And that which we see in the mother extends more or less through every part of life. Remember, too, that many of the thoughts and motives which govern our actions are latent. Religious spirit. Again and again this Divine fire has died out of the world; again and again has it been rekindled by God's chosen sons. Piety is the foundation of virtue and morality. To engage us more effectually to the performance of this part of our duty, let us consider the general obligations we lie under, as rational creatures, to serve the Lord with fervency of spirit, and then the particular obligations that arise from Christianity. Therefore the Christian should be full of joyousness. That this fervour must be always under the direction of Christian prudence, that it may not break out into indecent heats, and carry us beyond the limits of our office or station in the society to which we belong.II. It is a beam from the Father of lights, pure and benign, which at once enlightens and warms the mind.2. It is a sad proof of our want of zeal that London is still so grossly ignorant of this. Milligan.)EnthusiasmArchdn. (1) In the first place, as the Almighty is the Creator of the world, and the Father of the human race, He is likewise their Preserver, and the Author of order and harmony in the universe. By having modest thoughts of ourselves (Proverbs 26:12).2. It is to Count Zinzendorf and the that we owe the revival of missionary zeal. - C.H.I. )Serving the LordServing the LordBp. The responsibilities of wealth are discharged by serving the Lord.(J. At the same time, we must not neglect the spiritual because of the pressing demands of the temporal. Its obligation is indispensable; its beauty is supreme, and its utility is universal. The ignorance, poverty, misery, iniquity of London reek before God, and yet we gather in a little quiet place by ourselves, and we use the rosewater of self-complacency, and think that everything goes well.(C. Such are the difficulties that attend religion; and do not these make zeal or fervour necessary.4. 1. As the spirit of prayer mounts up, there is true spiritual elevation; and as it is restrained and falls low, there is a depression of the spiritual principle within us. What hast thou to do with likings and dislikings? The substitution of decorum for emotion, of polish for deep feeling, of taste for conscience — in other words, the worship of culture — there can be nothing wider from the true spirit of the gospel than that. G. Salter.Among the wonders which science has achieved, it has succeeded in bringing things which are invisible and impalpable to our senses within the reach of our most accurate observations. Israel would for ever have made bricks in Egypt if the Lord had not brought them forth with an outstretched arm. They were created holy and perfect with a disposition which loved God and desired to live for his pleasure. But as there are several counterfeits of this gracious temper, I shall endeavour to exhibit the properties of true Christian fervour.1. That which cometh from the crab will still be sour, plant the tree where you will. }u��M���[email protected]:��H�00g Servants must like that which their masters bid them.II. )Sanctified toilJ. Beveridge.I. IT IS ENJOINED BY GOD'S POSITIVE COMMAND. Do not go an inch beyond it. (3) God's servants are always such as are born in His house as well as bought with His money. This affection may often be seen strongly in those who are strangers to true religion.II. If the tongue speak not, yet if the life speak thou shalt have done God no small homage. Yes, and latent feeling is often the deepest and the best; and there are ether expressions of it besides those of the tongue. It plunged Roger Bacon into torture and imprisonment; it made Columbus face the terrors of unknown seas; it caused years of persecution to Galileo, to Kepler, to Newton, to the early geologists, to Charles Darwin. What was the distinguishing characteristic of Abraham, of Elijah, of Samuel, of Daniel, and of the others? Do you love your fellow-men as yourself, or do you only say that you do in routine? That as the service of God is the proper object of true Christian fervour, this renders it necessary that we be thoroughly acquainted with the laws of God, that we may know what particular services He requires of us, and will accept at our hands.2. Subjecting ourselves to His will and laws (Psalm 2:11, 12).3. The others took part also. By having modest thoughts of ourselves (Proverbs 26:12).2. As our fervour should be employed in the service of God, or in those duties that God hath plainly commanded, so it ought likewise to aim for His glory, otherwise it is unhallowed passion, which debaseth everything that proceeds from it. We must serve God in His strength. Fervent in spirit. Only the redeemed ones are reckoned by the Lord as servants in His household. By accounting all others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3; Isaiah 65:5).III. What supported them was the fervency of spirit which prefers labour to sloth, and love to selfishness, and truth to falsehood, and God to gold.III. ALL THE CONCEPTIONS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE THAT ESTEEM STRONG FEELING TO BE VULGAR ARE UNCHRISTIAN AND UNPHILOSOPHICAL; they are utterly unallied to the whole nature of grace, or to the disclosure of God's feeling in the human soul; and yet there are a great many who have such a conception. Due.2. Then thou hast a special command to love them (Matthew 5:44, 46).(Bp. Continually (Luke 1:75).III. Reverently (Hebrews 12:28, 29; Psalm 2:11).2. What supported them was the fervency of spirit which prefers labour to sloth, and love to selfishness, and truth to falsehood, and God to gold.III. ALL THE CONCEPTIONS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE THAT ESTEEM STRONG FEELING TO BE VULGAR ARE UNCHRISTIAN AND UNPHILOSOPHICAL; they are utterly unallied to the whole nature of grace, or to the disclosure of God's feeling in the human soul; and yet there are a great many who have such a conception. While many nations are sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, on us hath the Sun of Righteousness arisen in full glory. What thanks, what services, shall we not then render to our Supreme Benefactor, who has translated us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His Son!(J. In the first centuries every Christian looked on it as a part of his life to be God's missionary, and for centuries the Church produced men like and Columban. Offenders against peace would do little harm if they did not find others only too ready to take offence. Though true fervour begins at home, yet it is not always confined there. Self-consecration.2. Reverently (Hebrews 12:28, 29; Psalm 2:11).2. It is also more sensitive, because of its greater intensity, being painfully alive to things which outside that sacred circle would hardly be considered worthy of notice. That as the service of God is the proper object of true Christian fervour, this renders it necessary that we be thoroughly acquainted with the laws of God, that we may know what particular services He requires of us, and will accept at our hands.2. A man should be the same under all circumstances; and that which is true, honest, fair in the household, is true, honest, fair in the store and in the state. As the spirit of prayer mounts up, there is true spiritual elevation; and as it is restrained and falls low, there is a depression of the spiritual principle within us. Whatsoever is not done fervently is no good work (Ecclesiastes 9:10).Conclusion:1. Think what Italy was fast becoming when Savonarola thundered against her corruption and apostacy. THE PRESENT NEED OF THIS SERVICE. EARNESTNESS OF SPIRIT. That as the service of God is the proper object of true Christian fervour, this renders it necessary that we be thoroughly acquainted with the laws of God, that we may know what particular services He requires of us, and will accept at our hands.2. Now it is not every man who is fit to be a servant of God. In this verse this harmony is noteworthy. Thank God, therefore, if Parliament takes hold of you and says, "You shall rest to-day."