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richly endowed and poorly endowed, treasury, but to the woman. It hadł side by side ; and then lays his finger in it a heart, a sacrifice, a meaning, on the heart and purse of every man which He could not overlook; and that has, and says, “Give." Let the He made the gift and giver immortal. strong bear burdens for the weak, the Why she gave so much we know not; high descend to the low, and lift them but Jesus did. We know that the up; those who have gifts become giving of her whole living meant want debtors to those who have them not. in her home, a crumb instead of a loaf; “Give,” says God, and his imperative but Jesus saw, I doubt not, that it finds its meaning in the doing. The meant love to God and His service, a need of this world in all its untold sacrifice of the lower wants of life for forms turns and creeps toward wealth the sake of the desires of the soul, a like the house-plant toward the morn- giving which was up to her full ability, ing sun, to seek help; and when it Now, Christ did not insist that others stands before us in the wretchedness should give as she did, except the and helplessness which every day meet young man who was commanded to us, or rises in vision in the idolatry sell all, and give to the poor; but and degradation of millions in heathen wishes us to know that He loved that lands, God says, “Ye are full : your act on her part. It was so beautiful brother is empty." Can't you take and precious, that He made a record the hint?“ Freely ye have received, of it which would never fade away. freely give.” God wishes to enlarge He caught up those two mites which you, develop you into an affluent soul, were falling among the shekels, and and make you feel how divine and put them away in His heart, because blessed it is to give. “To give is to they had a meaning in them. Let us live : to deny is to die.”
seo to it that our giving has a meaning This principle of getting and giving in it, and is commensurate with our was boautifully illustrated by that ability. band in Jorusalem, after the Day of There was Zaccheus, the man of Pentecost, who were of one heart and little stature and great heart, and one soul, eating their bread with joy Jesus loved him. When Jesus wont and singleness of heart. Though it into his house, and the love of Jesus took a transitory form in the selling of into his soul, he felt blessed for ever. houses and lands, and a common But, instead of allowing his good feeltreasury—a form which was not re- ings to evaporate in mere omotion and quired, or ever afterward enforced good resolutions, he talks business at yet the principle implied in the words, once, and proposes to give half his “No man said that which he had was goods to the poor. He measures his his own," is the principle of the Church gift by his receipts that day in grace. in all ages. It stands while it con- He struck a death-blow to the selfishfesses and practises, and falls and goos ness which had arrayed him against to pieces when it denies this. Great God and man, and developed so many grace demanded a great gift; and the evils. Jerusalem church was able, with the You will readily recall the widow exception of one family, to give it and her memorable gift of the alabaster We read of a widow in whose gift box, and those choice sayings, “Freely Christ took a great interest, because it ye have received, freely give;" “ It is amounted to so much, not to the more blessed to give than to receive;'
and that pictorial scene of the Judgment Day, when doing or not doing will be the test of real life and character; and all those incidents, precepts, and commands which are found in God's Word. “To do good and communicate, we must not for
Now, when Jesus Christ redeemed us from the debt of sin which was sinking us down into despair, we became His for ever. This was the covenant we made. We dedicated ourselves, our future life and gains, to Him in a whole-hearted, living service. When Jesus accepted us, He laid our gifts back on our hands with fullest confidence in our cows, and said, " Hereafter manage all for my interest, your real good, and report finally to me. Occupy till I come.” Hence we are to labour for Him: not living six days for ourselves, and one for the Lord; not striking ten blows on the anvil for the family, and one for the Church; not sowing ten acres for selfish gain, and for one bene. volence; not spending nine-tenths of life for the world, and one-tenth for God: but life, gain, and labour, all for the Lord. When we spend, we are to spend all for the Lord. We are to feel that we and our families are objects of His care; He takes pleasure in all that tends to health, happiness, true refinement, and the education of the mind; and we contribute to that which pleases Him when we meet those wants; but if we spend use lessly, extravagantly, and wastefully, we squander what is not our own, and displease our Redeemer. But, above and beyond all this, we are to feel others are objects of His care, as precious and dear to Him as we are; they have not our advantage, ability, and prosperity; and He has put those things into our hands] for their good,
that we may share with them, moet their wants, and secure for them those things which Christ takes pleasure in seeing us enjoy. But right here we fail, and break our covenant. We live in a circle too small. We are too much occupied with persons called I, Me, and My. We have little breadth of perception. The wants of others do not grow into our dull, unsympathetic natures; the great sorrowing, moaning heart of humanity does not surge up against our souls, and quicken our sympathy. We allow the means which Christ has given us to grow up around us like thick walls to shut out the cries and groans of others; we allow it to pamper our pride, injure our souls, retard the spiritual life of our children, and accumulate on our hands, and thus contravene Christ's purposes, and become a swift witness against us. Not only are we to expend all for the Lord, but to do it with a benevolence that breaks over and rolls beyond home and neighbours. Our gifts should go out into the world as far as any promise of God goes. Missionaries should be sent as far as the great commission of Christ sends them. “Christ journeyed farther than any foreign missionary the world ever knew.”
Then let us get all we can in the name of the Lord, and keep giving as fast as we get. So long as we can be sure that the money we are making is “expanding with the expanding soul,” it is good, and that continually. Happy the man whose good desires ripen into fruit, and whose selfish thoughts perish in the blossom; but woe, woe eternally, to the man whose good desires perish in the blossom, and whose selfish thoughts ripen into fruit:From the “ Baptist Missionary Magazine."
The Work in Brittany.
