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< AN ELCQ'JENT SUNDAY SERMON BY BISHOP LEONARD. Subject: Giving; Treclyi * Brooklyn. X. Y.?At Holy Trinity Church the Rt. Rev. William A. Leonard. Bishop of Ohio, preached Sunday moruinjr on the subject. "(.iivinj: Freely.from the text Matthew x:S: f "Freely ye have received, freely give." The preacher said: "Our blessed Lord had just endowed His anostles with some of His power. lie liad granted them authority to ^ preach, to Ileal the sick, to baptize converts and to lay the foundation of His church. As all power in heaven and on earth had been conferred upon ?, Him. so now He imparts the tre? mendous donation to tliem. This is what is meant by the divine origin of the ministry. But this power and those gifts must be utilized; they cannot be retained or buried; they 'must be dispersed abroad. They are given only for service. 'Freely ye have received. freely give.' In some measure we must geuerously give to the world. "These words, however, may be taken from their primary place, so that they have a general reference and application for every child of the kingt dom, and thus we use them to-day for onr instruction and guidance. This text. 'Freely ye nave received, freely give.' is classic in its clear expression and in its world-wide application to literature, science, music?in the art of centuries; and many races fiud their ideal in this fact, for Christ, the In* , carnate. is Himself Cod. Christ is here In our human nature since the oerlod of His incarnation. 5lou can not drive Him forth, for He has found room for residence in the very heart of this old world. It Is of this conscions liberality of God to us that I want to speak, and of the sincere and willing response which we ought to make to Him for His sifts to us: .'Freely ye have received, freely give.' The gospel of our Father has this word 'give' written all through. Its first letter is the initial of His own name. Its first introduction i? the Garden of Eden and a picture of the Divine Parent. whose hand is ever outstretched with loving Intention to us, and it is v His desire that we should lealize this. The Bible is replete with the story of His giving and our receiving. Read your Bible this year with this thought ir. your minds. Recall what God has given to His children, and you will be amazed at the sum: it will be such a great one that at least you will be constrained to sing a beuedicite, to praise God for Eis goodness: you will cordially begin to appreciate how 'freely ye have received.' Is it not well to make some sort of a tally, to run up our account with .God? We who take so flinch for granted and simply accept tn* blessings He gives us without a word of thanks. We think jf them and use them as If they were ours and are sometimes angry. If we happen \ to miss or lose them. We have received so much and so freely from Him that we have omitted Him and His relationship from our calculations. Wc have credited Him only with our spiritual blessings?our religious privileges, the church and sacraments, of course, our salvation. But what about the ordinary things that He never forgets. that He never neglects? He keeps His work go'mg on every day in the year, while we. like the children of our modern time, are satiated with luxury. We are aroused sometimes. v as at Christmas time, tc realize how good Cod is. " 'Freely ye have received, freely -*v give.' Thus He gave out of His generous heart the very creation itself; the world and all In it. at the "very hour of its conception, its power of production, teeming life, vegetable and animal. We take possession of it: we bargain and barter its fields and flocks and herds: we call it ours: we call the laud after our own name. But these things are not ours. They are His. He controls. He directs ahd permits; we are but the tenants of Hisx win. r- "Then consider in the next place His providence. That is, thp continuous remembrance of our needs?food, raiment. climate, and so on. The seasons that Cod only swings round in their course: the sunshine?think of the sunshine. that is Cod's gift. Suppose He covers over the sun for one day! Man -cannot, with all his genius, manufacture another. Suppose it stops shining for twenty-four hours. Such a chill of ice would result that all life would go out. Do you ever thank Cod for tile sunshine? No. We take it for granted^-it belongs to us?we consider it our iuherent right. "UOfl gives us power as wen as creation to utilize. So lavishly spread that all man has to do is to pluck the fruits of it We dig mines, sail ships, write books, paint pictures: it is only the exercise of power which God gives. Wealth, competency, wages, all the capacity 6f power?God grants it all. He gives the brains, the ingenuity. the business, the opportunity for every advancement and all you and I have to do is to utilize all tlie power He gives us. Some other men use these and prosper: other men waste them and are failures in life: but those who are opportunists in the best / sense gain rewards. Do you ever realize that God could becloud and obscure your faculties of reason so that you would become insane iu a moment? He might be excused from so doing because of your ingratitude, your neglect of Him, for all these things you call yours Are His. I often wonder how many successful men can retain their self respect, can make their treatment of God agree with their ethics. They never enter His bouse to thank Him and yet He asks them to do so. They are getting on without Him they believe, but they are as helpless and powerless as the ^ weakest imaginable tiling. They are absolutely His dependents in whom they have their being. How long suffering and patient He is. His only rebuke seems to be found in His unfailing love. He simply says. 'My r?on. do not forsake Me utterly: hear My voice: come to Me; give Me thy heart, for 1 love thee, I am thy Father. I can afford to wait.' ? "So with our virtues, they ni;e alt inbreathings of the Holy Spirit: every man. no matter how depraved, will have some spark of good that God put there to be fanned into burning heat. ?