280 SELECT SERMONS.
lower of Jesus Christ. But, one would ask, where
am I to follow Christ ? I answer :
1. To didy.— Wherever duty calls we are to be
found ever ready to answer "Lord, here am I."
Some people profess to be followers of Christ, but
can never see their obligations to duty. Such
people sadly mistake the purpose of their calling,
for every one who is a true follower of Jesus Christ
has something to do. The man whom Jesus healed
at the pool of Bethesda was commanded to take up
his bed and walk; not that another was to carry his
bed for him, but it was his duty to carry it himself.
" If any man would be my disciple let him first deny
himself, take up his cross and follow me." There
are people in the Church who love to cry aloud " free
grace," and shout "glory, hallelujah," but when
you tell them about contributing to the support of
the gospel, giving to the poor and visiting the sick,
they are found lacking and very often absent. Such
people are only nominal Christians, and when
weighed in the balances of unbiased Justice will be
Christ went about doing good, and he who would
follow him must do likewise. Moreover, it is our
duty to live chaste, virtuous, and consistent lives.
There are people who believe that they can be fol¬
lowers of Christ and still follow the vices of the
world; lie, steal, practice drunkenness and adultery,