SER. IX.] REDEEM THE TIME. 175
We should redeem the time.
1. From idleness. An idler, one who
has no regular employment either for his
head or hands, is one of the most mise¬
rable and contemptible creatures that
society can possibly be infested with.
Such an one is not only a misery to him¬
self, but exerts also a most pernicious
influence upon all with whom he asso¬
ciates. God created man with active en¬
ergies; and he evidently designed that
he should put them forth to some good
purpose, in whatever state of life he may
be providentially placed. Active indus¬
try is as much a religious duty, as it is
indispensable to our temporal comforts.
" Be not slothful in business," says the in¬
spired apostle, but "fervent inspir it, serving
the Lord."1 In thus uniting lawful indus¬
try, with fervency of spirit, serving the Lord,
he evidently designed to give it a sacred
character. The reason why active indus-
1 Rom. xii., 11.