_______ March 31 ______
NO PLACE FOR IDLENESS
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.__Colossians 3:23__
Some may say, “If the Lord is coming soon, what need is there to establish schools, sanitariums, and food factories? What need is there for our young people to learn trades?” It is the Lord’s design that we shall constantly’ improve the talents He has given us. We cannot do this unless we use them The prospect of Christ’s soon coming should not lead us to idleness. Instead, it. should lead us to do all we possibly can to bless and benefit humanity. No idler is guiltless in the Lord’s sight.
Bible religion never makes men idlers. We believe that Christ’s coming is near. Then let every one make the most of his God-given time in seeking to prepare himself and others for this great event. Teach the importance of life’s duties to those who are wasting their opportunities. (Letter 25, February 5, 1902)
Jesus consents to bear our burdens only when we trust Him. He is saying: “Come unto Me, all ye weary and heavy-laden; give Me your load; trust Me to do the work that it is impossible for the human agent to do.” Let us trust Him. Worry is blind and cannot discern the future. But Jesus sees the end from the beginning, and in every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Abiding in Christ, we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, 297-298)
You who are waiting in idle expectation that God will perform some wonderful miracle to enlighten the world in regard to the truth, I want to ask you if you have employed the means that God has provided for the advancement of his cause? You who pray for light and truth from heaven, have you studied the Scriptures? Have you desired “the sincere milk of the word,” that you may grow thereby? Have you submitted yourselves to the revealed command? “Thou shalt,” and “thou shall not,” are definite requirements, and there is no place for idleness in the Christian life. … There is work, earnest work, to be done for the Master. The evils condemned in God’s word, must be overcome. (The Review and Herald, July 17, 1888)