CHRISTIA WATCHFULESS.BY ALEXADER PEROSE FORBES, D.C.L.,S. Mark xiii. 37." And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch."Very solemn are the warnings addressed toHis people by Him who knew all things, — verycontinuous is the claim upon our attention bythe Wisdom of God. While the world tries tostun us by its noise, and pleasure closes our earsto any whispers but its own, and the wickedspirits are ever busy to catch and draw awayour attention from the real objects of our so-licitude, the calm voice of Wisdom crying inthe streets, (once actually in the flesh heard inthe thoroughfares of Jerusalem, and now re-echoed throughout the whole earth by theChurch of God,) is heard above the din andhum of men, sharp and clear, exciting us towatchfulness and prayer.202 Christian Watchfulness.And what is watchfulness? It is walkingcircumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. It isbeing sober and vigilant, as S. Peter says. Itis taking care and heed to ourselves in all ouractions, considering the very great importanceof all we do here, because of its effect upon thatwhich is to come. Oh, dear brethren, if youwould but think how very important the mosttrivial action of the day becomes when viewedas to its effect upon the eternal destination of your souls, I am sure you would come to seehow merciful was the intimation of our DivineLord, when He commanded you to watch — and more than that — you would also see whaturgent necessity, what constraining induce-ments are laid upon you, to observe what Hehas thus graciously commanded.