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eat but have not enough; ye drink, but are not filled with drink ; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages, earneth wages to put into a bag with holes.” It seriously concerns all to consider their ways, whether they have been labouring for God, and laying up treasure in heaven; or whether they have been labouring for themselves, and are exposed to suffer an everlasting and irreparable loss.

Finally, if any are conscious to themselves, that they have never been labouring for God, let them immediately devote themselves to his service. He has determined to carry into execution his eternal and ultimate end in the creation of the world, and to prepare all things for a rich and plentiful harvest. He has been labouring, his Son has been labouring, his Spirit has been labouring, his angels have been labouring, and multitudes of mankind have been labouring, for several thousand years, to bring millions and millions of rational and immortal creatures to the highest perfection in knowledge, holiness, and liappiness, and yet there remains a vast deal to be donc, in order to bring about this most important and desireable event. And we have reason to think, that God will still employ human, as well as other subordinate agents, in preparing things for his rich harvest at the end of the world. Here then, let me observe, that it will not interrupt any of your lawful business to enter into God's vineyard and labour for him. It will make all your labours more pleasant, more prosperous, and unspeal ably more useful

. It will entitle you to as large a portion of the knowledge, holiness, and happiness of heaven, as you can desire, or possibly enjoy. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for he shall eat the fruit of his doings.” “ And he that soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” But if you continue to neglect to serve God he will bring his harvest to maturity, gather in his wheat, and separate the tares to unquenchable fire. “ And there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Who hath cars to hear let him hear."

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