My Mission, My World
Doing the work of Him who sends us.
By Ellen G. White
Self-importance, vanity, and pride should in no case be mingled with the sacred work. Those who become lifted up because they can do something in the cause of God will be in danger of marring the work by their self-conceit, and they will ruin their own souls.
All who are connected with the work of God should make their mission as attractive as possible, that they may create no distaste for the truth in consequence of their demeanor. Self must be hid in Jesus, and those who labor for God must have characters with a pleasant flavor. Now is the time to put forth earnest efforts. Men and women are needed to work in the great missionary field with determined effort, praying and weeping, [to] sow the precious seed of truth in imitation of the Redeemer, who was the Prince of missionaries.
Our work is to spread
the light of truth
to elevate, ennoble,
and bless humanity.
Christ left the royal courts of heaven; He left His high command, and for our sakes became poor, that we through His poverty might be made rich. He labored in His vineyard among the hills of Galilee, and at last bedewed with His own blood the seed which He had sown. When the harvest of the earth shall be gathered into heaven’s garner, and Christ shall then look upon the saints redeemed, He will see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied.
He who gives increased talents to those who have made a wise improvement of the talents intrusted to them is pleased to acknowledge the services of His believing people in the Beloved, through whose strength and grace they have wrought. Those who have sought the development and perfection of Christian character by exercising their faculties in good works, in sowing the seeds of truth beside all waters, will, in the world to come, reap that which they have sown. The work begun upon earth will reach its consummation in the higher and holier life, to endure through all eternity. The self-denial and self-sacrifice required in the cultivation of the heart in doing the works of Christ will be infinitely overbalanced by the rich reward of the eternal weight of glory, the joys of the life which measure with the life of God.
Living for Jesus
None of us should feel content to save merely our own souls. Those who appreciate the plan of salvation, the infinite price paid for man’s redemption, will not live for themselves alone. They will have the deepest interest to save their fellow men, that Christ may not have died for them in vain.
All heaven is interested in the salvation of souls, and all who are partakers of the heavenly benefits will feel an intense anxiety that this interest manifested in heaven may not be in vain. They will on earth cooperate with the angels in heaven, by manifesting their appreciation of the value of souls for whom Christ has died. They will, through their earnest, judicious labor, bring many to the fold of Christ. Not one who is a partaker of the divine nature will be indifferent in this matter.
The world is our field; with a firm hold on God for His strength and His grace we may move forward in the pathway of duty, as colaborers with the Redeemer of the world. Our work is to spread the light of truth and advance the work of moral reform, to elevate, ennoble, and bless humanity. We should apply the principles of Christ’s sermon on the mount to every move that we make, and then trust the consequences with God.
The Joy of Service
“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
If God and Christ and angels rejoice when even one sinner repents and becomes obedient to Christ, should not man be imbued with the same spirit, and work for time and for eternity with persevering effort to save, not only his own soul, but the souls of others?
If you work in this direction with wholehearted interest as the followers of Christ, discharging every duty, improving every opportunity, your own souls will be gradually settling into the mold of a perfect Christian. The heart will not be sere and unfeeling. The spiritual life will not be dwarfed. The heart will glow with the impress of the divine image; for it will be in close sympathy with God. The whole life will flow out with cheerful readiness in channels of love and sympathy for humanity. Self will be forgotten, and the ways of this class will be established
in God. In watering others, their own souls will be watered.
The stream flowing through their souls is from a living spring, and is flowing out to others in good deeds, in earnest, unselfish effort for their salvation. In order to be a fruitful tree, the soul must derive its support and nourishment from the Fountain of Life, and must be in harmony with the Creator.
All who are faithful workers for God will yield their spirit and all their powers a willing sacrifice to Him. The Spirit of God operating upon their spirit calls forth the sacred harmonies of the soul in the answer to the divine touch. This is true sanctification, as revealed in the Word of God. It is the work of a lifetime.
And that which the Spirit of God has begun upon the earth for the perfection of man, glory shall crown in the mansions of God…. The moments now granted us to work are few. We are standing upon the very borders of the eternal world. We have no time to lose. Every moment is golden, and altogether too precious to be devoted merely to self-serving.
Who will seek God earnestly, and from Him draw strength and grace to be His faithful workers in the missionary field? Individual effort is essential for the success of this work.
Seventh-day Adventists believe Ellen G. White exercised the biblical gift of prophecy during more than 70 years of public ministry. This article is excerpted from one that first appeared in the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, now the Adventist Review, January 2, 1879.