Wednesday, August 31, 2016

1888 Glad Tidings : Insight #10, September 3, 2016

Third Quarter 2016 Adult Sabbath School Lessons
Jesus Won Their Confidence
September 3, 2016

Praise God for this quarter's Sabbath School lessons on reaching the poor, the wealthy, the disadvantaged, homeless, outcasts and otherwise who must be allured with "this most precious message." It is a given that we can never reach them unless God fills our hearts with His unconditional, changeless, self-denying, self-sacrificing love (Agape).

You and I are the church.  Jesus and the Father, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in latter rain power, can only lighten the world with His glory as you and I minister to individuals in our circle of influence with the good news. Then together, as a church, we will reach the world for Jesus. He said, "This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come" (Matt. 24:14)

Ellen White comments, "The work of God in this earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work and unite their efforts with those of the ministry". (Christian Service p. 68)

Jesus will still win the confidence of sinners, "When we love the world as He loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven, for we have heaven in our hearts" (DA 641). (I highly recommend reading the whole chapter: "The Least of These My Brethren"). If each of us wins one to Christ each year and those win one each year, the work will soon be finished.

~Jesus through Lloyd Knecht (Edited)