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forth, some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred, and it is those Christians that abide in Christ that bring forth an hundred-fold: they can't help it. When a branch abideth in the vine it produces good fruit. You have a good apple tree, and it can't help bearing apples; it can't help bringing forth good fruit. So every Christian is to abide continually in Christ; not through four or five weeks when there are special services, but through the three hundred and sixty-five days in the year. These special meetings here, are about drawing to a close, and some here this morning are perhaps asking, what is going to become of us, what are we going to do? some perhaps tremble lest they shall go back to their old luke


Now my friends, if you are going to truly work for Christ, you must carry this revival spirit in your bosoms throughout the 365 days, throughout all the year. If a man cannot be used of God, what does he want to live for? It is the privilege of every child of God to be revived all the time. That is what we want to do. Why, in the primitive days, there were added daily to the Lord such as should be saved. If we abide in the Lord there will be just such results now. The trouble lies in our going away from the Lord, so that the Lord cannot use us and we cannot bring forth fruit. How are we to abide in Christ? Study the word of God. It is the only book that tells about Christ. The Bible is God's word, and if you want to know about Christ, study in its pages about His life, His character, His acts. Find out who He is, and what He is. The man that is abiding with Christ would rather be with Him than with the world; he would far rather be an hour with the word of God, than a year in worldly society. Look at the third chapter of the second epistle to Timothy, fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth verses: And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto Salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, "that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." Just listen: "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." And with this, let me read those words from the first chapter of James, twenty-second verse: "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." If we had as many doers of the word as we have hearers, in Chicago, what a mighty work could be done. You have been pretty good, yes, very good hearers, but I have a pretty serious charge to bring against nine out of every ten of you. You have come here, but when the benedic


tion was through, you have just got on your hats, and gathered up your shawls, and got out as quick as you could. You haven't liked to talk to inquirers. Some of you are Christians of thirty or forty years standing. You have listened to sermons all these years, and gone Sunday after Sunday, to the regular services of the sanctuary, but what have you been personally doing; that's the question? Oh, be not only hearers, but doers; that is just the working spirit we want in Chicago now. We have had eleven weeks of these special meetings, and many of you have listened remarkably well. For eleven weeks you've been listening, and now's the time for action. Now's the time to be doers of the word, you've been hearers long enough. Let every one put a shoulder to the work, and push it on. These past three months have been spent in getting the army ready and equipped; now let it move ahead. Let all take up and carry on the work. Let Christians wake up and go to work. More conversions may be made in the next three months than in the last three if you Christians will do your duty.


I have heard some say "yes, but I haven't got the ability." God will strengthen you, my friends, God is with you, and all you have to do is to ask of Him, wisdom, power, and strength. The God of all power and might is at your side if you call on Him. Don't you see if each one of you does but a little, how much you will accomplish. Mr. Spurgeon said to some discouraged students, as they were going out to preach, "Well, just go ahead, there's a good many of you; you go into the churches and you find a great many Christians there, and when all are gathered together, there's a great deal of strength;" and then he illustrated it by telling about Moses and the frogs: I'll bring great frogs on you," said Moses to Pharaoh. Frogs," raid Pharaoh, "what do I care for frogs!" "But," said Moses, "there's a good many of them," and the old king found it out. They swarmed into his bed-chamber, jumped into the kneading trough, sprawled out upon the throne, he could not sit down, got on to the royal table, into the royal lap-frogs, frogs, frogs, everywhere, he couldn't step without "squashing" one. Yes, there were a good many of them; and there are a good many Christians. "Let them just take a look at the frogs of Egypt; let them just go into every room and corner, and attic in Chicago, and bring men the blessed gospel. Don't you see how much, if you are only united, may be done in the next three months. Oh, be ye doers, and not hearers only. "If any be a hearer of the word," says James, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way and straightway forgetteth what


manner of man he was. But whosoever looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continůeth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." Now what we want, my friends, is to get to work. A great many people are called pillars of the church, because they pay their pew rents. They never go out to Wednesday night meetings; you never think of seeing them there. They will get out every fine Sunday morning, but no one expects they will turn out on Sunday night. But they say they've "the root of the matter in them." Suppose you have a flower garden, and take a friend out to see the flowers, but there isn't one to be seen. Will you say, "Well, it's just all full of roots." You might say so just as properly as the fruitless Christian. The root of the matter is down there, sure enough, but there's never anything crops out. These "do-less" Christians, these drones, doing nothing, are too numerous; there's too many of these " pillars" in the church. We want workers; we want these men to come out, and then help to bring others out. The time is coming when, if people will not come and hear the gospel, the churches must go to them. Let workers go and seek them out, and hold cottage prayer meetings at their houses, and talk with them about Christ and Heaven. Be ye doers.

