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which lies before me! Who is sufficient for these things? I would not, therefore, presume to undertake it in my own strength, or depend upon what I can do for the s!iccess of it. , I am as well able to reinove a mountain, and cast it into the sca, as convert a soul by my own means; for it is God that worketh in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure. [. would this dav implore the grace and assistance of thy blessed Spirit, O my God, in the discharge of every duty that has any relation to the sacred office I now undertake! May he who first moved upon the waters, more upon iny soul! May he direct inc in all my preparatory studies! – and since I live in a iniserable, divided, distracted church, — since there are diversities of opinions, every one contrary, contradictory, destructive to each other, I would pray for and search after truth: I would wholly commit myself, o God, to thy guidance! I would endeavour to make enquiry after truth and the right way, as if there was no Spirit to guide; and after I have sufficiently, as I think, enquired, I would depend upon the influence and assistance of thy Spirit, as if I had not made the least search. ( lead ine and guide me in the way thou wouldst have 'mie walk in ! - and whenever I am at a loss, may thy Spirit be as a voice behind me, saying, ' This is the way, walk in it! I would further humbly implore such a degree of health of body (which naturally is weak, and of a languid constitution) such vigour of mind, and such communications of grace and heavenly wisdom, that I may go thro' this work with alacrity and joy, ambitious of being inade an instrument in the hands of my God of doing a great deal of good in my day; and that I may have many, who may at the great day of accounts be my joy and crown of rejoicing; and as I now undertake part of the office of a minister, I resolve, as long as God shall give me ability to proscente.it, to aim at his honour and the good of souls! "Now, Lord, what wait I for? Truly, my hope is in thee! Accept a poor humble prodigal at the footstool of the throne of thy grac', who desires na thing so much as to be made capable of doing good. Would God honour me so far, I should be content. Let others take eorn, wine, and oil, and all earthly good things they possibly can attain, I ain satisfied. { Tlie following extract will shew his feelings in the review of his ministerial exercises :

? August 30, 1725. Yesterday I finished and began another year; and I desire - 110w, with seriousness and solemnity, to set apart a few minutes er look backward and forward. Looking backward, I must -filyn, I have the greatest reason to be in a thankful frame; for whai a stream of mercy has constantly attended me through Die wilderness! Wherefore is it that such a worm, à poor tuinber-ground, has been so long continued ! Many, stronger

than myself, are cut off before my age; and yet I am mercifully spared, --'many, that might have done much more for God than I have done, or have the prospect of doing! Blessed be that God, in whom are all mý springs, that I have been able to go through my ministerial work with any measure of com. fort, as to my bodily strength; while some, who have bodies stronger than mine, have seemcd to groan under it. O what an engagement should this be to lay out myself to the glory of the God of my life, and strength, and all my enjoyments! And may I not hurnbly hope, it is to some good purpose that I am spared, when it seems, by the natural constitution of my body to be somewhat remarkable; and, that the next year, and all the remainder of iny life, may shew that my hopes are not vain? I will then, through grace, offer the praise of all to the name of my God, and will not sacrifice to my own net. And, surely, looking backward, I have not less cause to be huinble than to be thankful. How many things crowd in upon me, and stare me in the face ! - enough, more than enough to affright me, and throw_ine in the dust berore God; and now having finished another year, I must say, How inany precious years have I (not lived, but) loitered away? : How many in these years have done much for God and souls, and been very ripe for Heaven themselves! But, alas ! how little usefulness can I discover! Upon this account blush, and be ashamed, O my soul! I have been shamefully slothful; I have abused iny Master's talent. What meanest thou, O my sleeping soul, thus to act the sluggard! No wonder thou hast not been more successful, when so lazy! Where has been thy zcal for God and precious souis? Where has been thy travailing in birth to see Christ formed in the souls of those thou hast had to do with? Thou håst neither been fervent with souls in preaching, nor fervent with God in prayer for them, as thou shouldst have been.. O blush, and be confounded before God on this account! Well inayst thou wonder thou wast not long ago among the wicked and slothful servants in Hell! and what if, after thou hast preached to others, thou thyself styouldst be a castaway! What it, thro' carelessness and carnality, thou shouldst perish thyself, and draw upon thee the blood of other souls! O tremble at the thought, and be sensibly apprized of the danger! - and let a fear thereof spur thee on to diligence and activity in thy great work, to approve thyself faithful to God and souls !

This extract, shews the humility which characterized this good minister of Jesus Clirist; but other parts of his Diary express his gratitude to God for that zeal and affection which he had inspired in his soul; and which were exemplified in the pulpit and in his pastoral visits. The writer of this has often heard it remarked by those who were familiar with him at Taunton, That his public labours were equally distin

guished by close thought, luminous arrangement, and pathetic address. Few men have possessed such a talent for iatroducing spiritual subjects into familiar conversation, or of deducing: religious instruction from passing occurrences. A great portion of his usefulness was attributed to the manner in which he conducted his visits to the people of his charge, While he endeavoured to acquire personal information from even the ineanest of his people, through an explanation of their several engagements, he always repaid them by a word in season fitly spoken.

