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Sermon for the Tenth Sunday After Trinity

Sermon for the Tenth Sunday After Trinity

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV DOCTOR JOHN TAULER


(From the Epistle for the day)

Admonishing each man to mark what is the office to
which he is called of God, and teaching us to
practise works of love and virtue, and to refrain
from self-will.

I Cor. xii. 6. — "There are diversities of operations, but it is the same
God which worketh all in all."
BY REV DOCTOR JOHN TAULER


(From the Epistle for the day)

Admonishing each man to mark what is the office to
which he is called of God, and teaching us to
practise works of love and virtue, and to refrain
from self-will.

I Cor. xii. 6. — "There are diversities of operations, but it is the same
God which worketh all in all."

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Sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity BY REV DOCTOR JOH TAULER (From the Epistle for the day) Admonishing each man to mark what is the office to which he is called of God, and teaching us to practise works of love and virtue, and to refrain from self-will. I Cor. xii. 6. — "There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all." ST. PAUL tells us in this Epistle that there are different kinds of works, but that they are all wrought by the same Spirit to the profit and well-being of man. For they all proceed from the same God who works all in all. " But the mani- festation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the spirit the word of wisdom, to another faith ; " and so Paul goes on enumerating many gifts ; but repeats that " all these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will." And he says many things for the confirmation of our faith. In old times the Holy Ghost has wrought very great and wondrous deeds through his servants for a 368 TAULER'S SERMOS testimony to the faith, having given us great signs by the raising up such a succession of prophets, and by the blood of His saints, and thus suffering unto death. For this kind of testimonies there is no longer any need. Yet, know that of true, hving,
 
active faith, there is, alas, as little in some Christian men as in Heathens or Jews ! ow let us meditate on these words of St. Paul : " There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all." Children, if you look around you, you see that you have bodies, and that these bodies have many members and many senses, and that each member, such as the eye, the mouth, the nose, the hands, the feet, has its own special office and work. o one of these takes upon itself to be another, nor to do anything but what God has ordained unto it. In like manner, we are all one body, and members one of another, and Christ is the head of the body. In this body there is a great diversity of members ; the one is an eye, the other an ear, the third a hand or a foot or a mouth. The eyes of the body of the holy Christian Church are her teachers. This office is none of yours ; but let us common Christians look to see what is our office, to the which our Lord has called and bidden us, and what is the gift of which our Lord has made us the vessels. For every art or work, however unimportant it may seem, is a gift of God, and all these gifts are bestowed by the Holy Spirit for the profit and welfare of man. Let us begin with the lowest. One can spin, another can make shoes, and some have great aptness for all sorts of outward arts, so that they can earn a great deal, while others are altogether without this TAULER'S SERMOS 369 quickness. These are all gifts proceeding from the Spirit of God. If I were not a priest, but were living as a layman, I should take it as a great favour that I knew how to make shoes, and should try to
 
make them better than any one else, and would gladly earn my bread by the labour of my hands. Children, the foot or the hand must not desire to be the eye. Each must fulfil the office for which God has fitted him, however weighty it may be, and what another could not easily do. Also our sisters shall each have her own office. Some have sweet voices ; let them sing in the Churches, for this also comes from the Spirit of God. St. Augustine says : " God is a homogeneous, divine, simple substance, and yet the Author of all variety, and is all in all, one in all, and all in one." There is no work so small, no art so mean, but it all comes from God and is a special gift of His. Thus, let each do that which another cannot do so well, and for love, returning gift for gift. Know ye, whoever does not exercise his gift, nor impart it, nor make use of it for the profit of his neighbour, lays up a heavy reckoning against the last day. For, as Christ tells us, a man must give account of his stewardship, or his office. Each shall and must restore that which he has received of God, and is answerable in proportion to his advan- tages over others, and the measure of the ability which God has given him. Whence comes it then, that we have so many com- plaints, each saying that his occupation is a hind- rance to him, while notwithstanding his work is of God, who hindereth no man ? Whence comes this inward reproof and sense of guilt which torment and disquiet you ? Dear children, know that it is not 2 A 370 TAULER'S SERMOS your work which gives you this disquiet. o : it is your want of order in fulfilling your work. If you

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