I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints,
— Ephesians 1:17, 18, HCSB
It is for our present and eternal interests to make friends with Jesus.
Jesus alone can impart to us the light which it is essential for us to have. We should be more diligent students in the school of Christ than we now are. We should study the word of God more earnestly, that we may know the way, the truth, and the life.
By beholding his purity and perfection, we shall be changed into the same image. If Christ is dwelling in us, we shall reveal him in all our actions, and we shall see new charms in him every day. It is impossible to tell what work God will do for us and through us, If we will only consent to become channels of light.
The mission of Christ to this earth was to direct erring human beings to God, to lead them to seek for holiness of character, to lead them to pray to Him that is mighty in counsel. Confess your sins to God, and he will never betray your trust.
Do not depend on the ministers to do all the work in your church and neighborhood. The pastors must seek the lost sheep, and you must help them; and while the ministers are called to labor in other parts of the vineyard, the people of God must have light in themselves, speaking to each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts and making melody unto the Lord.
When you assemble in the house of God, tell your experiences, and you will grow stronger. While you speak in meeting, you are gaining an education that will enable you to labor for others. What a precious privilege it is to bring souls to Christ. It is the greatest work that mortals can do, for in so doing they are co-laborers with God. But of ourselves we can do nothing. If we try to work in our own strength, we shall fail completely. Jesus came to our world to bring divine power to combine with human effort. When God unites his power with man’s effort, the work is brought to perfection.
God wants to do great things for his people; and if we only have faith in him, he will work for us mightily.
— The Review and Herald, May 7, 1889
Be a student in the school of Christ. Study the word of God more earnestly that you may know the way, the truth and the life.
Behold His purity and perfection, see new charms in Christ every day. Consent to become a channel of light.
Be a co-labor with Christ in His mission to lead others to pray to Him that is mighty in counsel.
When you assemble in the house of God, tell your experiences and you will gain an education that will enable you to labor for others.