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Title: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on March 29, 2016, 08:43:18 AM
"The Least of These My Brethren"
   


Listen to     "The Least of These My Brethren"


 




    "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another." Thus Christ on the Mount of Olives pictured to His disciples the scene of the great judgment day. And He represented its decision as turning upon one point. When the nations are gathered before Him, there will be but two classes, and their eternal destiny will be determined by what they have done or have neglected to do for Him in the person of the poor and the suffering.   
     In that day Christ does not present before men the great work He has done for them in giving His life for their redemption. He presents the faithful work they have done for Him. To those whom He sets upon His right hand He will say, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me." But those whom Christ commends know not that they have been ministering unto Him. To their perplexed inquiries He answers, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me." 
     Jesus had told His disciples that they were to be hated of all men, to be persecuted and afflicted. Many would be driven from their homes, and brought to poverty. Many would be in distress through disease and privation. Many would be cast into prison. To all who forsook friends or home for His sake He had promised in this life a hundredfold. Now He assured a special blessing to all who should minister to their brethren. In all who suffer for My name, said Jesus, you are to recognize Me. As you would minister to Me, so you are to minister to them. This is the evidence that you are My disciples.
     All who have been born into the heavenly family are in a special sense the brethren of our Lord. The love of Christ binds together the members of His family, and wherever that love is made manifest there the divine relationship is revealed. "Everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." 1 John 4:7.
     Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God. 
     How surprised and gladdened will be the lowly among the nations, and among the heathen, to hear from the lips of the Saviour, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me"! How glad will be the heart of Infinite Love as His followers look up with surprise and joy at His words of approval!
     But not to any class is Christ's love restricted. He identifies Himself with every child of humanity. That we might become members of the heavenly family, He became a member of the earthly family. He is the Son of man, and thus a brother to every son and daughter of Adam. His followers are not to feel themselves detached from the perishing world around them. They are a part of the great web of humanity; and Heaven looks upon them as brothers to sinners as well as to saints. The fallen, the erring, and the sinful, Christ's love embraces; and every deed of kindness done to uplift a fallen soul, every act of mercy, is accepted as done to Him. 
     The angels of heaven are sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. We know not now who they are; it is not yet made manifest who shall overcome, and share the inheritance of the saints in light; but angels of heaven are passing throughout the length and breadth of the earth, seeking to comfort the sorrowing, to protect the imperiled, to win the hearts of men to Christ. Not one is neglected or passed by. God is no respecter of persons, and He has an equal care for all the souls He has created.
     As you open your door to Christ's needy and suffering ones, you are welcoming unseen angels. You invite the companionship of heavenly beings. They bring a sacred atmosphere of joy and peace. They come with praises upon their lips, and an answering strain is heard in heaven. Every deed of mercy makes music there. The Father from His throne numbers the unselfish workers among His most precious treasures. 
     Those on the left hand of Christ, those who had neglected Him in the person of the poor and the suffering, were unconscious of their guilt. Satan had blinded them; they had not perceived what they owed to their brethren. They had been self-absorbed, and cared not for others' needs.
     To the rich, God has given wealth that they may relieve and comfort His suffering children; but too often they are indifferent to the wants of others. They feel themselves superior to their poor brethren. They do not put themselves in the poor man's place. They do not understand the temptations and struggles of the poor, and mercy dies out of their hearts. In costly dwellings and splendid churches, the rich shut themselves away from the poor; the means that God has given to bless the needy is spent in pampering pride and selfishness. The poor are robbed daily of the education they should have concerning the tender mercies of God; for He has made ample provision that they should be comforted with the necessities of life. They are compelled to feel the poverty that narrows life, and are often tempted to become envious, jealous, and full of evil surmisings. Those who themselves have not endured the pressure of want too often treat the poor in a contemptuous way, and make them feel that they are looked upon as paupers.
     But Christ beholds it all, and He says, It was I who was hungry and thirsty. It was I who was a stranger. It was I who was sick. It was I who was in prison. While you were feasting at your bountifully spread table, I was famishing in the hovel or the empty street. While you were at ease in your luxurious home, I had not where to lay My head. While you crowded your wardrobe with rich apparel, I was destitute. While you pursued your pleasures, I languished in prison. 
     When you doled out the pittance of bread to the starving poor, when you gave those flimsy garments to shield them from the biting frost, did you remember that you were giving to the Lord of glory? All the days of your life I was near you in the person of these afflicted ones, but you did not seek Me. You would not enter into fellowship with Me. I know you not. 
     Many feel that it would be a great privilege to visit the scenes of Christ's life on earth, to walk where He trod, to look upon the lake beside which He loved to teach, and the hills and valleys on which His eyes so often rested. But we need not go to Nazareth, to Capernaum, or to Bethany, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus. We shall find His footprints beside the sickbed, in the hovels of poverty, in the crowded alleys of the great city, and in every place where there are human hearts in need of consolation. In doing as Jesus did when on earth, we shall walk in His steps.
     All may find something to do. "The poor always ye have with you," (John 12:8 ), Jesus said, and none need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him. Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us? All this, so far as lies in our power, we are under the most solemn obligation to do for them. Christ's rule of life, by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment, is, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." Matthew 7:12.
     The Saviour has given His precious life in order to establish a church capable of caring for sorrowful, tempted souls. A company of believers may be poor, uneducated, and unknown; yet in Christ they may do a work in the home, the neighborhood, the church, and even in "the regions beyond," whose results shall be as far-reaching as eternity. 
     It is because this work is neglected that so many young disciples never advance beyond the mere alphabet of Christian experience. The light which was glowing in their own hearts when Jesus spoke to them, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," they might have kept alive by helping those in need. The restless energy that is so often a source of danger to the young might be directed into channels through which it would flow out in streams of blessing. Self would be forgotten in earnest work to do others good.
     Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity.
     When we realize that we are workers together with God, His promises will not be spoken with indifference. They will burn in our hearts, and kindle upon our lips. To Moses, when called to minister to an ignorant, undisciplined, and rebellious people, God gave the promise, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." And He said, "Certainly I will be with thee." Exodus 33:14; 3:12. This promise is to all who labor in Christ's stead for His afflicted and suffering ones. 
     Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts.
     But "if thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? and shall not He render to every man according to his works?" Proverbs 24:11, 12. In the great Judgment day, those who have not worked for Christ, who have drifted along thinking of themselves, caring for themselves, will be placed by the Judge of the whole earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation.
     To every soul a trust is given. Of everyone the Chief Shepherd will demand, "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jeremiah 13:20, 21. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: JimB on March 30, 2016, 05:05:14 AM
    Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity.

