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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN



TO GOD — TO ONE^S FAMILY — TO ONE's FELLOW-CHRIS-
TIANS TO THE WORLDLY TO THE HEATHEN — TO

ONESELF.
BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN



TO GOD — TO ONE^S FAMILY — TO ONE's FELLOW-CHRIS-
TIANS TO THE WORLDLY TO THE HEATHEN — TO

ONESELF.

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DUTIES. BY REV. ASHTO OXEDETO GOD — TO OE^S FAMILY — TO OE's FELLOW-CHRIS- TIAS TO THE WORLDLY TO THE HEATHE — TO OESELF. As a servant of Christ, you have not only dangers to avoid, and means of grace to help you on your way, and cautions to make you watchful, and promises to encourage you, but you have also Duties to discharge. 1. Our duty to Grod stands first and fore- most. ow, one great difference between a worldly man and a Christian is this : — the one considers that God has a claim, but not the chief claim upon him ; the other feels that his duty to God stands out as the one main object^ to which all else must give way. 220 DUTY TO GOD. 221 And what is the duty which, as Christians, we owe to God ? First. — We should love Sim above all things. Even our nearest friends should not be dear to us, in comparison with Him. Thus David said, " Whom have I in heaven but thee ? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee." Psalm Ixxiii. 25.
 
othing short of God Himself will satisfy the soul which has felt the emptiness of all earthly joys, and at last has found rest in Christ. I say, nothing short of Crod Himself. The Christian's enjoyment of God may not be always the same. Sometimes it may be greater, and sometimes less. Sometimes his heart may be warmer towards God than at other times. But as the needle of the compass, when moved, ever turns to one particular point, and there fixes itself, so is God the one great object of attraction to the believer. There he finds a resting-place, and there alone does he love to dwell. The best of earthly things he cannot enjoy apart from God. He only enjoys them, as he enjoys God in them. Even spiritual gifts alone will not satisfy him;, he wants the Giver, as well as the gifts. He desires Christ's presence, as well as his ordi- 19* 222 DUTIES. , nances. He knows that the Fountain Is fuller than the stream, and the Sun itself more glo- rious than its rays. This is a heavenly feeling indeed ; and only grace can produce it within us. God himself must plant this love in the barren soil of our hearts. He must "shed it abroad" there "by the Holy Ghost." Rom. v. 5. How is it that we see some Christians work- ing so hard for Christ, and serving Him so faithfully and so happily ? Their zeal never appears to flag; the fire within them never seems to cool. Let the watch you wear about
 
you serve to answer the question. How is it that the hands are ever moving, and the little wheels always doing their work? What puts it all in motion? Look closely, and you will discover a strong, but almost unseen, spring that sets all a-going. Take away that main- spring, and the watch is useless. And there is something, too, within the Christian, which secretly moves his heart, his affections, and his desires. Love is the Christian's mainspring. "We love Him, because He first loved us;" "The love of Christ constraineth us." Ask God, then, to endue you with this holy principle of love. Pray that you may love DUTY TO GOD. 223 Him, not sometimes, but always ; not a little, but with the whole heart. Let your love be firm and constant — not coming and returning, like the tide ; but flowing on, like a river, with a full and even course. Secondly. — We should live to God. Our love, if it is true love, will be sure to produce obedience, and devotedness, and submission to God's will. We should feel that our little short life may well be spent in His service, and to His glory. "Ye are not your own," says the inspired Apostle ; '* for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor. vi. 19, 20.) We are not sent into this world, as many seem to think, merely to eat and drink, and get our living, and pass our time as may be most pleasing to ourselves. We are sent here for a great work — to obtain salvation

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