> They do not grow there, they were j given and are intended to mold and model us into a nearer semblance to His image. Your capacity of joy and love are from Him. You could not find happiness or gladness or any kind of pleasure in the material, intellectual or moral spheres unless i^e Holy Ghost permitted it. You could not love your wife, your child, your parent, your friend, without Him. You Christians. you could not have happiness or love for God unless He grants you the power. Stones and earth have them not. Animals only have as much instinc. as He gives them, but you and I have received more than this. We have received inspirations and aspira tions that reach from soul to soul and heart to heart. There is a beautiful prayer in the prayer book. I do not consider it in exactly the light in which I am presenting this truth. 'Ob, God,' it says, 'pour into our hearts such love for Thee that we loving Thee above all things may at last attain Thy gracious promises.' We cannot love God unless the power be given us; we have not the capacity ourselves. "Now, the greatest gift of all; the gift of His dear Son. Creation, providence. power and faculties, can have i! reason or right of operating unless interpreted by the coming of Jesus Christ to earth for you and This incarnation is the key to unlock the cause of our being. His birth is the solution of each man's existence. He is in this sense 'The Light of the World.' Now God gave the best that He had, the very best that H" was capable of bestowing?His only . .gotten Son. Nav. more. His Son is God? He gave Himself. We shall not try to explain its mysteries; it is unsolvable. It is an illustration of what we may do in small matters. It means sacrifice and surrender and unselfish, giving, for He came to do God's will. That will was to save us from our sins. God gave up His best and left the joy and sanctity of Heaven to clothe Himself with our broken humanity that we might see the godhead bodily, touch Him with our hands and go to Him with our sins and knowing Him might accept Him as our Savior. He folded His eternal nature around His person and He led it forth to sacrifice, so that His earthly life was a long series of sacrificial acts. When He lay in the manger this life of sacrifice bad begun; when He hung upon the cross it was the continuation of it In the last moment of agony and shame He was controlling forces that seemed to be mastering Him. He was the priest upon the cross; He was His own victim. His life was not wrung out of Him; He, Himself, pronounced its dismissal He gave it up to Him whose it was, saying; 'Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.' AH +! >>'o fni< aiif poilomntinn fnr nnr rpccnp and that we might have peace in believing and serving and following,, for our eternal joy and peace hereafter ia the Divine comradeship. Now. will ye 'freely give? "This is our practical issue: the question of our life experience. Do we give, and what, and when? But try and consider the paradox of our lives. What do we give? When do we give? Do we give ourselves? Yes, but how? Is it unreservedly? Is it bountifully? Yes, we give something sometimes?some prayer, some worship. some money. Is it enthusiastic? At the price of sacrifice? Does it really cost us much? We give ourselves to this world?our time and ability, with zeal and zest in business affairs. That is right. Christ dees not tell us to be sluggards in business. But He does tell us to give in the same measure of earnest interest to Him?some measure of earnest interest to Him. I mean no standard of gold. I am not talking about gold to-day. I mean no measure of payment. I mean the full and long living surrender of everything to His will. I mean the consecration of each stroke of the laborer's brawny arm, of each device of the inventor's power, the consecration of our whole being and service to the sunrpme Master of our destiny. Such a consecration makes life beautiful. It sanctifies labor, trade and business: it lifts every project of human ambition up to a level on -which angels tread and where we may talk to God Himself. It tires itself out in its arms for the redeeming of the world. It sees Jesus walking up and down in the earth and it must impel every human being to follow Him. It impels men to go forth into the world to others. The saint leaves his closet and goes abroad instead of pondering by himself homeless that he may carry the 1 Gospel, that he may lift the cover off ignorance for some benighted soul; the missionary makes himself homeless that he may ^carrv the Gospel to the heathen. Where we do the service and will of Jesus is our free giving in return for what He has given us. Then, i and only then, do we amend the con- > tradiction. There is the soul and spirit of the incarnation. 'Freely give,' is the word. Really , that means'fully? fully give. It requires us to say. 'Here Lord am I. I have no reservation, no propect, no duty, no joy that I will place between Thee and me. I yield myself absolutely to every manifesta tion of Thy will. I am all the time eager to know what Thy will js. This is my duty; show me what Thou wouldst have me to do and give.' The saint of old said: 'Master, show me Thyself and then show me myself.' Such a prayer should be offered from hour to hour, and then at last there will be the gradual glad consciousness coming to us that we have freely returned to God a thank offering. "Then the giving of our time to His service and to other people will be so natural that we shall do it spontaneously. It will be so easy to offer money and heart and interest to Christ's service that it will be second nature.'' Lore Lea (in to Service. A loving heart and an obedient life are inseparable. The one cannot exist without the other. As soon as a man loves God. he has the spirit of consecration, the spirit of obedience, the spirit of service; and while love continues to dominate the heart, that spirit of service manifests itself in the life. It is true that "love is the fulfilling of the law." Heart religion is the only kind of religion worth having. It is the pure in heart who shall zee God.?Methodist Recorder. You Will Get It. 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