What was the basis of his hope as a sinner, and what were his reflections and anxieties as a minister in his last moments, may be collected from a letter, which he wrote to his congregation a little before his death, and which was read to them soon after his deceasc. It is prefixed to his Meditations on Select Passages of Scripture * The following extract will fully express the state of his mind in that interesting period :

How far you dwell on my heart, He only kuows who searches it; but I trust I may say, Ye are witnesses, and God also, that I have a real and lively concern for you, especially for that prosperity of yours which is most important in itself, and which it is peculiarly my province to promote, that you may, as a church, be a flourishing society, a nursery for Heaven, a name and a praise unto the Lord in the earth; that your respective persons may share in the special favours of the Most High ; that your bodies may be in health, as far as the wis: dom of your heavenly Farher sees consistent with soul-prosperity; that your trade may flourish; that peace may be within your walls; that all those blessings may be bestowed upon you wbich are contained in the presence of God, and are experienced by that gospel-church which shall be called Jehorn Shunimah, because the Lord is there.

Would you know my heart without disguise while in the views of death, judgment, and eternity? I tell you most seriously, that as my preaching among you was extracted from the ever-blessed gospel, and I daubed not with untempered mortar, so I now stand to the doctrines I so often delivered, and make them the basis of my bope and humble confidence in a faintiag, dying season. The more near, the more distinct and awful views I take of the future scene, the more suitable I see those doctrines which are peculiar to the gospel, to be to the nature oi God, the wants of my soul, and necessary to evrey falien creature.'

His advice to the church at Taunton, respecting their choice of a minister to succeed him, claims the attention of all bereaved congregations; and with this we must conclude.

* Mr. Pearsall was also the author of two volumes of very pious and pleasing Meditations, ou the Ocean, Harvest, &c. a good dealin ibe manner. of Mr. Hervey.

I am soon to be gathered to my fathers. When this event shall take place, there are two things which I would now, as on my bended knees, entrcat you to be especially mindful of. Walk in love, and steadily adhere to one another, as members of the same body. Take care, upon such an occasion, that nothing be done through strife or vainglory: be huinble and condescending inutually. Sacrifice every little thing to your settlement in a future minister, as much as may be every way proper. Let soundness in the faith, and true holiness, be the first things you look at; - ernbellishments, as far as is consistenit, are worthy your regard. That it may be so, be much in prayer; and let social prayer, as a church, be made use of. Be not so in a hurry as to preclude proper consultation among yourselves, and with those you know .are Christian friends, are. established in the truth, and persons of judicious and distinguishing abilities. Be not so slow as to give room for faction or parties to rise up. If you thus walk in love, you may humbly hope that the God of love, of grace, and peace will be with you.

THE ACCUSATION OF :
The Bible against 3. Meglectful,

MADE BEFORE JUDGE CON SCIENCE:
Begging his Interference, in endeavouring to rescue him .

from a degraded and dangerous Situation. My Lord, . . .

The person of whom I complain, became acquainted with me many years ago. His attachment to me at that time, and for several years afterwards, was exceedingly strong; he loved me as he loved his own soul, and often declared his willingness to suffer martyrdom in my defence. I was then his most intimate companion ; seldom did he travel, but he took me along with him. When riding, or walking, he often consulted me upon the most important and interesting concerns; and I always gave him infallible direction; nor was he ever disappointed when he faithfully attended to my advice. We were almost constantly together, and the strictest friendship subsisted between us; even David and Jonathan were not more sincere in their attachment to each other. I was his beloved companion in the field, in the garden, in the chapel, and in' the closet; indeed, in alniost every place, I was suffered to accompany him; nor would he at any time hear me traduced by an enemy, without, in the true spirit of a friend, vindicating my reputation. He has often been so greatly affected with the seasonable advice I have given him, and with the ' excecding great and precious promises 'which I have made to him, that he has bedewed some of my pages with his tzars of joy;

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and then he would place me in the sun, or by the fire, to dry me, lest I should sustain the smallest injury. He well knows that I have never given him the least occasio! io neglect me; I have never at any time, in the least degree, slighted him; but have always been his steady friend. He nerer consulted me in any difficult matter, but I immediately gave bin the best advice. He never applied to me for assistance, but i' cheerfully assisted him. Often have I given him milk, meut, honey, and whatever he needed to comfort, to encourage, and to strengthen him. · After what I have stated to your Lordship, it will evidently appcar that I do not complain without cause, when I inform you, that, for some time past he has treated me with the greatest disrespect. He has passed by me as though I had been a total stranger to him, and has avoided me as if I had been his avowed enemy. Instead of taking me along with him from place to place, as once he did, I am always left at home. Instead of consulting me in his difficulties as heretofore, he listens to the adviee of an impostor. Instead of making me his companion at breakfast, he has formed an acquaintance with one whose name is Newspaper, who often ridicules and laughs, both at me and my best friends. Indeed, he seems much better pleased with almost any company than with mine: especially if they are witty, and abound with trifling anecdote. Shakespear, Rambler, Tatler, and oibers of their fraternity, are his bosom friends. My case is truly pitiable; I am almost buried in dust, and am become they prey of an enemy, whose name is Moth. If I am not speedily rescued from my perilous situation, I shall be totally consumed. I hope, my Lord, you will lay the maiter before our King, and that you will exert all your influence in endeavouring to restore mutual iriendship between us. You well know that I have given no occasion for this neglect of me; and you know too, that Neglectful was ninch happier when I was his companion than he now is, or can possibly be, till our acquaintance be renewed.

Mr. Editor, – It is said that the Closer intends to bring a serious charge against NEGLECTFUL. If this should be done, you shail have a copy of it sent the first opportunity.

yours, &c.

ZAIR.

ON EVIL-SPEAKING.

Speak evil of no man. The sad propensity to propagate scandal, and to spread evil reports derogatory to the characters of many upright men, is an evil not confined to the world that lieth in wickedness. The old leaven worketh much in this way, even amongst those who think they have a claim to the holy appel

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