The mission of the Church | Adventist Review

Jhe mission of the church of Jesus Christ is to save perishing sinners. It is to make the love of God known to men, and to win them over to Christ by the efficacy of this love.

The truth for this time must be carried to the dark corners of the earth. This work can start at home. Followers of Christ are not to lead selfish lives, but [be] imbued with the spirit of Christ, then they will work in harmony with Christ.

How often do we hear professional Christians complaining, I don’t like religion. There is a most painfully marked contrast between the professed followers of Christ today and those who followed him in the midst of persecution and peril. The writings of the apostles have been given to us in times of distress, perplexity and adversity, and these compositions show a depth of Christian experience and triumphant joy which is seldom now seen in the writings of those who profess to believe the truth and live in obedience. to her.

Joy in the service of Christ

There is a cause for the current coldness and disbelief. The love of the world, the cares of life, separate the soul from God. The water of life must be in us and flow from us, springing up to eternal life.

We have to determine what God is working in. If the Christian wants to enjoy the truth and the light of life, he must increase his efforts to bring others to the knowledge of the truth. His life should be characterized by effort, self-sacrifice and sacrifice to do good to others, and there will be no complaints of lack of pleasure.

Angels are always committed to working for the happiness of others. This is their joy. What to selfish hearts would be considered humiliating service of ministry to those who are wretched and in every respect inferior in character and rank, is the work of pure and sinless angels in the royal courts of heaven.

The spirit of Christ, self-sacrificing love, is the spirit that pervades heaven and is the very essence of his beatitude. Those who have no particular pleasure in seeking to be a blessing to others, in working even at a sacrifice to benefit them, cannot have the spirit of Christ and of heaven, for they have no union with the work of the angels, and cannot partake in the bliss which gives elevated joy to the heavenly angels.

Christ said there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance. If such is the joy of angels in seeing sinners repent, will it not be the joy of sinners saved by the blood of Christ? Then, working in harmony with Christ and the holy angels will give bliss and joy that cannot be realized apart from this work.

The Need for Selfless Works

The principle of the cross of Christ submits each believing soul to a heavy contribution to deny itself, to give light and to give of its means. If they are [in] connection with heaven, they will be engaged in work in harmony with the angels.

The principle of worldlings is to gather, to get all they can, for the selfish love of gain is the guiding principle of their life. The result, realized, is crime and misery. The purest joy to be found is not in riches, not where lust is ever ardent, but where contentment reigns and self-sacrificing love is the guiding principle.

There are thousands who pass their lives in indulgence, and their hearts are filled with regret. They fall victim to selfishness and discontent in the vain effort to indulge minds. But misfortune is imprinted on the very face, and behind them is like a desolate desert, because [they are] not fruitful in good works.

Inasmuch as the love of Christ fills our hearts and controls our lives, covetousness, selfishness and the love of ease will be overcome, and it will be satisfied. [i.e., fit] do the will of Christ, whose servants we claim to be. Our happiness will be proportionate to our selfless works, motivated by the love of Christ.

Seventh-day Adventists believe that Ellen G. White (1827-1915) exercised the biblical gift of prophecy for over 70 years of public ministry. This excerpt is taken from Manuscript 6, 1872.

Charles K. Eckert