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you, that you would be in public.' This will much honour God, when the conscience of his eye being on you, is as forcible to restrain you from evil
, as the eyes of the world would be; as was the case with Joseph, Gen. xxxix. 9. when he said to his lewd mistress, How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? O what do the practisers of secret mischief think of God! They can do a mischief unseen, and then cover it with a lye. But alas! is there not a God in heaven, that sees himself dishonoured by such practices ? See Prov. xxvi. 26. Open shame, or else a secret stroke, will be the consequence, fob xx. 26.
5thly, Shew yourselves on God's side, in the midst of the dishonours done to him in the world. For
ye must either join issue with the dishonourers of his name, or else testify against them : hence fays our Saviour, Matth. xii. 30. He that is not with me, is against me: and be that gather.eth not with me, scattereth abroad. If you have no heart nor brow to appear for God, while ye see him dishonoured, remember what God accounts of that, and how he will treat it : Mark viii. ult. Whofoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father, with the holy angels. Beware of being partakers with other mens fins; but fet yourselves to be a check upon sin in 'others, and witnesses against it, else ye honour not God.
6thly, Commend the way of God and religion to others, and encourage good motions where ye can perceive them. Grace is communicative for the honour of God; and every gracious person is
disposed to propagate religion. Hence said the Lord of Abraham, 'Gen. xviii. 19. I know him, that he will command his children, and his household after him, and they all keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment, &c. The wearing out of that so much now, from what it was in former years, is one of the black symptoms of the decay of religion at this day.
7thly, Learn to bear troubles in the world with a Christian patience, meekness, resignation, and holy chearfulness. This doth exceedingly tend to the honour of God; as you see exemplified in the worthies mentioned Heb. xi. There is a despising of the chastening of the Lord, wherein the proud and foolith scorn to be lowered by the rebukes of Providence, wherein the Atheism of the heart, and contempt of God appears. There is a fainting under the rebukes of Providence, wherein unbelief appears. Both are dishonourable to God, and to be guarded against, Heb. xii. 5. The middle course is to God's honour.
Lastly, Walk with God in a conscientious performance of the duties of your station. Hence is that exhortation of the Apostle's, 1 Cor. vii. 24. Brethren, let every man wherein he is called, there in abide with God. That is the sphere wherein ye are set to honour God : and God is much ho. noured that way. It is exemplified in the case of the priests, Mal. ii. 6. in that of wives, i Pet. iii.
5. and in that of servants, Tit. ii. 10. No man can live to the honour of God, who does not carefully notice, and diligently pursue the duties of his Itation, to the honour of God.
I shall give you a few motives to live to the ho. nour of God.
Mot. 1. God is the author of thy life. The life and being thou hast, thou hast from God: Rom. xi. ult. For of him, and through him, and to bim are all things: 10 whom be.glory for ever. Amen. Therefore remember now. thy Creator in the days of thy youth, Eccl. xii. 1.
And since he is your first cause, is it not reasonable that he be your chief end? The life which you had from him, will ye not improve for him?
Mot. 2. God is the preserver of thy life. Hence says David, Psal. xxxvi. 6. O Lord, thou preferveft man and beast. For every moment's life thou haft had, thou art his debtor. Thy life is continually in his hand, to prolong it, or take it away, as seems good in his fight. If he should bul withdraw his upholding hand, thy life would presently go. Every moment there must be a new outletting of influence from him for preservation of thy fifc. How unacountable must it be then not to live to his honour? This was a grievous charge against Belshazzar, Dan. v. 23. -The God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, haft thou not glorified. ., Mot. 3. God is the giver of all thou hast whereby thou mayft honour him. Haft thou a tongue whereby thou art capable to speak for God, and hands to act for him? he gave them to thee. Haft thou any health, strength, wealth, and reputation, whereby thou art in capacity to honour him? all is from him ; and shall not his own be used for him? Hence faith David, 1 Chron. xxix. 14.
-All things come of thee, and of thine. own have we given thee. Is it not facrilegious to do otherwise?
Mot. 4. God puts opportunities in thine hand for honouring of him. As he has given thee means
whereby thou mayst honour him, so his providence lays to thy hand opportunities calling thee to use them, Luke xix. 13. Every opportunity is a providential call, to lay out what the Lord has put in thy hand for his service. And it will be found dangerous to hide one's talents in the earth, and not lay them out for God.
Mot. 5. There are some who are deprived of those abilities or occasions ye have to honour God. So the whole Pagan world is deprived of gospel- ! light, which we all have; the sick of those which the healthy have. The not improving of them then will aggravate your condemnation, Matth. xi. 21. It is fad to be cumberers of the ground in God's vineyard, taking up room in it uselessly, which others might improve to good advantage.
Mot. 6. Ye bave forfeited by sin all your abilities, opportunities, and your very life. God might juftly have taken them all from us, and made us as incapable to speak or act for his honour, as we have been unwilling to it. But his patience has suffered us long, and he has done us good though unthankful and evil, if peradventure these might lead us to repentance.
Shall not this engage us to live to his honour? Mot.
This was the design of the redemption purchased by Christ, Tit. ii. 14. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all ini. quity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Man was made at first for the honour of God : fin entering'rendered him unfit for that his great work. Therefore Christ died that they might be again brought to live to God's honour, Eph. v. 25. 26. 27. If then ye are not so living, it is an evidence Christ's redemption
is not applied to you as yet : and if ye continue so, it will evidence that ye are none of the redeemed ones.
Mot. 8. It is the design of the sanctification of the Spirit. Hence says the Apostle, i Pet. ii. 9. Te are a chofen generation, a royal priefthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people ; that ye should Mew forth the praises of him who hath called
you out of darkness into his marvellous light. When God puts his Spirit into a man, it is that he may walk in his way, Ezek. xxxvi. 27. So that if
So that if ye live not to the honour of God, it is an evidence that ye have not the Spirit, but are dead while ye
live. Mot. 9. lastly, It is a loft life that is not lived to the honour of God, loft in death, eternal death. Hence says our Lord; Matth. xvi. 25. 26. Whofoever will save his life, shall lose it, and whoroever will lose his life for my fake, shall find it. For what is a nan profited, if he mall gain the whole world, and lofe his own foul or what shall a man give in exchange for his foul? Consider, this life is thort, it is soon away, it is uncertain, none knows how foon : but such as it is, eternity depends on it : Eccl. ix. 10.---For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goeft. If ye live not to the honour of God here, never expect to live with him hereafter in heaven. Remember the end of the slothful servant, Matth. xxv. 30. .Caft" ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness : there Mall be weeping, and gnashing of teeth. For your help to live to the honour of God, take these following directions.
1. Allow yourselves the justice once seriously to consider, now that ye are living, and must die,