The cause of present truth can be greatly extended by personal effort.
As children of God none of us are excused from taking a part in the great work of Christ, in the salvation of our fellow-men.
All men and women who are Christians in every sense of the word, should be workers in the vineyard of the Lord.
God works with our efforts. We may close the way for sinners by our negligence and selfishness.
We should not hold ourselves aloof from our fellow-men, but come close to them; for their souls are as precious as our own.
Missionaries for God are wanted; faithful men and women who will not shirk responsibility. Judicious labor will accomplish good results.
Those whom Christ has connected with himself will, as far as in them lies, labor diligently and perseveringly as He labored, to save souls who are perishing around them.
A Working Church Grows
A working church will ever be a growing church. They will ever find a stimulus and a tonic in trying to help others, and in doing it they will be strengthened and encouraged.
Satan is now seeking to hold God’s people in a state of inactivity, to keep them from acting their part in spreading the truth, that they may at last be weighed in the balance and found wanting.
We are answerable to God for the souls of those with whom we are brought in contact, and the closer our connections with our fellow-men, the greater our responsibility.
Every opportunity should be improved to extend the truth to other nations. This will be attended by considerable expenses, but expense should in no case hinder the performance of this work. The Lord has lent men means for this very purpose, to use in sending the truth to their fellow-men.
Instead of our ministering brethren labouring among the churches, God designs that we should spread abroad, and our missionary labor be extended over as much ground as we can possibly occupy to advantage, going in every direction to raise up new companies. As long as churches rely upon labourers from abroad to strengthen and encourage their faith, they will not become strong in themselves. They should be instructed that their strength will increase in proportion to their personal efforts. The more closely the New Testament plans are followed in missionary labour, the more successful will be the efforts put forth.
This article was originally published as “Ye Shall Be Witnesses Unto Me” in the June 1899 issue of The Advance, a quarterly periodical printed in New Zealand. Seventh-day Adventists believe that Ellen G. White (1827-1915) exercised the biblical gift of prophecy during more than 70 years of public ministry.
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