those with which he lempts the Christian to abstain from Christian work. We have thousands and.
thousands of Christians who can tell you in a minute wby they are not doing anything for Christ. The excuse has been lying there for years all ready formed, and by this time they are perfectly satisfied upon the subject. At the beginning of their Christian life, Satan told them some little lie" they were too inexperienced for work.” perhaps, "they had not the gift," “they might just spoil matters," "they must wait for better openings,” and “a fitter frame for service.” And so this matter of work has been husbed up. And God's people are slumbering on the faith of such miserable subterfuges, while souls are dying in hundreds at their very doors! God only knows what a fearful revelation it would be, if He were to challenge these excuses this day, and expose their hollowness to our barren and fruitless lives! It is high time we were waking out of sleep. Let us rise and examine ourselves in the sight of God, and see what is to hinder us from entering the vineyard of His Son. And if we see it to be His will that the God-like work of winning souls should fall into these unworthy bands of ours, let us accept with humble faith the holy privilege, and count no earthly sacrifice too great if it is to help even one of these poor souls to reach its eternal rest.
SERMONS AND ADDRESSES BY MR. MOODY.
As specimens of the mode of thought and speech characteristic of Mr. Moody, we quote some of the more striking addresses he has delivered.
FOR OR AGAINST CHRIST."
THIS NIGHT OR NEVER.
After reading a portion of the 27th chapter of Matthew, which relates the giving of Christ to be crucified and the release of Barabbas, Mr. Moody delivered a powerful discourse upon the word of Pilate, " What shall I do then with Jesus, which is called the Christ?” The people of England were in the position of Pilate. They bad got Christ in their hands, and they had to decide what they would do with Him. Some people had been very much offended on a previrus night because he told them that they had to decide for or agains: Christ that night. They said, “Can you not decide it some oth v ime ?" Pilate tried to shirk the responsibility, and to shift it u Vjerod; but even the bloodthirsty llerod refused to take the life of an innocent man, and sent him back to Pilate, and Pilate's wise said to him, “llave thou nothing to do with that just man, for I have suffered much in a dream concerning him.” Pilate left it to the Jews to decide who should be released, and they said Barabbas. What made Pilate take that course? Public opinion. There were tens of thousands in this great city who were kept from the Cross of Christ by public opizion. As in the case of Pilate, public opinion was worth more to them than the kingdom of heaven. Still he believed the people were troubled, or else they would not have been bustling and pressing round the doors of that building night after night, and Sunday after Sunday, for the last five weeks. He believed thousands were trembling in the balance between Barabbas and Christ-between leaven and hell. Every one of them must decide the question for themselves. That very hour they could receive Him and be saved, or reject Ilim and be damned. Ile would divide the meeting into different classes. Ile asked worldly Christians, What they were going to do with Christ? What bad they done for Christ during the last twenty years of their lives ? The longer he lived the more thoroughly be was convinced that professing Christians retarded the salvation of souls more than either infidels or sceptics, Oh! professing Christians, this was the last Sabbath they might ever have the opportunity, and he asked, What were they going to do with Jesus ? Were they going to accept Him or deny Him by their life and daily conversation ? Ile prayed that God might help them to trim their lamps, and give light to those that were walking in darkness. The moment they commenced to work fur Jesus they would get rid of doubts and fears, and be brought into another atmosphere, and then they would know something about the joy of the Lord. A lighthousekeeper once let his lights go out. A wreck ensued ; and when he went to view the bodies cast up along the shore, he recognized the corpse of his son, who had gone on a whaling voyage three years before. Ilow many fathers and mothers let their lights go out, and wrecked their children's lives? There were young men at the present day who did not believe in the reality of the Christian religion, and said it was all a sbam and a myth. Why? Because their parents did not live as if they believed in what they prosessed. They went to church every Sundlay, and said prayers, but they were not living in or for Christ. Ile called on them to live for Christ. If all did, how the tory lose ?
dark waves of sin would be driven back! Another class was the backsliders. They had denied Christ by their lives, turned their backs on Him, and wounded Him afresh. Now they were scoffers, sceptics, infidels. Might God bring them back that day! The Shepherd was looking for them. They had wandered into the dark plains of sin, but the Shepherd was crying,
" Come home; your father calls you ! " "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” They would find no rest in the world. What did the prodigal who wandered into the devil's terri
He had to take care of swine, which was contrary to the law of Moses. He lost his food, for he had to live on husks. Ile lost his home. He lost his testimony, for he could do nothing for God where he was. If he, a miserable, dirty, ragged wretih, said he was the son of a rich father, nobody would beliere him. But there was one thing which he did not lose—his father's love. He never lost that. All the years that he was away his father loved him. Don't believe that God hated them because they had wandered away from Him. If a prodigal came home to lis mother, would she not clasp bim to her heart with tears of joy ? IIow many a brokenhearted mother would like to receive her boy that day! But no mother would receive her child with greater joy than God would receive that sinner. Backsliders ! would they turn away from Him now or come to Him? It might be that young lady in the gallery ; it might be that young man far away by the fountain ; it might be that father over yonder who had been wandering for the last ten years. O, come home to-day! He asked those who were pleasureseekers, were they going to reject eternal happiness ? A young man on attaining bis majority had a convivial party of friends, and all got drunk on champagne. That very young man had recently been one of a meet'ng of friends in that very saine room, all of whom were converts, and he had declared that he had enjoyed more happiness since he was converted than ever he did before. Men of pleasure ! what were they going to do with Christ ? Were they going to join with the Jews who cried, “Crucify Him?” That was the cry of the world to-day. They said, “ We don't want Christ; give us pleasure.” Solomon, the wisest of men and kings, tried all the phases of earthly happiness, and said at the end, “ All is vanity and vexation of spirit.'' Another class of people were the selfish. These pushed for seats in that building. But the Lord Jesus was not selfish; and if they had