SERVATS AD MASTERS. GEORGE PAXTO YOUG, A.M,
" Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ : not ¦with eye-service, as men-pleasers ; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the.heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men : knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same fehall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening : know- ing that your Master also is in heaven ; neither is there respect of per- sons with him." — Eph. vi. 5-9.
I TRUST that I need not caution you against supposing that the duties which we owe to our fellow-men constitute "all righteousness." Far from it. There is a large class of obligations, the most important of all, under which we lie immediately to our Creator. The notion, so prevalent in the world, that the fulfilment of common social obligations, is every thing that is necessary to entitle one to the charac- ter of a good man, is most erroneous. Reason itself teaches that our characters are vitally defective, if, besides con- ducting ourselves aright in our transactions with our fel- low-men, we are not habitually inspired with love and thankfulness, with holy fear and devout submission, to the Being who made and upholds us, whose we are and whom we are bound to serve. "Thou shalt love the SERVATS AD MASTERS. 231 Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind ; this is the first and great command- ment;'' and, " Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself/' is but " the second." In fact, the ordinary duties of life are then only performed as they ought to be, when they are done under a sense of responsibility to God: "As ever in the