It appears to me that if the salvation of souls was really the goal of every person in the church it would be much easier to come into unity in other areas also.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 27, 2016, 06:28:22 AM
Amen, Jim! I truly believe that unity in our lives as believers is made stronger as we are united in soul-winning. But just being engaged in soul-winning does not necessarily mean that the church will not have to work through issues or struggles that could create difference--the underlying issue is conversion. When the members of the church are truly converted, then there is a willingness to submit to counsel from the word of God, and trials and difficulties can be resolved much more easily. And it is also true that a lack of conversion has a lot to do with why so few are engaged in winning souls. If a person knows not the precious loveliness of Jesus, they will not desire to impart His love to others. We need a revival and reformation--and it all starts in looking to Jesus and allowing Him to make us new!

I appreciated the promise in the paragraph following the one you quoted, Jim:

When we realize that we are workers together with God, His promises will not be spoken with indifference. They will burn in our hearts, and kindle upon our lips. To Moses, when called to minister to an ignorant, undisciplined, and rebellious people, God gave the promise, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." And He said, "Certainly I will be with thee." Exodus 33:14; 3:12. This promise is to all who labor in Christ's stead for His afflicted and suffering ones. 

As Moses was called to go to minister among people who little appreciated his labors and who were dull of comprehending spiritual things, I see an encouragement in this for us today! As long as God's presence goes with us, and we trust the results with God, we need never be discouraged! We need to know the blessing of laboring for others, and let Christ uphold us with His strength. We will not speak His promises with indifference, because we will realize how desperately we need Jesus and the promises He has spoken! Praise the Lord!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on September 22, 2016, 05:29:57 AM
    Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity.

It appears to me that if the salvation of souls was really the goal of every person in the church it would be much easier to come into unity in other areas also.

Amen, Jim. In order for that to be the case, to love others as ourselves, we must be converted. Otherwise it is just a game, a game of playing church. If we are truly concerned for the salvation of others, then we will love the brethren also. And, if we love the brethren, then being in unity of Spirit, we will strive to be in unity of doctrine. "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves." Philippians 2:3. Loving God supremely is the underlying power of this all.

We need to know the blessing of laboring for others, and let Christ uphold us with His strength.

This is very sad, that many have not known the great joy that comes from leading another to Christ. What can be greater? Only seeing Jesus ourselves!   Then again, I am not sure that leading another to Christ is not greater. It is more blessed to given than to receive. Both bring joy unspeakable!

I have always appreciated this truth:

     Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God.

It is so very sad that many in the church do not recognize that "still small voice" speaking to them. But, some ignorant of Scripture do, and yield to Him. Their good works reveal their hearts have been cleansed and self is dead. They are His children. This also would include some Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, and Southern Baptists who have been taught unrepentant sinners will burn for eternity.We understand that among all religions, despite the error being taught, God can reach individuals through His Spirit. Many do not believe this. They think because of the doctrinal error, it is impossible for these to be saved. But, not so. The Holy Spirit can and does reach many who have not such a high profession of faith, but a real living connection with God through the Spirit.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 22, 2016, 12:09:59 PM
Amen, Richard!!! I was moved by the SAME paragraph, so I won't re-post it--but I liked your reflection on what is most blessed, and I see your thoughts as actually one and the same experience--you and I have no blessing to give unless we continually are in SWEET, BLESSED UNION AND COMMUNION with Jesus by His Spirit! We cannot enjoy communion with Christ and not also be truly desirous of saving souls! And we cannot bring a single soul to Christ without Him abiding in our hearts! And when we realize His love for all as we spend this "thoughtful hour" with Jesus, we will see others as this chapter speaks of them--each soul we are to treat as though he or she were Christ Himself!!!! Hallelujah! And we can only experience this when we are continually in a converted state. We need Jesus constantly!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on December 18, 2016, 04:25:58 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean! When we do not have Jesus in the heart, we have no power to resist temptations.

How can we know if we have Jesus? Is there evidence of having given the whole heart to Christ?

