Adjusting Our Scale
It is in the nature of a remnant people to think of itself as small, outnumbered, and apart. That’s what remnants are.
And while the 17 million members of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church are certainly only a small percentage of a global population of 7 billion people, our movement is no longer small among global Christian faiths.
Few Christian denominations share the international connectedness in faith, organization, and mission that Adventists do: almost none operate in more than 200 nations, as Adventists do. Our educational and health-care systems are the largest Protestant networks of their kind, touching millions of lives with Christ-centered teaching and healing. Millions of persons who are nowhere listed as baptized members of the church already count themselves as Seventh-day Adventists—perhaps those “sheep from other folds” whom Jesus said would hear His voice.
It should not surprise us then to discover that faithful Seventh-day Adventists are now beginning to emerge in high-profile positions in the arts, in media, in government, and in sports. Jesus has His faithful ones in every kind of honest endeavor—working to promote justice, feed His little ones, sing His praises on the public stage, and show the world the benefits of the healthy Adventist lifestyle.
This month’s cover feature about Abel Kirui, the Adventist marathon runner who won silver at the 2012 London Olympics, is just one illustration of dozens of similar stories that could be written. Excellence endures—it goes the distance. And when it is done in the name of Jesus and as a witness to His kingdom, the world takes notice.
As you read this edition of Adventist World, pray for those whom Jesus is calling to stand in the public square—or run through it! In the heart of every one of His faithful remnant burns a desire to grow His kingdom and hasten His coming.
And who knows? The next story of excellence may very well be the one that the Spirit is even now writing through your life.