“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abided in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5.
But though you may be weak, erring, and sinful, the Lord holds out to you the offer of partnership with Himself. He invites you to come under divine instruction. Uniting with Christ, you may work the works of God. “Without Me,” Christ said, “ye can do nothing.”
Through the prophet Isaiah is given the promise: “Thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward.” Isaiah 58: 8. It is the righteousness of Christ that goes before us, and this is the glory of the Lord which is to be our rearward. Ye churches of the living God, study this promise, and consider how your lack of faith, of spirituality, of divine power, is hindering the coming of the kingdom of God. If you would go forth to do Christ’s work, angels of God would open the way before you, preparing hearts to receive the gospel. Were every one of you a living missionary, the message for this time would speedily be proclaimed in all countries, to every people and nation and tongue. This is the work that must be done before Christ shall come in power and great glory. I call upon the church to pray earnestly that you may understand your responsibilities. Are you
individually labourers together with God? If not, why not? When do you mean to do your heaven-appointed work? –Testimony Treasures, vol. 3, p. 71.
Questions to think about:
What is the glory of the Lord which is to be our reward? What does it mean?
Am I hindering the coming of the kingdom of God?
Are you individually labourers together with God? If not, why not?
When will you start to do your heaven-appointed work?