But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.…
I. The first characteristic of the swift tongue and slow foot is UNBELIEF. "I go, sir." Notions constitute their religion; there is no operative faith. No mere notion will ever affect a character.
II. Another characteristic of the swift tongue and slow foot is INDIFFERENCE. Truth must be interesting to us to be impressive.
III. Another impediment is in THE MANIFOLDNESS OF INTELLECTUAL OBJECTS — wit, learning, and imagination may impede the man who says, "I go, sir." His attention may be diverted from the main object; he is wise, but not unto salvation.
IV. Every man has one load to carry which retards him in his journey. One besetting sin.
V. Religion will only become the law of life when it too becomes a ruling passion. "Oh, how love I Thy law," etc. This will unite our connections to our actions.
(E. Paxton Hood.)
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