It is the purpose of God that the plan of salvation shall not be wrought out independent of human instrumentalities. He has not chosen angels, but men of like passions as ourselves, to proclaim the gospel to the human race. Paul says, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” It was that He might receive the honor that this work was committed to weak, erring mortals…. It is important that all who have been made partakers of this great salvation communicate to others that which has been made known to them.
Give Your Best
All who have received the light of truth are placed under solemn obligations to let that light shine forth to others. Each can, in his humble sphere, do something for the Master. He may not be able to make magnificent offerings to advance the cause of God, but he can give the willing, cheerful service of an obedient heart. All cannot be preachers; all cannot be generals in the army of the Lord; but all can be faithful privates, following in humble obedience the commands of the Captain of their salvation. They can cheer their companions with words of hope and courage, and by so doing will show forth the praises of Him who hath called them out of darkness into His marvelous light. God demands of all the very best service that they can give….
Let each anxiously inquire, What have I done for Jesus? … And then in humility let each surrender himself unreservedly to God, saying, Here am I; Lord, send me.
In that great day when every work shall be brought into judgment, the words will fall from the lips of the Master upon the astonished ears of the humble, patient worker, “I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me.” The ones thus addressed have no knowledge that they have done anything worthy of this commendation, and they ask, When saw we thee thus, Lord? The answer comes, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” …
There Is Work for You
Wherever a church is raised up, the minister should not consider his duty done until it is thoroughly organized and placed in working order. Every member should become a missionary. All should be given something to do to help spread the light of truth; for this very activity will cause them to grow in spirituality….
Never should the laborer who raises up little companies here and there give the impression to those newly come to the faith, that God does not require them to work systematically in helping to sustain the cause by their personal labors and by their means….
Freely Received, Freely Given
Those who have been made partakers of the grace of God should not be slow to show their appreciation of that gift. They should not look upon the tithe as the limit of their liberality…. None should forget to make thank-offerings and free-will offerings to God….
The Lord gives some an opportunity to honor him with the abundance of their substance; others, if they can do no more, can honor Him just as much by watching for an opportunity to give a cup of cold water to the weary, thirsty disciple. It is the privilege and duty, not only of those who have large possessions, but of those who have but little, to be faithful, to grudge nothing from the Lord…. He who follows God’s arrangement in the little that has been given him will receive the same returns as he who bestows of his abundance….
Oh that I could impress all with the importance of following God’s order in all things, and of becoming workers for Him! Let us humble our hearts before the Lord, and when we become indeed His true followers, we shall feel to confess that we have done very little for the dear Saviour who has done so much for us.
This article is excerpted from one that first appeared in the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald,now the Adventist Review, August 24, 1886. Seventh-day Adventists believe that Ellen G. Whiteexercised the biblical gift of prophecy during more than 70 years of public ministry.