April 26, 2016 | Pasay City
There’s an illustration I heard from Pastor Adap of an odd cockroach. What made it so fascinating was that it was gliding at on its back. Scrooching down a bit to inspect closely the head turner, he discovered, much to his amazement that the pitiful creature was in fact loot of a
found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as possession. Do not take us over the Jordan” (Numbers 36:5). It should be understood that about this time, the Israelites were to cross over Jordan River; they were to prepare to conquer Jericho and other surrounding nations and nally enter the land promised. There was just too much waging and conquering to do on the other side of the river that Moses
church, young, old, ministers and lay, employed or unemployed, schooled or unschooled – ALL – every member who accept the light of God’s messages to go forth as God’s ambassadors, to echo and reecho to the four corners of the earth the glad tidings of Christ’s life, death, resurrection and His imminent return. It means everyone is to engage in evangelism either through public meetings, personal witnessing, or
colony of tiny red ants. As he stared lazily at the procession, a realization hit him: A heavy load becomes lighter when everyone shares with the burden.
After the defeat of the Midianites, the tribes of Reuben and Gad who had great multitude of herd spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation requesting that the land of Jazer which they subdued be given to them as possession; the region was an ideal place for livestock. They said, “If we have
needed to get hold of the total involvement of their forces. It was then of no surprise why Moses responded the way he did. He said, “Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here?” (v 6)
“Reach the World.” This is the strategic and evangelistic thrust of the World Church which our very own Union adopted for the next ve years. In this initiative, one of the areas of focus is the Total Member Involvement in witnessing and evangelism. It challenges all members of the
small group gatherings, in various methods to communicate to the world the truths committed to the Lord’s church today.
As it was in the time of the ancient Israel, now awaits territories and people to be conquered, not with arms and weapons but with Christ’s saving grace. This calls for the entire force of our church; it includes you and me. “The harvest indeed is plentiful but the workers are few” (Mattew 9:37). While we, ministers can do our part, we can
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never perform the work that the church should do.
“The work of God in this earth can never be nished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work to unite their e orts with those of ministers and church o cers” (Testimonies for the Church, Volume 9, page 117).
In the book of Acts, we nd record how the early church had grown in number. “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common . . . So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, breaking bread from house to house . . . praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:44, 46-47).
Notice the quanti er “ALL.” Scripture doesn’t say some, or few, or most of the believers. It doesn’t say “only” the apostles. It says “ALL who believed.” These e orts of the believers combined with the ministration of divine have resulted in the salvation of many.
Similarly, the great commission to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15) is not for gospel workers alone. These
words are spoken to each one of us professing to be followers of Christ. All who are ordained unto the life of Christ are ordained to work for the salvation of their fellow men. The minister’s work is the lay member’s work as well. We are to work hand and hand. Heart should be bound to heart.
Moses must have been pretty disappointed with these tribes for their audacity to make such request. But the children of Reuben and Gad were quick to assure Moses of their full support: “But we ourselves will be armed, ready to go before the children of Israel. . . We will not return to our homes until every one of the children of Israel has received his inheritance” (Mark 32:17-18).
Church, people of God, I challenge you, ALL of you – no one exempted, to become involved in the mission of the church far more than you have ever been before. Involve in evangelism, for this is the lifeblood of the church. You all have a role to play. You all are integral in the nishing of the work. Had only a few ants carried the cockroach, it would have been impossible to even lift it. It would have been a di erent story if the tribes of Gad and Reuben did not unite with the other tribes to war.
The early church would have not grown tremendously in number if not ALL believers involved.
Now is the time we revolutionize our thinking! Now is the time we get out of our comfort zones and like our Savior endure hardship, inconveniences, rejection for perishing souls Christ died for. If we are not to go out to reach out to the lost, who will? We have long been waiting for Christ’s Second Advent, but have we done enough to nish the work? It’s about time we do something for our friends in the dark. It’s about time we do something for Jesus!
The elds are all ripening, and far and wide
The world now is waiting the harvest tide:
But reapers are few, and the work is great, And much will be lost should the harvest wait.
Where are the reapers? O who will come
And share in the glory of the harvest home?
O who will help us to garner in The sheaves of good
from the elds of sin?
“Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here?”
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.