...We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.
— Colossians 1:9,10, HCSB
The church has been appointed as the medium through which divine light is to shine into the moral darkness of this world, and the peace-giving beams of the Sun of righteousness fall upon the hearts of men.
Personal labor with individuals and with families constitutes a part of the work to be done... Radiant with the spirit and power of the truth, the people of God must go forth to a world lying in darkness, to make manifest the light of the glory of God.
He who once spake as never man spake, who wore the garb of humanity, is still the Great Teacher. As you follow in his footsteps, seeking the lost, angels will draw near, and through the illumination of the Spirit of God, greater knowledge will be obtained as to the best ways and means for accomplishing the work committed to your hands.
In order that we may meet the ranks of the adversary with success, there is earnest work to be done. We must study the word of God, we must pray in secret, we must assemble and agree as to the explicit things that we would have God do for us and for his cause. We must counsel together, and open every plan to those with whom we are connected, that every method may be critically examined, and the very best chosen. We should pray that God will direct in all our plans, that no mistake may be made.
The gospel is dependent on the personal piety of its believers for its aggressive power... Every soul is to be a bright and shining light, showing forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
“Ye are laborers together with God,” yes, laborers; that means doing earnest service in the vineyard of the Lord. There are souls to be saved,—souls in our churches, in our Sabbath-schools, and in our neighborhoods.
— The Review and Herald, March 24, 1891
Follow in the footsteps of the Great Teacher in seeking the lost, angels will draw near.
Study the word of God. Pray in secret about the things we would have God do for us and for His cause.
Assemble and counsel together. Open every plan with those we are connected that every method may be critically examined and the very best chosen.
Pray that God will direct in all our plans so that no mistakes may be made.