“As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17.
In view of what might be done if the church would meet its God-given responsibilities, will its members sleep on, or will they arouse to a sense of the honour conferred upon them through the merciful providence of God? Will they gather up their hereditary trusts, avail themselves of the present light, and feel the necessity of rising to meet the urgent emergency that now presents itself? Oh, that all may arouse and manifest to the world that theirs is a living faith, that a vital issue is before the world, that Jesus will soon come. Let men see that we believe that we are on the borders of the eternal world.
The up building of the kingdom of God is retarded or urged forward according to the unfaithfulness or fidelity of human agencies. The work is hindered by the failure of the human to co-operate with the divine. Men may pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is done in heaven;” but if they fail of acting out this prayer in their lives, their petitions will be fruitless. –Testimony Treasures, vol. 3, p. 70.
Questions to think about:
Are we awake and do we manifest to the world that we are faithful people or are we waiting for someone else to finish the work?
Do we witness to the people around us that we believe we are on the borders of the eternal world?
Why is our work hindered by failure? Do we personally cooperate with Heaven? Do we pray without acting?