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.