Are YOU Doing YOUR Part?
Manyare not doing the work God has called them to do. Are you?
Read this article to be sure.
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The Greatest work and the most important work on this earth today is the WORK OF GOD!
God’s work involves all nations and people! It is going to affect the future of all mankind! He is just now preparing the stage for end-time cataclysmic events which will shake this world to its senses.
You Have Your Part
You are called to have a vital and necessary part in that work. You probably do not remotely realize the tremendous responsibility that God has laid upon our shoulders, because you have not yet perceived what great things God is doing, and will do through His Church.
This work requires the diligent and zealous labor of all those in the Church, and yet many of you are not doing your part! Many of you do not realize the seriousness of the time. You do not realize your particular part in completing the work that God has given us to do.
We know too many who sit on the sidelines and criticize those who are doing the work, while they fail miserably to perform what God has called them personally to do. This should not be!
This is not a one man work, nor is it alone the work of God’s ministry. It is the responsibility and work of the complete body of Christ--the whole Church God. No man , or group of men, no local congregation can alone perform the tremendous task which God has laid before us. It requires the power of the Spirit of God within all of us working zealously together to perform this mighty task.
This Prophecy Concerns You
There is a prophecy which has been read in your hearing many times over on the program that you probably do not even yet fully realize. It is a prophecy which vitally and personally affects you wherever you are. It involves many things that you probably do not realize.
Jesus Christ foretold these days in which we live. He said that in this end time His work would be accomplished.
“And this gospel of the Kingdom SHALL be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14).
This prophecy concerns you personally-not just the ministry of God’s Church. It requires the collective efforts of all Gods people, empowered by the Holy Spirit of God to fulfill this vital end-time prophecy.
No other work-no other churches are preaching this same gospel of the Kingdom to the world today.
This prophecy is the end-time fulfillment of the Great Commission that Jesus Christ gave to His Apostles before He returned to heaven. He commanded His Church--His ministry-to preach this gospel to the world as a witness “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20).
No other church is teaching the world to observe the things that Christ commanded. The churches today do not believe in observing anything except those pagan holidays which God condemns.They do not observe the things that God commanded, and which Christ and the New Testament Church did observe.
Preparing the Way for Christ We each pray almost daily “Thy kingdom come” as Jesus Christ instructed us in the ”Lord’s Prayer.” We also sing fervently “Come thou Almighty King.” But do you realize that Christ our King will not come till you and all of the others in God’s Church, empowered by the Spirit of God, have performed this work first?
God has given us a very singular and wonderful work to do. A work that He has called no other generation to do. No other people have had such a wonderful opportunity. And yet, most of us do not fully realize or recognize it.
In a sense, God has called us to PREPARE THE WAY for Christ's return. What a wonderful thought, that God has entrusted us with such a vital mission in this end time!
Many Do Not Answer the CallGod states that He has opened a great door for us (Rev. 3:8) and yet sometimes we are hardly able to take advantage of the many, many opportunities — doors — that He does open up to us.
WHY IS THIS SO?
Why is it continually necessary for this great work of God to be so needful of SUFFICIENT FUNDS to carry out this work and to go through new doors God is opening?
Why is it that the ministry is compelled to frequently send out impassioned pleas for help?
Why is it that only a small fraction of God's Church recently responded to his urgent request for pledges?
The reason is made very plain in the Scriptures. It is not God's fault. God is calling many thousands of people. But ONLY A FEW OF THOSE whom God has called to send in of their tithes and offerings ARE ANSWERING that call. Only a PART of those whom God has called into His Church are faithfully doing their financial part or praying as they should.
THAT IS THE REASON! Many are not answering the call of God to SERVE FINANCIALLY. Some of those who do answer are not faithful in continuing their devotion and service to God. They either do not regularly send in tithes and offerings, or they are not faithful in continuing.
Willing to Serve?There are many people who are perfectly willing to say: "Here am I, Lord, send me." But when it gets right down to the details, these people are NOT WILLING to serve God UNCONDITIONALLY, WITHOUT RESERVATION, WITHOUT ANY STRINGS ATTACHED. There are many who would want to be sent as evangelists or office managers. But few are willing to be sent or to serve in WHATEVER capacity God assigns them!
God's Work Is Growing!In spite of all the need, God's work is still growing at a tremendous rate. Much work is being done. Much fruit is being borne. Thousands of lives are being changed continually, and people are turning to God's way of life for the first time in their life.
Baptismal Tour Shows Fruit of God's WorkSome of the fruit of this work has been brought to my attention in recent weeks. I was very happy to have the privilege of going on one of our baptizing tours for just two and one-half weeks. Assisting me was Mr. Bill Winner. We met many people from all walks of life who are having their lives changed as a result of this work of God. This reminded me of Christ's parable of the seed as found in Matthew 13. He explained that many do hear the word of God but do not fully understand it. Even those things which they do understand are caught away by Satan. We met several people just like that on our tour. They had heard the word of the Kingdom of God which Christ preached over the broadcast. They understood a few things, and came to us for more. But in several cases, what little they did understand was being snatched away by Satan.