A great many people would be workers, but they are afraid of being called "odd." They want just Christianity enough to make them respectable, but enough of the world to keep them from being considered odd or peculiar. The result is, they're wretched people in the world. They have no spiritual power. They never take a class in Sunday school, or if they do, there are no conversions in it. They forget those words in Titus, second chapter, fourteenth verse, "Who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purity unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.' Now, I am a poor sailor; I never go on the sea but I get sick, yet I think I would be willing to sail around the whole world to find an entire church-minister, deacons, stewards, all the church officers and members-a "peculiar" people of this sort. I would find a church that would make the world tremble. I don't believe the world ever saw a church all of them peculiar. You find in every age, when God wants any work done, He always brings out a peculiar man. I suppose Elijah was the most peculiar man perhaps that ever lived. He was the oddest genius that people ever hit upon. Daniel was the most peculiar man in all Babylon. The courtiers of Nebuchadnezzar undoubtedly called him puritanical and a bigot. Yes, in the midst of idolaters, this old Hebrew was a praying man; but how God blessed him.

Moses was the most peculiar man in Egypt, but how God blessed him. Always, the men and women most used of God have been peculiar, and Christian workers must be peculiar. But that is just what many don't want; they're afraid people will say they are peculiar. Now let me say no man or woman is fit to work for God until they become peculiar in this Bible sense, until they give up sinful, worldly pleasures, and separate themselves to live and work for God. Then see how God will bless them. God grant that all may become chosen vessels and meet for the Master's use.

Then in Titus, third chapter, first verse: "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready for every good work." "Ready for all good works ;" if all heeded this, what could not be done! How many times I have been down at these meetings night after night, and have spoken to Christian people who have been here,-some of them professing His name for forty years-and asked them to speak to some poor inquiring soul, but the answer's come, "oh Mr. Moody, don't ask me, don't you ask me." They've been in the church these long years and can't say a word to dying souls! Shame on the Christianity of the nineteenth century ! May God have mercy on each one of us and forgive us our shortcomings! These people want to have you talk about their souls and tell them the way of life. If it is not a good work to talk to a soul burdened with sin, what is a good work? What have these church members been about all these years? What have they been doing, that they are not ready now, after fifteen, thirty and forty years of professedly Christian life, to talk with anxious souls? When will you be ready? Oh my friends, will you not get ready at once? What power is there in the greatest army in the world, if it don't know how to use its weapons? An army of five hundred real soldiers could rout them and send them all flying. What each child of God wants is to get ready. If there is one Christian in this place this morning that has not had the joy of bringing a soul to God, I would not go out of this Tabernacle until I had gone into one of the inquiry rooms and asked some Christian brother or sister, "Won't you pray for my unprofitable life, my barren life, my life so fruitless, with nothing to show but leaves. Oh friends, is it not our highest privilege and joy as well as duty to bring souls to Jesus? Let us go to work! Let us bring converts to the Saviour! Let us bring all men to Christ!

Will you look at the eighth verse of the same chapter: "This is a faithful saying, and these things I will affirm constantly that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works." Now, you know the charge is sometimes madę

that Evangelical Christians preach salvation by faith alone,that we are justified by faith and as soon as we believe we are saved. Now that is not the entire New Testament teaching. To be sure we are saved by faith, but it is only by a faith that manifests itself in good works. If we believe otherwise we are staking our faith on some creed, some church, some particular minister, and not on Christ, who said, even at twelve years of age, "Wist ye not that I must be about my father's business." The life of Jesus was one succession of good works, and if we would follow His example we cannot help working.

"Be careful to maintain good works." I suppose that means you are to carefully maintain the church. Let me say to all, maintain the church. Let me say this especially to all young converts. I have heard that of these some say they can be Christians and not unite with the church, and I was told last night that one of them said I didn't belong to the church. That is a mistake. I tried as soon as I was converted to enter the church, but at first they would not let me; some doubted whether I was converted. But I have been in the bosom of the church ever since, and have never seen the day or the hour that I would be out of it. I believe it is the dearest institution on earth, that there is no institution to be compared with it. was the church that Christ died for, because he loved it so dearly.


If a man is born of God he should take shelter in the Church, that it may be to him a nursing mother. To do so ought to be held not only the duty which it is, but a glorious privilege. I have no sympathy with those people who stay out of the Church and simply throw stones at it, and proclaim what it ought to be. If we can make it better, let us go in. Don't expect the Church of God upon earth to be without failings. If the Church is cold, go in and warm it up; let us each do what we can to make it better. And then the Sunday-school-let us make that better. Go out on the streets and get those children, and teach them the words of life; that is the way to maintain good works. Bible societies should be maintained; Bible readings should be maintained-whatever the good work is, carefully maintain it. If you have wealth, send that money around-use the Lord's money for the Lord. I hope to see the day when men will seek investments for the Lord, as they now seek them out for themselves. If a man has a few thousand dollars to invest for himself, how he seeks out the best investment ! On this very ground why should not Christian men seek out investments for the Lord? I don't believe any other investments will bring in better dividends. Yes, I hope the time is coming more and more, when rich men will" carefully maintain good works." And to all I

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