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watches over her little boy; and when the child behaves well, and listens to whąt she tells hiin, and makes a conscience of fearing God, and loves to hear of Jesus Christ, and is serious when he says his prayers, then her heart is glad, and she blesses God for giving her such a good child. But when children go on amiss and are wicked and undutiful, then the father and mother's heart is full of grief. Only think how
. Abraham rejoiced in his good son Isaac, and Jacob in his pious and kind son Joseph, and Hannah, in her boy Samuel. Think also what a joy young Timothy must have been to his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois. And who can tell how the mother of Moses must have been glad when she found her little boy taken out of the ark of bulrushes by Pharaoh's daughter, and when she saw him afterwards grow up to be the deliverer of Israel. Now, my dear children, if you love your parents and wish to make them happy, be good and serve God, and this will make you happy also.
Thirdly, If you do so, you will have the blessing of God upon you.
, . Jesus Christ tells you in the text, Blessed are they that keep my ways. And truly such children will have God's blessing. He has said, I love them that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me; and He will fulfil his promise. He will love them. He will hear their prayers. He will give them all things that are good for them. He will teach them his will, and lead them in the paths of righteousness for his pame's sake. He will bless them with peace of conscience. He will make even sickness and trouble a benefit to them. And we are sure that he whom God blesses, will be blessed.
Fourthly, Such children also will be happy
in all their future life. Life is a long and dangerous journey; but a good child has Jesus Christ for his guide all the way. Those who begin life by fearing God and serving him, will go on with life under his care. Early piety is likely to be eminent piety. A little boy that grows up in true religion, will be submissive and teachable, diligent and faithful and upright; and therefore, whilst wicked children can never be trusted, he will have every one's good-will. If he is a servant, he
be will gain the esteem of his masters. If he is in trade, he will be honest in all bis dealings. And in whatever station he may be, he will fear God, honour the King, obey the laws of his country, behave himself humbly and reverently to all his betters, and bring up bis family after bim in the same blessed ways. Thus, my dear children, as the farmer sows his corn in the seed-time, and then in due season reaps his harvest according to what he has sown, so you
are now sowing in youth, and you will reap the fruits of this in after life. Sow, therefore, my dear children, to the Spirit;--that is, be good and holy, and live under the guidance of God's blessed Spirit, and you shall have a happy harvest at last-you shall of the Spirit, reap life everlasting
Fifthly, For those who keep Christ's ways
shall be blessed, because they shall escape everlasting death, and be happy
for ever in heaven. All the other things I have said are nothing compared with this. For who can tell what an awful thing it is to be cast away from God? Who can even think of the black pit of destruction without shuddering? It is said in the Bible to be a lake of fire and brimstone. On the other hand, how happy will it be for you to be good, and go to heaven when you die! What child can think of being with Jesus Chiist for ever, and not wish to be there? How blessed must be the state of perfect happiness in the presence of God, and with all the holy angels, in heaven! Now, the only way to escape
from hell, and to be fitted for heaven, is by serving God. The little child that prays to Jesus Christ, and fears sin, and puts his trust in the merits of Christ, and begs of God to inake him good by bis Spirit, will be a heir of heaven. Such a child's sins will be forgiven,
and his heart will be changed and made holy; and whenever he dies he will be carried by angels into : Abraham's - bosom. Whereas, bad children. grow up in sin and mischief; they make God angry with them; they serve Satan, that wicked and fallen spirit; they never pray to God; they never think of their Saviour; they never beg of God to make them holy and good. Thus, even in this world, they are under God's wrath; and they often shorten their days by their sins, and die before their time. It was only a few months ago that two little boys in these schools were playing on a Sunday, instead of coming straight to church; and they got up upon a scaffold, and one of them fell down and fractured his skull, and died. And we read in Scripture, that when some wicked children mocked at the good prophet Elisha, there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. And this is not the worst; for wicked boys and girls, if they die such, perish everlastingly. God is not to be trifled with. He has said, The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Hearken, then, Oye children, to what Jesus Christ says; Blessed are they, and only they, that keep my ways: for whoso findeth me, findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord: but he that sin
neth against me, wrongeth his own soul; all that hate me, love death.
Thus I have talked to you in the simplest way of the two things I intended; first, of what it is Jesus Christ says to children; and, secondly, of the blessedness of those who hearken to him.
I will now, before I end, speak to you a few words more: first, as children in age ; secondly, as children in understanding; thirdly, as children in grace.
I. As children in age. You are most of you - very young, and perhaps you may think it is too soon to think of religion. But remember, that Jesus Christ encouraged such children as you, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the
; kingdom of God. And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. However young and healthy you may be, you may die, and die soon. No child is too young to begin to serve Jesus Christ. Little Samuel was quite a child when his mother brought him up to Eli, and presented him before God. And our blessed Saviour, when he was only twelve years of age, was found in the temple, hearing the teachers and doctors who sat there, and asking them questions. Now, then, hearken unto Jesus Christ, Oye chil