I am reminded of a young man in just this situation. He had heard the broadcast and understood many of the things concerning the truth. But he did not do as the Bereans did to prove whether these things are so (Acts 17:11), and search the Scriptures daily. He went to the "higher critics" for proof as to whether or not God's Word was inspired. He was not grounded in the Word of God yet, so only confusion and questions resulted. Satan, through his "higher critics," was snatching away what little this young man understood.
Weighed in the Balance?The city of San Francisco is also an example of what Christ said in this parable. Here is one of the great cities of this present civilization, of some one million people.
In Their "First Love"!How joyful it is to meet people who are now in their "first love, and who are zealous for the work of God. One example was a very fine Puerto Rican couple. The wife could not read English, nor understand English well. Her husband had to translate many of our comments into Spanish. He had really studied very diligently in God's Word. In fact he would put many of our brethren who have had the privilege of a better education to shame. He had really been feeding on the good Word of God. Now, he was willing to repent of his own sinful ways and follow Jesus Christ. Even though his wife could not understand or speak English very well, she had really yielded her life to God. Her fine attitude was far more evident than many that we met on our tour.
Ambassador ProspectWe met one young man who was just 17 1/2 years old. His father and mother were of an entirely different religion, and his older brother had completed three years at a theological seminary. Even with such a background, he had been listening to the broadcast for several years, had completed approximately 23 lessons in the Correspondence Course, and had really learned many of the ways of God. Not many young men would apply themselves in learning God's true ways at this age under such circumstances. This young man determined that he wanted to attend the College and has now been accepted. Here is one example of some of the fine young people that God is calling to this college.
A woman we met had been looking for God's Church all her life. She had looked first in one church and then another. Everywhere she looked she could not find God's true Church. One of her friends, who was of the Jehovah Witness sect, made comments about our broadcast. She asked about the broadcast, and was told where to find it on her radio. She listened to the broadcast at last she had found God's Church! How joyful she was to have the opportunity to find God's Church in this end time.
We met a young couple who had been listening to the broadcast less than six months. In that short time they had come to a complete attitude of repentance. And yet we met others who had been listening to the broadcast for fifteen or more years, and were no closer to repentance now than when they first heard it. They still were not willing to obey God.
One young wife and mother we met had been reared in the Mormon religion. She told us how her mother formerly had a very serious illness. Her mother heard the broadcast, and came to the College to have one of God's ministers anoint her with oil according to the command of James 5. She came here on crutches, and went away with-out using them! GOD HEALED HER BEFORE SHE EVEN LEFT THE CAMPUS! This was a real witness to the daughter. The daughter then began to listen to the broadcast and to study the literature. She told us that she was the type of person who believed in going all the way or not at all. Finally she came to the point where she realized she would have to either reject this knowledge or do something about it. At first she decided to reject it. She burned all of the literature that she had received from us. Later she again turned back to God. She really did come to complete and true repentance, and was baptized.
You Had a Part Too!We only reaped a small harvest on our very short tour. Other tours spent the whole summer crossing the United States visiting people similar to this. All of these tours saw many scores of lives being changed through the power of God's Holy Spirit, and through the message that is heard over the broadcast. But do you realize that YOU HAD A VERY VITAL AND IMPORTANT PART IN THIS HARVEST? Do you realize it would have been impossible for us to have even gone on a tour without the collective labor of all of God's Church. Without the tithes and offerings of God's people, we could not have gone. It was imperative that we had the prayers of all God's people back of us. But this was only a very small part of this great work of God. It would be impossible to have the broadcast going to the world without our combined support, WITH the power of God.
God Gives the IncreaseAfter we do all that we can, there is still much that is lacking. Let's compare it to a farmer who grows vegetables. Someone must first go out and prepare the soil for the seed. The ground must be fertilized and ploughed. Another may go out later and sow the seed. After that it is necessary that the ground be watered, and the weeds removed. After a length of time the vegetables are harvested. Many people may be involved, instead of the work of one man. But who gives the increase? Paul explained in I Cor. 3:6-9 that he had planted the seed, and Apollos had watered. GOD GAVE THE INCREASE!
Don't You Make Excuse!The seed is now being sown through the broadcast and through the literature. Many are being called but few are answering the call. Even many of you in God's Church are not doing the part that God has called you to do. Therefore it seems we have a continual need of funds and of qualified spiritual leaders among our laymen.
Called to WorkGod has not called us to a social club, but He has called us to WORK! We are not called to be independent, but we are a part of one body. We have a joint work to do, a spiritual work as Christ explained in John 6:27. Verse 28 mentions the work of God. That work is to believe on Christ, to DO the things that He said, to FULFILL THE COMMISSION that He gave us.
Back Up Those at the "Front"!You should "back up" those whom God has put in the "front of the battle," with all your might. You should give your life completely and unreservedly to God without any strings attached. Be willing to serve God no matter how menial a task He might give you to do. Exhort and help others, encourage them in the ways of God.