    Jesus had told His disciples that they were to be hated of all men, to be persecuted and afflicted. Many would be driven from their homes, and brought to poverty. Many would be in distress through disease and privation. Many would be cast into prison. To all who forsook friends or home for His sake He had promised in this life a hundredfold. Now He assured a special blessing to all who should minister to their brethren. In all who suffer for My name, said Jesus, you are to recognize Me. As you would minister to Me, so you are to minister to them. This is the evidence that you are My disciples.

Why is it that so many young one in the church walk away from her?

    The Saviour has given His precious life in order to establish a church capable of caring for sorrowful, tempted souls. A company of believers may be poor, uneducated, and unknown; yet in Christ they may do a work in the home, the neighborhood, the church, and even in "the regions beyond," whose results shall be as far-reaching as eternity.
     It is because this work is neglected that so many young disciples never advance beyond the mere alphabet of Christian experience. The light which was glowing in their own hearts when Jesus spoke to them, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," they might have kept alive by helping those in need. The restless energy that is so often a source of danger to the young might be directed into channels through which it would flow out in streams of blessing. Self would be forgotten in earnest work to do others good.

That "flock" which Christ speaks of, is first the little children. God is not pleased when they are lost. The parents first responsibility in life is to their children.

"Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jeremiah 13:20, 21. 

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 18, 2016, 07:08:46 AM
Amen, Richard! There is truly needed a work in each family, that as the parents would behold the loveliness of Jesus and be thoroughly converted, they would labor for their children and train them in Christ's lines.

There is a work for each of us to do--but we cannot do it unless we are converted, and connected to Christ.

  All may find something to do. "The poor always ye have with you," (John 12:8 ), Jesus said, and none need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him. Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us? All this, so far as lies in our power, we are under the most solemn obligation to do for them. Christ's rule of life, by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment, is, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." Matthew 7:12.

How can we know if we have Jesus? Is there evidence of having given the whole heart to Christ?

Excellent question. It goes back to the foundation of our faith. The whole heart given to Jesus will be selfless and have pure motives. The fruits of the Spirit will all be present without one missing. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23). The heart renewed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit reveals what it means to be a partaker of "the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4).  Such a connection is to be continually maintained by a vital faith that is strengthened through beholding the character of God in Christ, and hence why it would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ, especially the closing scenes. What a joy that this is what we get to do here in our Desire of Ages forum!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: JimB on March 15, 2017, 05:39:15 AM
Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity.

I know this is the same paragraph I mentioned as last time but something has stood out to me a little different this time. Years ago I heard an evangelist say that by working for the salvation of others you save yourself. I suppose this might invite wrong motives but for the person who truly loves Christ there is some truth to this. Even though you give of yourself for others you'll never be dissatisfied and restless. Christ Himself will feed you and give you drink that will bring peace and sanctification that the world doesn't understand.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 15, 2017, 08:22:33 AM
Amen, Amen! Jim, I heartily agree, and the idea that as we impart to others the Lord imparts to us is SO TRUE! I just experienced this today, as I was asked to share my testimony with someone about how God healed me from bipolar depression and how He has given me an experience of healing and wellness by having new thoughts and purposes through Him! I shared with this friend a statement that has SO HELPED ME:

"Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings—as much a duty as it is to pray." {Ministry of Healing, page 251, paragraph 3}. It was as I shared again how God healed me that I was blessed again, and I find in Christ the strength I need to continue to impart to others of Christ's fullness and grace. What we have experienced is not for ourselves, but is to be a blessing to others!

 The Saviour has given His precious life in order to establish a church capable of caring for sorrowful, tempted souls. A company of believers may be poor, uneducated, and unknown; yet in Christ they may do a work in the home, the neighborhood, the church, and even in "the regions beyond," whose results shall be as far-reaching as eternity.

I may never fully realize this side of heaven how important it was to share my testimony with someone, or to offer to pray with someone at a certain time, or to offer to help someone--but God sees the whole picture, and as we trust in Christ, we are really experiencing the greatest joy--the joy of seeing souls redeemed!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on March 15, 2017, 08:57:28 AM
Amen and amen!! It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)!  What was the joy that was set before Christ when He endured the cross, despising the shame? It was the joy of seeing multitudes saved. So it will be for us as we labor for the lost.

     Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts.  

I especially like this truth. It is something that many other denominations do not understand.

     Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God. 

One may be in a church that teaches horrible error, or not in a church at all. We cannot judge based on this. It is the heart that God looks upon. He wants the heart, the whole heart. This is what will be judged in the final judgment as to where the professor of God will end up.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on June 10, 2017, 03:52:46 AM
This chapter is about true love--love that is expressed in the life, and reveals the character of God in Christ. It is our privilege to have this experience by abiding in Christ through a full-heart surrender!

 Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts.

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" (1 John 3:16)

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).



His love will flow through us as we continue to behold Christ and abide in His love. May we go forth this Sabbath to bless those who so need to hear of the loveliness of Jesus, who has so blessed our hearts in this "thoughtful hour" with Him!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on June 10, 2017, 07:12:04 AM
I went through this chapter twice this morning. It is a burden to contemplate those who are destitute and without a home. So many are homeless, even in America. Maybe there are more homeless in America. She has rejected God's love and is soon to reap her selfishness. Even now, her cities which are hotbeds of hell, suffer because of the anti God attitude of so many in power. She was the world's last great hope.

