"From a discourse addressed to a young convert on the occasion of his baptism"
“My dear brother, you have publicly come forward and made known your faith in the Lord Jesus. Let me beseech you in His holy name that you walk worthy of your high calling. In order to do this, earnest, constant prayer must be offered by you. It is impossible to walk worthily if we do not secretly live worthily before the Lord. It is impossible to show forth His praises rightly if we do not secretly enjoy His presence in our closets. Doing this, I trust you will proceed to show that you have a single eye to His glory. For you cannot walk worthily of your high calling if you have other objects before you instead of the Lord our Redeemer. Looking away from Him, you may see many objects to attract you; but if your eye be fixed upon any of these objects, in themselves perhaps harmless, you will find them snares the eye must be constantly fixed upon Him. Your first, your second, and your last thought must be, ‘He is my Lord, and I am His.’ Let your Christianity, my brother, be Christ Himself, and then if you be questioned to whom you belong, you will be able to give an answer and a reason for the hope that is in you you will say, ‘My Christianity is Christ within me, my hope and my glory! . . . You have now more particularly entered upon a pilgrim’s life; your father and mother will not even recognise you as their child; your brothers and sisters and relatives will have no more to say to you. Lay hold, I beseech you, on this blessed lesson, which has been my stay now for many years, ‘He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High’ in other words, that makes the Most High his home, his dwelling place ‘shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.’ . . . Wherever your tent may be pitched, whatever may befall you, rest as¬sured the shadow of the Almighty will never leave nor forsake you. Thus you have a sure lodging¬-place while here below, under the protection of Him who said, ‘Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests: but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.’ . . . If you learn always to set the Lord before you, and not to let your mind be troubled with matters that are only about Christ, but to have Christ Himself as the object of your heart’s affections, you will do well. The Lord will prosper your soul; and you will be a ‘living epistle,’ and a blessing to the Church. Further, let me entreat you to cultivate a tender conscience. I do not mean a too scrupulous, a diseased conscience, but one that is placed close by the word of the Lord, and under the light of His countenance a conscience that is always inquiring, ‘How will this please my God’ that which Peter calls ‘the answer of a good conscience towards God.’ . . . .
“Cultivate a loving spirit. Oh how very important it is for a child of God to cherish this a spirit like unto our Master’s Spirit! And this can only be by close and constant intercourse with Him. Two persons living together constantly, become partakers of each other’s tempers, dispositions, feelings; so it will be with us if we constantly live close to our Lord, and have our hearts fixed upon Him . . . . Cultivate then a loving spirit; it is the finest feature of the Christian’s life. The world ought to see in the Christian more of that spirit than it sees in the world . . . . When we meet with a Christian whose spirit is anything but loving, though we may be obliged to acknowledge that there is a good work in his heart, yet we cannot feel towards him as we wish. We should like to love him heartily, but he is such a disagreeable Christian that we have to pray God to enable us to do so. And why should we be forced, to do this? Let the spirit of love be cultivated, and we shall then rejoice to love you, because there is in you the image of the Divine Master . . . . If you would cherish this spirit, there must be no brooding over your own feelings; the more you dwell upon the littlenesses within you, the less will you realise the loving Spirit of Christ; but the more you look off yourself unto Jesus, the more loving and lovable will you become. The Lord help you, then, thus to have a single eye, a tender conscience, and a loving spirit . . . . .
“There should ever be in you a sedulous endeavour to set forth all the fruits of the Spirit spoken of by Paul, in his Epistle to the Galatians. First we have ‘love,’ which we have already noticed. Then ‘joy.’ Be a happy Christian; let the joy of the Lord gladden your heart; and whenever your soul is filled with mourning and trials which bow you down, let it be seen that you can cry out in the midst of it all, ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth; I know He loves me; I will place all my burden upon Him.’ Think of the meat offering. A man sought rest from the Lord, for his soul was troubled; he came with his offering, and it was placed upon the atoning fire and there was the emblem of rest, rest in the flame of God’s redeeming love. Then the drink offering was poured upon the fire strong wine, which blazed with the flame of the sacrifice, mingled with the fire of atoning love, and typified joy in the Lord. ‘Peace’ peace within yourself, peace with God, and peace with your neighbour. Not indifference, not saying, ‘I will let my neighbour alone, and have nothing to do with him, and so I shall have peace;’ but the peace of God that flows like a river, and gladdens wherever it flows. ‘Long suffering’ this is of great importance. You will come in contact, perhaps, with perverse tempers, with some of your own brethren who may be irritable or angry, or may frown on you; you may meet with inconsistencies in Christians, and be disquieted because of this or that conduct which does not harmonise with your standard of Christian faith. Remember to be long suffering, and to bear all with patience, not being easily overcome, but manifesting that you partake of the long suffering of Christ. ‘Gentleness’ - let the spirit of gentleness be exhibited by you. A person who has had no advantages of education or eternal refinement may have true Christian gentleness within his soul. Do not go on blustering, making a noise, and being full of what you think is zeal, but which may be only a consequence of the immaturity of your Christianity. Bear this in mind, and though you may sometimes feel that you have a great deal to say, let it rather be suppressed than vociferously asserted. ‘Meekness’ ‘I am meek and lowly in heart,’ said Jesus meekness and humility. O my brother, these are of great importance. It is impossible to make a step in advance in our Christian life unless we can feel as John the Baptist did, ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’ ‘Temperance’ not only in eating and drinking, but in all things in disposition and character. If you exercise yourself in these matters, we shall have reason to thank God. The Lord give you His blessing. Now, one word of encouragement as to the future. Let me give you the counsel which has always sustained me. Lean upon the arm of the Lord, and seek to realise by faith what I once felt in similar circumstances to yours many years ago ‘If it please the Lord that I should be called upon to perish from hunger, or want, or anything else, I place myself at the feet of my Redeemer, and it will be sweeter to perish at His feet than to enjoy all the pleasures this world can offer.’ If you do this, the Lord will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
………..Herschell goes on to address those present who were “Christians in name only, and not in deed:
“You are called Christians, and you are not. You profess to believe with the lip, and you do not believe with the heart. You have never known what it is to feel the struggle of soul within; neither head nor heart ache have you suffered because of your own unworthiness and the wonderful work of redemption by Christ. You have never yet wept at the feet of Jesus; His tears have had no effect upon you; His groans; His sorrows, His precious blood, His prayer from the cross, ‘Father, forgive them’, none of these things have produced any effect upon you. What will you do in the day of visitation? Will it not be more tolerable for the unconverted Jews in that day than for you who have heard the gospel of salvation, but believe it not? Think on the occurrence of this afternoon. Here is a man who, after all the prejudices he has had to overcome, after all the trials that stare him in the face, has declared that he is ready to forsake all and follow Christ; and yet you, Gentiles, stand aloof from Jesus, you hear the gospel but believe it not. To such considerations may this service lead you. May the bringing in of this Jew be ‘life from the dead’ to many a Gentile here present. The Lord grant it! Amen.”