One Sabbath afternoon at a luncheon, I met a former Bible Worker, who asked me what the theme of my ministry was. I told him the cross of Christ. He sneered and told me my theme was rather cliche. He very proudly went on to tell me that his theme was the health message.
I wonder how many people have thought Paul’s ministry was cliche?
For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2 NLT
When I first became a literature evangelist many years ago, I was sitting in the conference president’s office along with a few other L.E.s talking about which book we should promote. A few of them said The Great Controversy. It tells us all about the Sabbath and the mark of the beast. I then suggested The Desire of Ages. I explained why. Unless people are in love with Jesus, it won’t do any good to warn them about last day events. The Desire of Ages helps us fall in love with Jesus. Granted there is plenty of Jesus in the Great Controversy as well. It is also a Christ-centered book. However, warning about the end time events will not do any good unless people’s hearts are broken and they have fallen in love with Jesus.
If telling people that Jesus loved them enough to say goodbye to life forever in order to save them, does not make then want to see Jesus then warning them about last-day events will not do any good.
A while back a man joined our church who just wanted to talk about last-day conspiracy theories. One time when he was having such a discussion, I tried to get him to talk about his experience with Jesus and how his relationship with Jesus has changed his life. He could not do it. He could talk about Sunday laws and theories of how the mark of the beast would be distributed, but he could not talk about how Jesus had changed his life.
All are tested in different ways. On September 11, 2001, when several terrorists were willing to die if they could just kill others too, God magnified himself in the many rescue workers who were also willing to die if they could just save someone else!
Different people are tested in different ways. The rescue workers on 9-11 were not given the Sabbath test. But some followed Jesus by denying themselves and dying just like He did. Some of us will be tested with the Sabbath test one day. Whatever test we meet, we will be able to pass with flying colors if we fall in love with Jesus and make Him and Him crucified the theme of our lives.
You may study this week’s SS Lesson here.
For me, you always have the right answer. I remember that I had to be (figuertively) knocked down with nowhere to look but up, to face my Savior and myself. I had to make instant changes in my life, and with Christ’s help ,I did. I still slip, and He is there to remind me and pick me up, shaking me with the truth. Amen. Thanks for your believing in me too.l dj
Hi William, Must say you are on the right track to give the answer as Jesus is the main focal point of your message. We must understand that Jesus is the Savior and can make us a new creation by giving us His mind, that is to think on spiritual things that we had no interest in before coming to know Him. He gives us the fruits of the Spirit, (His mind) is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
That is why I claim the life’s verse of Galatians 2:20.
It is good to be able to discern the times that we are in but without the born again experience, all this knowledge won’t do a person any good.
Keep up the good work of proclaiming that there is one God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ and inviting people to come to know him as personal savior from sin. Lovingly, Lillie Passwaiter