What can we do as a church and as individuals? It is hard when we know that many are using drugs and are not safe to bring into a home, especially where there are children. So many have so much, yet so little is given to the needy poor. And, "social justice" has been given opportunity to lead many astray. The world is destined for judgment, yet in this reading this morning the eye of God is seen to be directed at the individual church member, you and me. What do we do for the needy poor? It is not good enough for the church to provide, we need to be more concerned and take a greater interest in helping the needy.

And if we have little of the things of this world to give, think if Jesus and what He gave. God has entrusted us with the truth of His love and the plan of salvation. He has given us the key to good health, and ways to minister to the sick.

   All may find something to do. "The poor always ye have with you," (John 12:8 ), Jesus said, and none need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him. Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us? All this, so far as lies in our power, we are under the most solemn obligation to do for them. Christ's rule of life, by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment, is, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." Matthew 7:12.
     The Saviour has given His precious life in order to establish a church capable of caring for sorrowful, tempted souls. A company of believers may be poor, uneducated, and unknown; yet in Christ they may do a work in the home, the neighborhood, the church, and even in "the regions beyond," whose results shall be as far-reaching as eternity.
     It is because this work is neglected that so many young disciples never advance beyond the mere alphabet of Christian experience. The light which was glowing in their own hearts when Jesus spoke to them, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," they might have kept alive by helping those in need. The restless energy that is so often a source of danger to the young might be directed into channels through which it would flow out in streams of blessing. Self would be forgotten in earnest work to do others good.
     Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on September 05, 2017, 04:19:28 AM
May we look to Jesus and His manner of labor, and let self be forgotten in earnest work to do others good today! Pray for a divine appointment to bless someone in need today in the way God would have you to see others as Jesus sees them--as dear brothers and sisters who need tender pity and love!

 "It is because this work is neglected that so many young disciples never advance beyond the mere alphabet of Christian experience. The light which was glowing in their own hearts when Jesus spoke to them, 'Thy sins be forgiven thee,' they might have kept alive by helping those in need. The restless energy that is so often a source of danger to the young might be directed into channels through which it would flow out in streams of blessing. Self would be forgotten in earnest work to do others good." {The Desire of Ages, page 640, paragraph 5}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on September 05, 2017, 08:24:36 AM
Amen! It is a well kept secret that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Therefore, many never experience the joy of helping others. It is especially true when sharing the grace of Christ both in deed and in Word.

And, if we do not experience this love for others, we will not be fit for heaven, for we have not been transformed in character, from sinner to saint.

     Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts.

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on December 01, 2017, 04:59:08 AM
  When we realize that we are workers together with God, His promises will not be spoken with indifference. They will burn in our hearts, and kindle upon our lips. To Moses, when called to minister to an ignorant,hiaid, "Certainly I will be with thee." Exodus 33:14; 3:12. This promise is to all who labor in Christ's stead for His afflicted and suffering ones. 

Today, many in the church are suffering. Things are not right. Those who love Jesus supremely are not looked upon with gladness. The truth which they speak is often not welcome by many, even in leadership positions. Some are tempted to throw in the towel. But, Jesus has promised to be with His faithful children. He will sustain us, and His promises will burn in our hearts!

All trials that come to us, He allows to come for our good and His glory as we abide in Him and He in us. It is the most weighty trust and the highest honor that Christ can bestow upon us that we be partakers in His suffering.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on December 01, 2017, 08:48:50 AM
Amen, Richard! We rejoice to be able to have a character like Christ's as we allow His love to work in us continually! We get a foretaste of heaven because our characters are being changed by communion with God and fellowship with Jesus day by day!

"Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, 'Love one another, as I have loved you' (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts." {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 3}

Let us live in the very atmosphere of heaven by faith as we seek to walk in His holy will and minister to others in need!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on February 26, 2018, 05:08:17 AM
Amen, Pastor Sean. God leaves us in the world that it may know there is a God in heaven that loves the least in the world. It is not easy, but when we understand that God is at our right hand to help us, how shall we feel?

    Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity.
     When we realize that we are workers together with God, His promises will not be spoken with indifference. They will burn in our hearts, and kindle upon our lips. To Moses, when called to minister to an ignorant, undisciplined, and rebellious people, God gave the promise, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." And He said, "Certainly I will be with thee." Exodus 33:14; 3:12. This promise is to all who labor in Christ's stead for His afflicted and suffering ones. 

What more can we ask for!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on February 26, 2018, 07:14:25 AM
 "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another." Thus Christ on the Mount of Olives pictured to His disciples the scene of the great judgment day. And He represented its decision as turning upon one point. When the nations are gathered before Him, there will be but two classes, and their eternal destiny will be determined by what they have done or have neglected to do for Him in the person of the poor and the suffering."   

What a challenge is set before us in this chapter. Yet when Christ reigns in the heart it will not seem to be a challenge because loving others as Jesus loves us will just be a part of who we are. That is why the group on the right are surprised and ask Jesus when it was that they did all those things to Him.

I love the hymn "Hark! the Voice of Jesus calling.  He is calling for workers in His field.

We may not be able to go across the ocean to help but we can help those at our door.

If I can not be the watchman on the walls of Zion; I can with my prayers and offerings support the work and be like Aaron holding up the prophets hands.

The last verse says....

While the souls of men are dying, And the Master calls for you,
Let none hear you idly saying, "There is nothing I can do!"
Gladly take the task He gives you, Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth, "Here am I, O Lord, send me."

"Christ's rule of life, by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment, is, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." Matt. 7:12
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on February 26, 2018, 08:06:54 AM
Amen, Richard and Dorine!

