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On Interruptions in Our Work

On Interruptions in Our Work

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BY EDWARD MEYRICK GOULBURN, D.D.,

" We are created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God
hath before ordained that we should walk in them.'''' — Eph.
ii. 10.
BY EDWARD MEYRICK GOULBURN, D.D.,

" We are created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God
hath before ordained that we should walk in them.'''' — Eph.
ii. 10.

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ON INTERRUPTIONS IN OUR WORK BY EDWARD MEYRICK GOULBURN, D.D.," We are created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.'''' — Eph. ii. 10. We have spoken in the two foregoing Chapters of the work which God has allotted to us, and of the spirit which must be thrown into it, if we would convert it into a sacrifice. He who- tries to infuse this spirit into his daily work will do it earnestly. He will throw all his powers of heart and soul into it ; and whereas before much of his duty has been done mechanically, his nobler faculties will now be called into exercise in the doing of ni.] and the way to deal with them. 189 it. It will all be done thoughtfully and seriously, and mixed with prayer, the highest effort of which the mind is capable.
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And the very earnestness with which the work is now done may bring with it a snare. When the mind is intently bent upon one action, and that action is felt to be a serious one, it is greatly embarrassed and annoy-ed by interruptions. Other things making a claim upon the attention, distract and harass us. Of course it is not so with the man who hangs about upon life with no serious pursuit. Interruptions are to him a pleasing variety ; nor can he at all appreciate the trial of which we speak. But in proportion to the seriousness with which the Christian does his work will be, if I may so say, his sensitiveness to interruptions. And as this sensitiveness is very apt to disturb his peace, (and in doing so to retard his progress,) we will in this Chapter show the manner in which interruptions should be met, and the spirit with which they should be encountered. The great remedy, then, for the sensitiveness to which I have alluded, is a closer study of the mind that was in Christ, as that mind transpires in His recorded conduct. The point in the life of our Lord to which I wish to call attention, is the apparent want of what may be called method or plan in His life, — I mean method or plan of His own devising, — the fact that His
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good works were not in pursuance of some scheme laid down by Himself, but such as entered into God's scheme for Him, such as the Father had prepared for Him to M'alk in. I. And, first, notice His discourses, both in their occasions, and in their contexture. (1) They most often take their rise from some object which is thrown across His path in nature, from some 190 Of Interrujptions in our Work, [part occurrence which takes place under His eyes, or from some question which is put to Him. For the wonderful discourse in John vi. upon the Living Bread, we are entirely indebted to the circumstance that after the miracle of the loaves the carnal multitude sought Him, in anxiety to have their natural wants once again satis-fied by miracle. It was not that Jesus had previously  prepared for them such a discourse ; but this Avas the discourse which their conduct drew from Him. — He
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