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Excerpt from Sermons of Rev. C. H. Spurgeon of London, Vol. 15
Will you kindly notice from the connection Of my text what state Solyma was in when these calls came to her? She was in her glory and beauty. In admiration the question is asked, Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and tero rible as an army with banners A church or an indi vidual Christian in a low state Of grace may escape Observation. Who cares about a dead church? \vho fights with a lukewarm people? But if Jesus Christ be in the church, or in the heart, he will soon be seen. The evangelist tells us, he could not be hid. You may slip down the street in the night without a candle, and like a thief you may pass by unobserved, but if the Lord has lighted your candle, and you bear it with you, the watchmen will notice you, the dogs will bark at you, and others will spy you out. As fire reveals itself, so also will grace. A bundle of lavenderproclaims its own whereabouts by its fragrance, and so does the life Of God inithe esonl. You may be sure that if the Lord Of Hosts 1s with you, and in you, you will assuredly arouse the animosity of some, and the admiration Of others. I pray that you and I may be in a bright, clear, forcible condi tion, as the bride was in this part of the Canticle; then shall we be sought after, and enquired about.
It appears that the church in her beauty had gone down to attend to her work. I went down into the garden Of' nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to seewhether the vine ourished, and the pomegranates bud ded. She did not sit down in the house to admire her self, nor go into the street to show herself: she went down into her Lord's garden to attend to her proper work, and then it was that they cried, Return, return. Neither the world nor Christ himself will call much after us if we go forth to make displays Of our own excellences. Come, see my zeal for the Lord of Hosts, is a wretched piece of self-consciousness, which disgusts more than it attracts. A diligent life is an attractive life. DO thou, like an ant, work in thy season, carrying thy due burden Upon the ant-hill, and if thou doest this for love Of Jesus, thou doest nobly. Plod on without courting approba tion, and rest content to do thine utmost for the common weal. Ln fellowship with thy Lord humbly do thy day's work in thy day. Seek not great things for thyself. Ask notto rule in 'the court, but be willing to work in the field; seek not to recline on the couch, but take thy pruning-knife, and go forth among the vines, to fulfil thine office, and in that self-forgetting service thy beauty shall be manifested, and voices shall salute the'e, ocrying, Return, return.
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