« PreviousContinue »
defection from gracious courses. Such bukewarm professors are usually remiß, and sight and indifferent in Religion ; and though they run poc into Juch'exorbitant courses, as the openly prophane do; yet usually they love not strictnes, nor che power of Godlinese, thinking it more ado than needs. And by frequent, familiar converse with such, thou wile be in danger to content chy self with a little goodnesse, and seem fome body in thy own cies, having no better patterns before thee (as be that hash but half an eie, is a King among them that are blind.) Whereas among wife, hely, piritual, improv'd Christians, thou wile still have matter of imitation and provocation to aspire to a greater perfection in goodnesse. He that walks with the wise, shall be wiser (faith Solomon) but a companion of fools shall be destroyed, Prov.13.2 0.
VI. Consider, our company will be part of our happinesse in Heaven, Communion of Saints here, is the lower Heaven of Saints. O what comfort, whac benefit, may we reap from goed society? How many thousands have cause for ever to blesse God, that ever they liv'd neer, or came acquainted with forme persons serionfly Godly? From such company a Christian comes away revived, quickned, encouraged to walk in the waves of Holinesse. He finds a good relish on his Spiric; and his heart drawn Heaven-ward : He finds himself provoked to presse forward towards the mark of his high calling: Buc from wicked com
pany, 'cis ten to one, buc either a man brings a-
4.4. -They think it strange, that you run not with them, to the same excesje of rist, peak
ing evil of you. i Cor.15.33. Be not deceived, evil communica
tions corrupt good manners. Prov.12,26. The righteous is more excellent than
his neighbour ; but the way of the wicked sedu
ceth them. Ifa.3.10. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be
well with him ; for they shall eat the fruit of V.11. Wo unto the wicked, it shall be ill with bim; for the reward of his hands shall be given
hins. Mal. 3.18. Then shall ge return, and discern be.
tween the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him
Prov.19.29. Fudgments are prepared for scorn. ers, and stripes
for the back of fools. Isa. 28. 22. Now therefore be not mockers, left
your bands be made frong Mat.18.6. But whoso hall offend one of tbefe little
ones that believe in me, it were better for bim that 4 Mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the
Sea. Prov. 2 3. 20. Be not amongst wine-bibbers, A
mongst riotous eaters of Alej. V.21. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsinefe shall cloath a
man with rags. 1 Cor.5.9. I wrote unto you in an Epistle not to
company with forsicator's. V.10. Yet not altogether with the fornicatours of
this world, or with the covetous, or, extortioners, or with Idolaters; for than muft ye needs go out of the world. V.1. But now have I written unto you, not ta
keep company, if any man that is called a brother, be a fornicatour, or covetous, or an Idolater, of a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with
such a one, no not to eat. ? Thes.3.14. And if any man obey not our Word
by this Epiftle, note that man, and bave ne
company with him, that he may be ashamed. Zeph.1.12. And it shall come to passe at that time,
that I will search Ferusalem with cardles, and punish the men that are setled
on their lees, that juy in their heart, the Lord will not do good, peither will he do evil.
2 Tim.3.5. Having a form of Godlineffe, but de
nying the power thereof, from such turn away. Ifa.3.9. The shew of their countenance doth wit
nesse against them, and they declare their fin as Sodom, they hide it not: Wo unto their soul,
for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Héb. 6. 12. --- Be not Nothful, but followers of
them who through Faith and patience inherit the promises.
All conscientiously in thy particular call
ing, according to these Directions following.
1. Avoid idlenesse and sloth. Remember Adam in innocency had a calling appointed him by God: And after the fall, Gen.3.19. 'cis Gods decree upon man in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread, till thou return unto the ground. No man has a priviledge to live idly and lazily; but ei-.. ther by labour of body, or toil of mind, either by the sweat of his browes, or of his brains, ought to be serviceable and profitable to humane society. Idlenesse exposes a man to many sins and many piso nishments. When the Devil finds men idle, and not employed in Gods service, he entertains chem into his. If thou hast nothing to do, the Devil will be ready to employ thee. David when idle, fell in
to che heinous fin of adultery. A lawful calling is an excellent preservative against a multitude of fins and temptations, 1 Cor.7.20,24. Let every man abide, saies the Apostle, in the same calling, wherein he was called. When God cals us to be Christians, he cals us out of the world as co 047 affections, but not out of the world as to our employment. An idle professor is a scandalous profeßor, and walks inordinately.
II. Be diligent in thy calling, for-Conscience Sake. Many take pains exongh, but not out of "Conscience to Gods Command, nor with an eye to his Glory. Whatever ge do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, saies the Apostle, col.3.23. Thou must be diligent in thy calling on a religious account, performing the duties thereof in obedience to God, studying both for matter and manner to approve thy self to him. Think with thy self, this is the calling wherein the Providence of God hath set me. I am but his servant in my own shop, or at my plow. To him I must give an account of my diligence and faithfulnesse
III. Seek and pray earnestly to the Lord for kis blessing on thy lawful labones, and endeavours. ?Tis an irreligious course to engage in any thing, without prayer. Thou must be fervent in prayer, as well as not flothful in busines. All lawful busireffc is fanétified by the Word and
prayer, i Tim. 4.5. When we do that which the Word of God alloweih, and by prayer humbly beg his blej