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The Followers of Christ.

The Followers of Christ.

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Luke ix. b7
" Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest."

Luke ix. b7
" Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest."

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 16, 2013
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THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST.BY GEORGE CRABBELuke ix. b7" Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest."From the fifty-seventh verse to the conclusion of this chapter we have some strong and remarkablepassages, upon which, if we duly and seriouslythink, it would much conduce to our spiritualwisdom and improvement. The person who saidthese words, " Lord, I will follow thee whitherso-ever thou goest,'' had seen the wonders of ourRedeemer's healing hand, and heard the wisdomof his heavenly speech ; he was doubtless con-vinced of his truth, and made sensible of his good-ness, his greatness, and his mercy. But what saidour Lord ? Would he not invite and encourage anew disciple ? Would he not praise and acceptsuch zeal and such readiness, and say, well done,good and faithful servant ? o ; there was yet12 SERMO II.no service, it was profession only ; and the Sa-viour informed him what (if he indeed became adisciple) he was to expect — " the foxes have holes,and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." On anotheroccasion, he had said that the disciple was to be ashis Lord, and therefore the new convert was toexpect no sublunary honour, no worldly comforts,no earthly benefits ; the kingdom of the Masterand the reward of the servant were not to befound in the present world ; on the contrary, theMaster was to meet with persecution and shame,
and the servant, or disciple, was to look for disap-pointment and reproach. Let no man be deceivedby his religion ; the pious will have many privi-leges and much happiness, but there is no promiseof these arising from the things of this world ; onthe contrary, they are quite independent of them,and have their source in God, who bestows on hisbelieving people joy and peace. The Christianhas always something to give up, much to striveagainst, and to call up his fears and his repentance.What a miserable creature, therefore, must be hewho professes to be religious, and yet has no realinward true piety ; for such persons have all theoutward evils which in this world follow and ap-pertain to a holy and religious life, and have noneof the inward, the spiritual consolations whichthey who are faithful always enjoy — the clear con-THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST. 13science, the lively hopes, and the heart that is de-voted to God and resigned to his will.Our blessed Lord deceived no man ; he did notdescribe the kingdom of God as easy to be inherited,nor the narrow way as delightful to be passed ;but he invited those who heard him, by greatermotives, and more glorious prospects : so did St.Paul ; he did not hold out prospects of what wecall pleasure in this life, but present inward satis-faction and content, and indescribable blessings inthe life that is to come ; in fact, the Christian iscalled to a race, a pilgrimage, a warfare ; he muststrive, he must contend, and he must persevere.The profession which this person made was gene-rous and large, " Lord, I will follow thee whither-soever thou goest," and yet we all profess thesame — ^we all vow to follow the precepts and
duties of religion whithersoever they lead, andsurely we should do well to consider soberly andsolemnly whether we are led by them. It is nodifficult matter to profess rehgion — it is no verydifficult matter to desire and wish to be religious,nor is it any extraordinary difficulty to see andown its value and importance ; but truly and in-deed to live a rehgious hfe, and without turningaside to follow our Master, as it asks the greatestexertion, so it has the highest reward. When ourSaviour said to another man, " Follow me," he re-plied, " Suffer me first to go and bury my father."14 SEKMO II.When to another, " Follow thou me," he wantedfirst to take leave of them of his household. It isthe case with most men ; they may have no parentto attend to his grave, they may have no leave totake of an household, but some with one excuse,some with another, put off the entire following of their Lord, the first great and solemn duty, thatwhich they know to be required of them, andwhich we all confess to be requisite above allthings, till either they cease to be moved by the call,or get into habits of putting it away from them tillthey find no leisure to entertain it, forgetting whatour Lord himself practised, " I must work while it isday, the night cometh when no man can work."Here are then two kinds of persons de-scribed by the evangelist, the one who professesto be ready for all their duties, " Lord, I willfollow thee whithersoever thou goest," and theothers called, but not ready — invited, but willingto be excused for the present ; for though we maydiffer in what we prefer to our duty, yet if weprefer anything, we are disobedient to the call.

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