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open to our missionaries, were double-barred against us; that no voice reached us from other lands to tell of the triumphs of Messiah's cause. Let us close our eyes and ears to every encouraging fact, and suppose all this, and more—and what then? Will this excuse us for our neglect of imperative obligation ? Will it free us from the debt of duty which we owe to the perishing heathen, which we owe to God? We are required to love our neighbour as ourselves. This command has its source in our common nature, our common origin. But what manner of love is that which sees a brother perishing for lack of knowledge, and yet stretches out no hand to save him-makes no effort, no sacrifice to deliver him ? Unto whomsoever this gospel is sent, upon him does the obligation rest to make it known to those who have it not. The message must pass from man to man, until all the world have gathered beneath the standard of the cross. (Rev. xxii. 17.) “Whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear,” we who have the gospel must make it known “in all the world for a
witness unto all nations.” “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature," is God's command to us, no less than to his primitive apostles and disciples; and whether they receive our testimony or reject it—whether none or millions be converted by our instrumentality, our witness is with God, and to him, and not to success, do we look for the acceptance and the reward of our duty and obedience. Whatever may be God's time to bless, our time of labour is now. We must work whilst it is day, and leave events and time to God. We must sow the seed now, the plant will spring up and ripen in God's own good season. So long as the word of God remains with us, it matters not how great our discouragements and difficulties. “Woe be unto us if we preach not the gospel.”
When Dr. Judson laboured at Rangoon and other places, there were no visible fruits from his labours, and the Board of Missions at home began to be doubting and disheartened. This man of strong-winged faith, in the very midst of all the discouraging scenes, was the only one whose courage and confidence never failed. He never doubted of the conversion of Burmah, whether or not he should be permitted to gather the first fruits; and his answer to desponding letters from America roused the home churches as with the voice of a trumpet. “Permit us to labour on in obscurity, and at the end of twenty years you may hear from us again.” It was in this spirit, also, he replied to the question of the venerable Mr. Loring, “Do you think the prospects bright for the speedy conversion of the heathen ?” “As bright," was his prompt reply, full of deep meaning, as well as of fine sentiment, “as bright as the promises of God !” .
Who that reads these pages can be assured of a more favourable and promising opportunity than the present for helping forward this glorious cause? Which of us can look for any other time than the present now, for doing his part towards sending the gospel to those who have it not? This may not be God's time to convert the world, but it is your time; the only time that you can call your own. Death is ever near us, and in an hour that we know not of, we may be summoned to our great account; and what excuse will it be at the bar of judgment, when our Master shall charge us with neglecting to labour in his vineyard, to say, “I deemed that the time was not yet come for the conversion of the world, and therefore I did nothing." How will the soul be filled with horror, when, pointing to His children from the east and west, he replies, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not unto the least of these, ye did it not unto me. Depart from me, I know ye not." For your soul's sake, then, beloved reader, let me beseech you deceive not yourself with the idea, that the time for you to contribute to the advancement of the Redeemer's kingdom has not yet come.
Time was I shrank from what was right,
From fear of what was wrong;
Because the foe was strong.
And sorer shame aside;
Such aim at heaven was pride.
Away then with fear, and unbelieving, covetous timidity, and faint-heartedness. The work is the Lord's, and the strength is his also. And though the mountains reach unto the heavens, and Jacob be but as a feeble worm, yet shall he thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and make the hills as chaff. In no part of his labours did Dr. Judson gather more abundant cause of joy than in his visits to the Karens, those wild, untutored children of the wilderness. Ascending almost impassable mountains, wading knee-deep for miles up the beds of mountain streams, drawing little companies around him in some way-side zayat, or preaching to wondering multitudes from his boat on some river-side, he felt as if the time to favour this people were come. “Yes !" he exclaims, writing on one occasion from the midst of the Karen jungles, "the great Invisible is in the midst of these Karen wilds. That mighty Being, who heaped up these craggy rocks, and reared these stupendous mountains, and poured out these streams in all directions, and scattered im