We can do what Jesus gives us to do each day--when Christ reigns in our hearts, we will gladly find those around us that we can minister unto, and know the love of Christ by an ever-deepening experience!

As I was reflecting on this beautiful promise, I was reminded of how the law of life is the law of giving. To give is to live, and as we impart the comfort that Christ has brought to us, we are watered by Him afresh each moment!

Proverbs 11:25 "The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself."

"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity." {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 1}

Thank the Lord for the opportunity to share Christ's love in whatever ways He opens up for us! When we live by faith on the Son of God, we have Christ in our hearts whose presence is made known by all of the fruits of the Spirit being revealed--without one missing! Love will be seen in gladly ministering to those around us!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: JimB on May 24, 2018, 05:50:01 AM
All may find something to do. "The poor always ye have with you," (John 12:8 ), Jesus said, and none need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him. Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us?

There is a work for everyone even if your influence reaches no further than your own family. This brings to mind the elderly and shutin members of our own local churches that need our encouragement. As I was growing up in the church the responsibility of visiting these people seem to always fall on the young people. Especially the pathfinders. I do not begrudge this experience as it was good for me and my own family spent many hours on Sabbath afternoons visiting members stuck in the local VA hospital and their homes. But not long ago a thought came to my mind. It's the elderly who can understand much better what the needs of other elderly and meet them. Many of them never get involved at church but surely they can visit, help, encourage their "own" (for lack of a better phrase). While it's good a thing for the young to develop relationships with someone on the border of their grave (as Mrs. White phrases it) as it's good for both parties. It's other elderly who can relate to their experiences and understand better what is going on.

I realize that my comments today probably aren't what we normally express here but today's reading gave me a chance to put into words what I've been thinking about for the past few months.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on May 24, 2018, 06:18:48 AM
I appreciate your comments Jim. We need to be able to take the things we read and make them a practical reality in our lives. We live in a time with much suffering, loneliness, sorrow and pain. It's all around us. If we really want to be doing the Lord's we won't have to search far.

I have always wished I could visit the land where Jesus walked but my thoughts have changed since reading this impressive paragraph from our reading today.

"Many feel that it would be a great privilege to visit the scenes of Christ's life on earth, to walk where He trod, to look upon the lake beside which He loved to teach, and the hills and valleys on which His eyes so often rested. But we need not go to Nazareth, to Capernaum, or to Bethany, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus. We shall find His footprints beside the sickbed, in the hovels of poverty, in the crowded alleys of the great city, and in every place where there are human hearts in need of consolation. In doing as Jesus did when on earth, we shall walk in His steps."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 24, 2018, 06:46:11 AM
Amen, Jim! Amen, Dorine!

I can personally testify that having visited Israel in 2012 that I was brought much experientially closer to Christ when I volunteered at the Your Best Pathways to Health event in Phoenix, Arizona in December 2017. Ministering to others is far more intimate of an experience with Christ than is mere geographical connections. I enjoyed the trip to Israel, but ministry is far sweeter!!

Christ lives His life through us to bless others; we partake of His joy. We are to comfort others wherein we have been comforted! Has an elderly person found consolation in experiencing strength in their old age? Then they can find another person who is aged to pray with and encourage! Imagine if every Seventh-day Adventist resident of nursing home facilities ministered to their fellow residents and staff according to their ability! Imagine if every member of our Seventh-day Adventist schools who was converted and baptized did not wait for the school to change everything, but began to be a missionary to their teachers, faculty, and fellow students! When we realize the work that we are specially qualified to do because we are "one of them," then the counsel in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy becomes even clearer experientially. I appreciate this thought, Jim, very much. When we come close to those who share a similar experience, when we give them of that which we have received in Christ, we are entering into the joy of using our talents for eternal purposes!

I love Jesus’ promise: “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me” (Matthew 25:40). Are you willing to find one more soul you can bless for Jesus’ dear sake? In turn, you will be infinitely blessed!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on May 24, 2018, 09:00:08 AM
Many of them never get involved at church but surely they can visit, help, encourage their "own" (for lack of a better phrase). While it's good a thing for the young to develop relationships with someone on the border of their grave (as Mrs. White phrases it) as it's good for both parties. It's other elderly who can relate to their experiences and understand better what is going on.

I realize that my comments today probably aren't what we normally express here but today's reading gave me a chance to put into words what I've been thinking about for the past few months.

Amen, Jim. They need to be taught how to minister to others and experience the joy of comforting others. Our own experience prepares us to minister to others like us, going through what we have gone through.

This brings to mind what I was impressed with as I read this morning's chapter. As Seventh-day Adventists, we don't half appreciate what it is that we have been given to give to others. Many in America do not want to hear about Jesus. They have seen to often the hypocrisy of those who call themselves Christians. They don't want to listen to something that does not work. But, God has instructed us to minister to the physical needs of others that the door to their hearts may be opened. And, even going further, we have been given great light in an area of great importance that will reach many in the world. Sickness surrounds us. We have millions dying from heart attacks, cancer, stroke, and many other lifestyle diseases.

Often the situation can be reversed and most often prevented. How? By walking in the light we have been given. As I was thinking about the fantastic light that shines upon us, I thought of the hundreds of millions of dollars that is being donated to find a cure for breast cancer. Well.....God gave us the answer over a hundred years ago. For the last 30 years I have been encouraging every one who will listen that eating animals, their milk and eggs, is transferring cancer from them to humans. We do not have to quote Scripture or Ellen White, we have scientific evidence that few have heard of.

