Friday, June 5
FURTHER STUDY: “Who has the heart? With whim are our thoughts? Of whom do we love to converse? Who has our warmest affections and our best energies? If we are Christ’s, our thoughts are with Him, and our sweetest thoughts are of Him. All we have and are is consecrated to Hi. We long to bear His image, breathe His spirit, do His will, and please Him in all things.”-Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 58.
“In our life here, earthly, sin-restricted though it is, the greatest joy and the highest educations are in service And in the future state, untrammeled by the limitations of sinful humanity, it is in service that our greatest joy and our highest education will be found-witnessing, and ever as we witness learning a new ‘the riches of the glory of this mystery;’ ‘which is Christ in you, the hoe of glory.’ Colossians 1:27’”-Ellen G. White, Education, p. 309.
1. Jesus called the rich and successful farmer a fool (Luke 12:20). One may not be rich or successful, but what makes one a fool in the sight of God?
2. In some of our churches, we see two groups; first, the professionals, business executives, church and community leaders, and the influential, all who get respect, notice, and regard; second, the silent and the insignificant ones who just come and go without anyone taking note of them. What can you do to make the latter feel just as important as the first group?
3. Though it’s easy today to deride the Pharisees for the way that they perverted the faith, how can we be sure that we, who are zealous for the faith, are not in danger of making the same mistakes? How do we stand firm for what is right without becoming a Pharisee? Or, even more important, how do we determine what is right and what is worth fighting for, as opposed to “straining at gnats”?
4. How do we maintain an attitude of vigilance and readiness for the return of Jesus when, with each passing year, it gets easier and easier to become less vigilant?