M HE following extract from a letter by Madame Bouhon, of St. Brieuc,
1 to her husband, who is at present in this country, will interest our readers. It relates to work done by Mr. Guillaume LeCoat, our missionary at Tremel, but now on a visit to St. Brieuc as locum tenens for Mr. Bouhon :
“Guillaume came by the last train on Saturday night, and left by the 1.40 train on Sunday afternoon. He was much pleased to make the acquaintance of your parents. As you may suppose, there was but little time for conversation. He appears to see quite a réveil in Brittany. He says the number of invitations he receives from strangers for preaching is really extraordinary. He says that even in localities where there has never been any preaching, he finds from two to seven hundred people gathered, and the silence is so great that you might hear a pin drop. Last week, responding to one of these invitations, he found a large concourse of people assembled, and was about to begin the service, when two gendarmes and the mayor stopped him to question him on whose authority he held the meeting. He answered, courteously, “Gentlemen, if you will give me a few moments, you shall know all;' and making his way to the door preached for an hour to more than 700 persons. He had begun by turning to the passage: 'Go ye into all the world.' When he had finished, the gendarmes and mayor shook him by the hand, and said, “We approve of what you have been saying; these ineetings can certainly do no harm.' At another meeting the cornet had been sent by the priest to make a disturbance. Seeing that it was planned annoyance, he
called to the man to come near, and then began : “My man, I know you have been paid to come here and make a disturbance, and also, to give you the courage to do such dirty work, the curé gave you to drink. Well, my poor fellow, I want to remind you; that one of these days you must die, maybe this very night God will call you away, and then you must render account of your doings before Him.' After speaking thus for a few minutes, the poor wretch sat down and never moved; the rest of the audience seemed greatly impressed, so much so that they remained with their hats off during the preaching, and even took their pipes out of their mouths. Guillaume says he never saw that before. It appears that two priests especially have been trying to annoy him, and even to assault him, laying wait round his house at night with sword-sticks. Having been warned secretly several times not to leave the house at night because of evil intentioned persons, and having found the information exact, he took occasion to ask the Procureur, since when these priests had taken out a permit to carry arms. The Procureur said no declaration had been made to that effect by priests, and the authorities would soon be down upon them, and see what this meant.
"The Vicaire, it appears, had even
invited Mr. LeCoat, by letter, to meet wrenched it out of the fellow's hands him near a certain ditch to enter into the coward took to his heels, and explanation. Guillaume replied, that Tiunter returned triumphantly with honest persons were not afraid of the trophy. Although they have having their doings known, and that made inquiries in every direction to he was ever ready to meet him in a find the owner of the fork, no one asfit place and in broad daylight, but a yet claims it. It probably belongs to bye-path and dusk were only chosen some one who was seeking not Tiunter by evil-intentioned persons. He seems but his master. So much for some of very happy at the state of things, but the details he gave us. The Sundaysighs for women agents. He says we school was average, the lesson was the want women-teachers-good mothers, first six verses of the 21st chapter of &c. The few poor women occupied in Acts. Guillaume questioned well, and the work have so little instruction. I am glad to say the children, especiThey have added to their family an ally Lily, answered very satisfactorily. orphan from the Commune, one of Between the Sunday-school and serMadame de Pressensé's girls, sent to vice we sang a hymn. The service them because she was unmanageable. began by the reading of the 7th For the few days she had been with chapter of first Samuel. Guillaume them they had not to complain, but took for the subject of his discourse she seemed hard. All her answers are the last part of the second verse. He in dry steel monosyllables; but, as made some comparison between the Guillaume says, perhaps little affec- réveils taking place in various parts of tion has been shown to her. Tiunter the world and that which was manicontinues to give satisfaction, but his festing itself in Brittany. He deveimmense growth is detrimental to his loped his text well, and spoke with studies. It appears, a few nights ago much native eloquence. I heard such Guillaume had occasion to send him remarks as this after the service: on an urgent commission; the lad saw •Why, it's another Luther!' 'I through the darkness a tall figure declare he is a second Spurgeon!' holding a pitchfork in a menacing ‘He is a wonderfully gifted man,' position. As it was in a very lonely &c. And all that in spite of inferior part of the road, the boy at first felt French. You will, I know, gather rather uncomfortable, but remember strength for your work in perusing ing that spirits do not walk about like these details, very imperfectly reprothat, he made a spring at the fork and duced.”
Since our last report the following meetings have been held :
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. Loughton . . . . . . Leighton Buzzard . Princes Risboro' district Penge · · · · · Roading . Regent's Park Chapel . . .
DEPUTATIONS. Mr. T. H. Comber. Rev. J. Trafford, M.A. Rov. C. Bailhache. Rov. J. Sale. Rev. F. D. Waldock. Rev. W. H. McMechan Rev. John Bloomfield. Rords. John Davey and Edwd. Webb. J. C. Parry, Esq. Revds. C. Bailhache and A. Powell. Rev. W. H. Tetley. Rev. I. Stubbins. Revds. J. Bigwood and T. H. Morgan. Rev. C. Bailhache. Dr. Underhill and Rev. C. Bailhache. Bords. C. Bailhache and W. Barker Rev. F. D. Waldock. Rov. T. H. Morgan. Rev. F. D. Waldoek. Mr. C. B. Chapman. Rev. W. H. McMechan. Rep. J. Davey. Rev. W. H. McMechan. Rov. V. Bouhon. Rev. J. Trafford, M.A. Rev. F. D. Waldock. Rords. J. Trafford, M.A., and J.