Today's reading is a warning to those who do not help others, but enjoy the comfort they themselves have. What will be said about the fact that we were given the light to prevent cancer and told no one? Think of the little ones who are dying from Leukemia and other cancers. Leukemia Virus is in much of the dairy products being fed to them. How very sad. And, no one tells them! We were told over a hundred years ago to teach the people how to prepare healthful food without the use of eggs and milk because SOON there would be no safety in using them because of the increase of disease in the animals? How does God look upon those who have not shared this truth with those in the church and in the world?

    In the great Judgment day, those who have not worked for Christ, who have drifted along thinking of themselves, caring for themselves, will be placed by the Judge of the whole earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation.
     To every soul a trust is given. Of everyone the Chief Shepherd will demand, "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jeremiah 13:20, 21. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on August 19, 2018, 01:56:32 AM
Preparation for heaven is really about a heart-and-life change. It is receiving into our souls the very life and character of Christ, which is His unselfish love. This love flows spontaneously from the converted heart that is sanctified by His grace. The old, selfish, carnal thoughts, feelings and ways are dispelled by beholding the exceedingly beautiful loveliness of Jesus' character, and having His love flow out in our hearts to those around us in need. No greater joy can come than in being a channel of His blessings to unite His family in His infinite love!

"Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, 'Love one another, as I have loved you' (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts." {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 3}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on August 19, 2018, 05:08:41 AM
Amen Pastor Sean. But, this is impossible for man to do....without the Holy Spirit abiding in the heart. It is not good enough to hear the Spirit speaking, we must surrender the whole heart to Christ that the Spirit may take possession of it. Then He comes with great power that we might reveal love to not only those who love us, but to those who despitefully use us. This is the evidence of true conversion. "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend [to them] of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Luke 6:31-36.

When we love God supremely, then we shall be filled with the Holy Ghost and reveal love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, not one of these shall be missing. When we love Jesus with all the heart, then we shall love those in the world for whom He died.

     Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity.
     When we realize that we are workers together with God, His promises will not be spoken with indifference. They will burn in our hearts, and kindle upon our lips. To Moses, when called to minister to an ignorant, undisciplined, and rebellious people, God gave the promise, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." And He said, "Certainly I will be with thee." Exodus 33:14; 3:12. This promise is to all who labor in Christ's stead for His afflicted and suffering ones. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on August 19, 2018, 08:21:08 AM
"In the great judgment day, those who have not worked for Christ, who have drifted along thinking of themselves, caring for themselves, will be placed by the Judge of the whole earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation.

To every soul a trust is given. Of everyone the Chief Shepherd will demand, "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jer. 13:20,21.

We don't often think or speak of the sins of omission but they are just as real and serious as the evil acts committed. Here is spelled out in black and white the seriousness of neglecting our brethren in need.

Forgive me Father for opportunities missed to minister to You in service to others. Open my eyes today to be aware of the needs of others and a heart to respond as if we were attending to our Saviour. Amen.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on November 14, 2018, 03:23:37 PM
Who is waiting? Jesus or us? We often speak of how we are waiting for Jesus to come--and that is true in a physical sense, but the deeper reason for Christ to still be in heaven's sanctuary ministering as our High Priest is that He is waiting for us to learn of our continual need of Him, to have His character reproduced in our lives. We can have His character as soon as we behold Him and yield completely to Him--and such faith will result in all of the fruits of His Spirit in our lives without one missing because the heart and mind are cleansed by His grace. But that character will be developed more fully each moment as we abide in Him, until the maturation process is complete, and seeing His character in us He will come to take us home to heaven. Let us learn of Him today and not separate from the growth experience He has for us--that we may love the world as He loved it!

"Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, 'Love one another, as I have loved you' (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts." {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 3}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on November 14, 2018, 11:58:02 PM

Amen, Pastor Sean!   Loving others as Jesus loves us is impossible unless we be born again of the Holy Spirit. Then we will not love Jesus with the whole heart, we shall also love those who use us despitefully. "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you." Luke 6:27,28.

I love the truth that one does not have to know the name of Jesus, have a Bible, or met a missionary in order to be filled with the Spirit.

Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God. 

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on February 08, 2019, 08:10:34 PM
"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity."


Lord help me to see myself as you see me and not as I see myself.

"When we realize that we are workers together with God, His promises will not be spoken with indifference. They will burn in our hearts, and kindle upon our lips. To Moses, when called to minister to an ignorant, undisciplined, and rebellious people, God gave the promise, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." And He said, "Certainly I will be with thee." Exodus 33:14; 3:12. This promise is to all who labor in Christ's stead for His afflicted and suffering ones. "
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Lord, I need a "Total Transformation" to be what you want me to be!! Please fill me with your Spirit

"Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on February 09, 2019, 04:52:15 AM
Amen, Beacon!

Jesus satisfies. Jesus' ministry flowing through us gives depth, stability, and true loveliness to the character, giving us contentment in any experience in life as long as we are fully surrendered to Him (converted, bearing all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing) and willing to be anything or nothing as His providence shall indicate. Let us walk in the love of Christ and diffuse it to others today!

"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity." {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 1}
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Marelis on February 09, 2019, 05:32:44 AM
All may find something to do. "The poor always ye have with you," (John 12:8 ), Jesus said, and none need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him. Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us?

