Friday, April 3, 2015

Our High Calling

All who are consecrated to God will be channels of light.  God makes them His agents to communicate to others the riches of His grace.  His promise is, "I will make them and the places round about My hill  a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing."  Ezekiel 34:26.

Philip said to Nathanael, "Come and see"  He did not ask him to accept another's testimony, but to behold Christ for himself. Now that Jesus has ascended to heaven, His disciples are His representatives among men, and one of the most effective ways of winning souls to Him is in exemplifying His character in our daily life.  Our influence upon others depends not so much upon what we say, as upon what we are.  Men may combat and defy our logic, they may resist our appeals; but a life of disinterested love is an argument they cannot gainsay.  A consistent life, characterized by the meekness of Christ, is a power in the world.

The teaching of Christ was the expression of an inwrought conviction and experience, and those who learn of Him become teachers after the divine order.  The word of God, spoken by one who is himself sanctified through it , has a life-giving power that makes it attractive to the hearers, and convicts them that it is a living reality.  When one has received the truth in the love of it, he will make this manifest in the persuasion of his manner and the tones of his voice.  He makes known that which he himself has heard, seen, and handled of the word of life,  that others may have fellowship with him through the knowledge of Christ.  His testimony, from lips touched with a live coal from off the altar, is truth to the receptive heart, and works sanctification upon the character.

The angels of God are ever passing from earth to heaven, and from heaven to earth.  The miracles of Christ for the afflicted and suffering were wrought by the power of God through the ministration of the angels.  And it is through Christ, by the ministration of his heavenly messengers, that every blessing comes from God to us.  In taking up fallen sons and daughters of Adam, while through His divinity He grasps the throne of God.  And thus Christ is the medium of communication of men with God, and of God with men.

(It is a wonderful thing that we have a mediator between us and God the Father.  He is our lawyer, so to speak who stands in our place before the Father to intercede in our behalf.  We always have this very important intercession going on in our behalf.  We must commit our lives over to Christ and He will take care of us as long as we stay connected.  If we become disconnected He will do everything in His power to bring us back into connection again.  Let's stay connected, what do you say?  Grandma Joan.)
These thoughts were taken from the book the Desire of Ages chapter 14.

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