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your doom for ever fixed. What mean you then by delaying to flee from the wrath to come? “Awake thou that fleepest, and arise from the dead.” Do you say, "We will repent to-morrow?' This night your foul may be required of you.

u Behold now is the accepted time : behold, now is the day of salvation.” While it is called to-day, harden not your heart. Lie not down on your bed this night, till you

have begged of God to enable you to renounce the service of sin, and to yield yourselves servants to righteousness. So “ shall you have your fruit here unto holiness, and in the end everlasting life.”

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MATTHEW, vi. No man can serve two masters : for either he will

hate the one, and love the other; or else he willi

hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot · serve God and Mammon.

TH "HERE are few persons who could be

brought plainly to fay, even in their own hearts, We will not serve God.' Most men would be shocked at avowing such a resolution. But there are numbers who act in the spirit of it; who are resolved to serve the world, and at all events to have a portion on earth. And what is this, but in fact to give up the service of God ? It is true that they do not professedly intend to give it up. They mean to secure a portion in heaven, as well as a portion on earth. But in attempting this they are attempting an impossibility.

66 No man

Our Saviour in the text strongly condemns the folly of such an attempt. can serve two masters : for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. - Ye cannot ferve God and Mammon." In discoursing on these words let us consider,

I. The Meaning and Truth of the Maxim here laid down. II. Our Lord's Application of it.

1. The Maxim is this, “No man can ferve two masters; for either he will hate. the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.” Now the meaning and truth of this maxim

may

be clearly seen from a very little confideration. Every one understands what is meant by ferving a master. It is spending our time, and our talents in his service. It is doing his will and his work, furthering his interests, and obeying his orders. What should we say of the man, who should betray the trust which his master puts in him ; who, as foon as his master's back is turned, should neglect his business; or who, whenever his own inclination tempt him, should disobey his master's orders, or sacrifice his master's interests to those of some other person? Should we say of such a man, that he served

Kis master? No. The man who serves his master, is one who serves him with faithfulness, with diligence, with singleness of heart, with a mind ready, and willing, and wholly given up to his service. Now for a man thus to serve two masters is utterly impossible. He cannot love them both alike. He cannot be devoted to both of them alike. He must secretly at least prefer the one to the other; and thus, in truth, must belong to the one, and nor to the other.

So long, indeed, as both those, whom he calls his masters, may travel the same road, or give the fame orders, he may appear to serve them both. He may follow both; he may obey both; and so may deem himself the fervant of both. But when they go different ways, or give different orders; when one of them turns to the right hand, and the other to the left; when one of them commands one thing, and the other gives a directly contrary command ; then what will be the cafe? It will then be feen, which of them the man really ferves. It will then be seen to which of them he really belongs. However he may have hitherto hidden his mind from others, or even deceived himself, by calling them both 'master ;' yet he can now hide the matter no longer: he must now follow one of them, and forfake the other; he

'must now obey one of them and disobey the

other; he must now clearly shew to which of them, either from interest or from affection, he is bound, and whose service of the two he really prefers.--The Meaning and Truth then of the Maxim in the text are clear. “No man can serve two masters." He may

intend to do it. He may try tu do it. He may for a time seem to do it ; and may even think that he does it. But when something happens which brings the inatter to a trial, then his real mind is dif. covered : then it is decidedly seen, however ignorant he may have hitherto been of his own heart, that in fact he “ hates the one, andi loves the other ; that he holds to the one, and despises the other."

II. We consider our Lord's Application of this Maxim; “ Ye cannot serve God and Mammon,"

Mammon is a word which signifies gain: and it may be understood as meaning honour, riches, pleasure, sensual gratifications, or any thing of a worldly nature, which men account to be gain, and to which they look for happiness. Of this Mammon then our Lord says, “ Ye cannot serve it and God.” He does not say, “ Ye ought not to serve God and Mammon. Your duty, your interest forbid you to ferve them both. But you cannot serve them both. To attempt is

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