There is a work for everyone even if your influence reaches no further than your own family. This brings to mind the elderly and shutin members of our own local churches that need our encouragement. As I was growing up in the church the responsibility of visiting these people seem to always fall on the young people. Especially the pathfinders. I do not begrudge this experience as it was good for me and my own family spent many hours on Sabbath afternoons visiting members stuck in the local VA hospital and their homes. But not long ago a thought came to my mind. It's the elderly who can understand much better what the needs of other elderly and meet them. Many of them never get involved at church but surely they can visit, help, encourage their "own" (for lack of a better phrase). While it's good a thing for the young to develop relationships with someone on the border of their grave (as Mrs. White phrases it) as it's good for both parties. It's other elderly who can relate to their experiences and understand better what is going on.

I realize that my comments today probably aren't what we normally express here but today's reading gave me a chance to put into words what I've been thinking about for the past few months.
You make a good point, JimB. Some elderly folks do care for and minister to other elderly folks. There are so many lonely, hurting and needy people within churches and outside as well and the unspoken question is, Who ought to be visiting them and helping? It ought to be shared but we know that often one or two end up spreading themselves thinly.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Marelis on February 09, 2019, 06:37:25 AM
I appreciate your comments Jim. We need to be able to take the things we read and make them a practical reality in our lives. We live in a time with much suffering, loneliness, sorrow and pain. It's all around us. If we really want to be doing the Lord's we won't have to search far.

I have always wished I could visit the land where Jesus walked but my thoughts have changed since reading this impressive paragraph from our reading today.

"Many feel that it would be a great privilege to visit the scenes of Christ's life on earth, to walk where He trod, to look upon the lake beside which He loved to teach, and the hills and valleys on which His eyes so often rested. But we need not go to Nazareth, to Capernaum, or to Bethany, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus. We shall find His footprints beside the sickbed, in the hovels of poverty, in the crowded alleys of the great city, and in every place where there are human hearts in need of consolation. In doing as Jesus did when on earth, we shall walk in His steps."
It can be overwhelming to think about all the need around us in our neighbourhoods, towns and cities, Dorine. This is a lovely quote from Sr White.

My daughters, 20 and 18, each have beautiful hearts for helping and blessing others. Each girl is different. One connects with the homeless. She sits and reads to them, talks with them and eats with them. She gives the clothing off her own back. I remember when she would go to a slum where she knew a family and would sit and chat with children with their broken toys. How she approached a local high school principal in a rough neighborhood and asked if she might be able to speak with youths who enjoy learning but who were struggling in their adversity. And they let her. The other girl enjoys cleaning for the elderly, giving them company, grooming them. She connects very well with depressed youths and calls them, spends time with them. The mothers of two such youths recently contacted me to tell me that my daughter has been a godsend to their child. 

I was just thinking of my own lovely mother, JimB, who is herself an infirmed shut-in. She can barely walk, barely use her hands, her sparrow body gnarled from arthritis. But she ministers in her own way from the confines of her home. She phones, writes sweet letters to and remembers the birthdays of lonely women the Lord brings her into contact with.

There is something we can each do regardless of our age to diffuse the love of Christ, as Pr Sean put so nicely. The Lord will multiply our five loaves and two fishes. The circle of blessing. We are blessed. We bless. And those we bless go on to bless others.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on February 09, 2019, 07:03:09 AM
I am once again blessed by the sharing of each one this morning. This is what we need. It is so important.

As I read the following quote I was impressed with the fact that there will be those in the kingdom who never saw a bible, heard a missionary or had any knowledge of Jesus but they obeyed the influence of the Holy Spirit. My heart is filled with happiness as I contemplate this. Jesus gives everyone the opportunity to accept His invitation to do good. This makes me realize how responsible I am for the wealth of truth and information that God has given to me.

"Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on May 06, 2019, 08:10:29 PM
 "When we realize that we are workers together with God, His promises will not be spoken with indifference. They will burn in our hearts, and kindle upon our lips. To Moses, when called to minister to an ignorant, undisciplined, and rebellious people, God gave the promise, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." And He said, "Certainly I will be with thee." Exodus 33:14; 3:12. This promise is to all who labor in Christ's stead for His afflicted and suffering ones. "

This reminds me that we have a "STRONG NEED" to spend time with Jesus everyday, to drink deeply at the fountain of His saving forgiving power. Power that will transform our selfish self centered human nature into that which God can use to save us and then passing it on, giving back to others the forgiveness and grace and message of hope that we have received. What a grand privilege is ours as co-workers "ambassadors" for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! To follow the One who set such a perfect example for us to follow and promised us the power to do so "IF"  we will just pray..." Not my will Lord, but thy will be done in my life. "  Will you join with me in this quest to bury our sinful self-centered natures and to be filled with the same great love that Jesus had  for " Others" ?
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"Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts. "
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on May 07, 2019, 05:50:23 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!

As we respond to Jesus' invitation to abide in our hearts continually by faith, we experience all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing and come to reflect His character to those around us. We can all have a part in being a blessing through Christ!

