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fing upon our endeavours, we cake a right course to prosper.'TisGeds blessing maketh rich, and he addeib no forror with it, P10.10.22. 'Tis his blessing thac giveth thee power to get wealth, Deut.8.18. . It his bieffing be wanting, (which thou art not like 10 bave, except thou cravest it ) all thy labours
' are to litile purpose, Psal. 127.1, 2. Except he blesse thee, 'iis in vain to rise early, to sit up late, and eat the bread of carefulnesse, &c.
IV. In the management of thy Calling, labour to exercise these Graces,
1. Faith & affiance in the goodnesle of God; cafting chy self on bis gracious promises and provi: dence in the use of lawful means; expecting succeffe from him alone, according to that of the Pialınist, Pfal.37.5. Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him, and he shall bring it to
2. Moderation of affections : Be not over eager, nor inordinately bent on thy worldly affairs. Remember our Saviours precept; Let 7.00
110t your hearts be overcharged with surfetting, and druni kennepse and the cares of this life, Luke 21.34.
Pursuc not thy worldly business wich too much anxiety and fervour of mind.
3. Concentacion: Becontent with that portion (little or much) which God upon thy honest labours shall plcase to allot chee, quietly acquiesce in his wife disposal
. 4. Patience : Be not dismaid, neither fret
nor repine at those crosses and troubles which befall thee,' in the way and course of thy calling; considering God doth often exercise his own dearest children with many afflictions.
V. Let not thy particular calling too much incroach upon thy general: The world is of an in. croaching nature. 'Tis hard to converse with it, and not come into bondage to it. Worldly em. ployments will be apt to juftle out Spiritual duties if thou hast not a great care.
Now the true Christian should especially look to these two things.
I. That his worldly businesse do not eat up and devour that time which should be set apart (every day) for communion with God, and for the exercife of religious duties.
2. That his worldly employments do not blunt the edge of his affections to Spiritual chings. Thou maist use the world, but cake heed of loving the world, 1 John 2.15,16. Love not the world, nei. ther the ibings that are in the world; if any max love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of this world.
VI. Labour carefully to avoid the temptations thac chy particular calling is most liable unro. Every calling and condition of life hath its peculiar templations. And a great deal of care and Christian prudence is required to foresee chem, and avoid
them that so we be not infnared with them.
VII. In the mannaging of thy worldly affairs, endeavour to carry a Heavenly mind. Be often lifting up thy heart in Spiritual and Heavenly medications. Think how little it will profit thee, if thou shouldst gain the whole world, and loose thy foul.' Think how Godlineß is profitable for all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come, i Tim.4.8. Remenber chou arc buc a pilgrim, and a stranger here upon earch : Heaven is the proper Country of holy souls.
VIII. When fucceß crowns thy faithful endeavours in thy calling, let God have all the Glory. If thou speed well, thrive, and prosper, sacrifice not to thy own net, to thy wit, parts, industry, or any fecond caufe ; but ascribe the Glory wholly to him, in whose hands alone it is co give sucsesse. I Thes.4.11. Study to be quiet, and do your oven
baforsese, and to work with your own hands, as We commanded you. V.12. That ye may walk honestly towards them that are without, and that ye may have lack of
nothing. 2 Thef. 3. 11. For we hear that there are some
. which walk among you disorderly, working net at all, but are bufie bodies. V.12. Nom tkem that are such, we command
and exhort by our Lord Fesus Christ, that with
quietnefse they work and eat their own broad. Prov. 18.9. He also that is slothful in his work,
is brother to him that is a great waster. Prov. 21.17. He that loveth pleasure shall be a
poor man, he that loveth wine and oil shall not
plenty of bread, but he that followeth after vain
in the way, a lion is in the streets.
doth the pothful upon his bed.
it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. V.16. The puggard is wifer in his own conceit,
tban seven men that can render a reason. Prov.6.6. Go to the Ant, thou sluggard, consider
her waies and be wise. V.7. Which baving no guide, overseer, or ra
ler, V.8. Provideth her meat in the Summer, and
gathereth her food in the harvest. V.9. How long wilt thou sleep, o luggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy feep.
V.10. Tet a little feep, a little fumber, a little
folding of the hands to sleep. V.11. Sosball thy poverty come as one that travels
leth, and thy want as an armed man. Mat.25.36. His Lord answered and said unto him, thou wicked, and fotbful
servant, &c. Pfal.128.1. Bleßed is every one that feareth the
Lord, that walketh in his wales. V.2. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands, happy sbalt thou be, and it shall be well with
thee. Prov.10.4. He becometh poor that dealeth with a
Slack hand; but the band of the diligent maketh
rich. Prov.22.7. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the
borrower is servant to the lender. Prov.31.27. She looketh well to the waies of her
bousehold, and eateth not the bread of idle
neffe. Epb.4.28. Let him that stole, Steal no more ; but
rather let him labour, working with his hands, the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.