Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
— Philippians 2:3,4, NLT
As the chosen people of God we cannot copy the habits, aims, practices, or fashions of the world.
As the Lord sees fit, He imparts to those who keep His way, power that enables them to exert a strong influence for good. On God they are dependent, and to Him they must give an account of the way in which they use the talents He has entrusted to them. They are to realize that they are God’s stewards and are to seek to magnify His name.
Those whose affections are set on God will succeed. They will lose sight of self in Christ, and worldly attractions will have no power to allure them from their allegiance.
Christ’s first advent is not studied as it should be. He came to be our example in all things. His life was one of strict self-denial.
Never are we to seek for outward show. Let our showing be such that the light of truth can shine through our good works, so that God will be glorified by the use of the very best methods to restore the sick and to relieve the suffering.
Our means is to be used in providing cheerful rooms, healthful surroundings, and wholesome food.
It is not rich furniture; it is not tables loaded with delicacies, that will give our work influence and success. It is the faith that works by love and purifies the soul; it is the atmosphere of grace that surrounds the believer, the Holy Spirit working upon mind and heart, that makes him a savor of life unto life, and enables God to bless his work.
God can communicate with His people today and give them wisdom to do His will, even as He communicated with His people of old and gave them wisdom.
Take time to ask counsel of Him. The voice of prayer and the melody of holy song should ascend as sweet incense. All should realize their entire dependence upon God.
They are to be laborers together with God. “Looking unto Jesus” is ever to be our motto. And the assurance is: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.”
— Testimonies for the Church Volume 7, p.90-94
Let the light of truth shine through your good works. Glorify God by using the best methods to restore the sick and relieve the suffering.
Enable God to bless His work by a faith that works by love and purifies the soul. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s working on mind and heart.
Communicate with God, seek wisdom to do His will.
Take time to ask counsel of God realizing your entire dependence on Him. Let your prayer and the melody of holy song ascend as sweet incense.