"All may find something to do. 'The poor always ye have with you,' (John 12:8), Jesus said, and none need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him. Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us? All this, so far as lies in our power, we are under the most solemn obligation to do for them. Christ's rule of life, by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment, is, 'Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.' Matthew 7:12." {The Desire of Ages, page 640, paragraph 3}

As we realize that so much of illness really begins in the mind, let us also remember to look beyond a person's mere outward surroundings, and realize that there are those whose hearts and minds are oppressed by grief and guilt, and that Jesus wants us to offer the healing balm of love and a listening ear so these souls can find grace to have a mind that is healed and restored. As we pray for divine appointments, Jesus will open the way! 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on May 07, 2019, 06:12:40 AM
Amen Pastor Sean! It is why Jesus leaves us in the world, to be a blessing to others.

Power that will transform our selfish self centered human nature into that which God can use to save us and then passing it on, giving back to others the forgiveness and grace and message of hope that we have received.

Amen Brother Beacon!  It is transforming power that we all need daily. This brought my mind to Daniel in whom no fault could be found. Yet, when the holy angel Gabriel appeared to him, he fell on his face in fear (Daniel 8:17). Why? Because Daniel was a fallen sinner like us. Yes, he was repentant and he was perfect in character because of the power that was in Him. By maintaining a full surrender to Christ, he was able to reflect the character of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). This is what God wants for us each day. He gives us His Spirit and the help of angels.

   The angels of heaven are sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. We know not now who they are; it is not yet made manifest who shall overcome, and share the inheritance of the saints in light; but angels of heaven are passing throughout the length and breadth of the earth, seeking to comfort the sorrowing, to protect the imperiled, to win the hearts of men to Christ. Not one is neglected or passed by. God is no respecter of persons, and He has an equal care for all the souls He has created.
     As you open your door to Christ's needy and suffering ones, you are welcoming unseen angels. You invite the companionship of heavenly beings. They bring a sacred atmosphere of joy and peace. They come with praises upon their lips, and an answering strain is heard in heaven. Every deed of mercy makes music there. The Father from His throne numbers the unselfish workers among His most precious treasures. 

Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on August 01, 2019, 09:21:10 PM
"When we realize that we are workers together with God, His promises will not be spoken with indifference. They will burn in our hearts, and kindle upon our lips. To Moses, when called to minister to an ignorant, undisciplined, and rebellious people, God gave the promise, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." And He said, "Certainly I will be with thee." Exodus 33:14; 3:12. This promise is to all who labor in Christ's stead for His afflicted and suffering ones."

"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity."

When we realize what these two short paragraphs are saying and put the principles of them into practice in our daily lives, I believe that many of the challenges of UNITY in our churches would disappear because "self" would no longer be our main concern. Let us ask Jesus at the beginning of every day to open our eyes to see the opportunities that pass our way to minister to those we come in contact with as we go about our activities of daily living. The Holy Spirit will then guide, inspire, and make us sensitive to the needs of others as we mingle with our families, the church and the world. 
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on August 02, 2019, 07:58:03 AM
Amen Brother Beacon! This chapter ties in nicely with our current Sabbath School lessons.

    Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts.
     But "if thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? and shall not He render to every man according to his works?" Proverbs 24:11, 12. In the great Judgment day, those who have not worked for Christ, who have drifted along thinking of themselves, caring for themselves, will be placed by the Judge of the whole earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation.
     To every soul a trust is given. Of everyone the Chief Shepherd will demand, "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jeremiah 13:20, 21. 

Today we may be a blessing to others if we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Today, as Jesus is preparing to come, we will find many who are seeking help. Many are seeking truth. The truth has been entrusted to His church. Let us hasten the soon coming of Jesus by sharing the gospel message with those who want it.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on August 02, 2019, 09:22:48 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon and Brother Richard!

What a joy we may have in Christ today as we abide in Him by a living faith surrender, and let Him work out the pattern of life in us that is for His glory--the glory of a character fashioned after the image of Christ!

"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity." {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 1}

I desire Jesus to minister to me today, so that from what He does in my life flows a living testimony of His grace. As we experience Christ working in and through us, we will find healing love to share with all who need the healing that can come from Christ alone!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on October 25, 2019, 05:01:46 PM
"In the great Judgment day, those who have not worked for Christ, who have drifted along thinking of themselves, caring for themselves, will be placed by the Judge of the whole earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation.

"To every soul a trust is given. Of everyone the Chief Shepherd will demand....
 "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And, "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jeremiah 13:20, 21.

"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity."

When we realize what these two short paragraphs are saying and put the principles of them into practice in our daily lives, I believe that many of the challenges of UNITY in our churches would disappear because "self" would no longer be our main concern. Let us ask Jesus at the beginning of every day to open our eyes to see the opportunities that pass our way to minister to those we come in contact with as we go about our activities of daily living. The Holy Spirit will then guide, inspire, and make us sensitive to the needs of others as we mingle with our families, the church and the world.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 26, 2019, 02:47:26 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon! As self is crucified with Christ, we will seek to bless and uplift in mercy!

God delights in mercy. "Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy" (Micah 7:18). The mercy He has shown us we are in turn to manifest to others, and in so doing, we become like Jesus. This is the joy of the Savior which He invites us to partake of. As we go forth to bless others today, may we ever remember how much Jesus has first blessed us in coming to our world from heaven and becoming our Brother. Our value is infinite because an Infinite Life, the life of God in Christ, has been paid for our redemption upon Calvary. As Jesus' love brings healing and transformation, we will long to manifest that grace and mercy to those around us, for we love Him because He first loved us.

"But not to any class is Christ's love restricted. He identifies Himself with every child of humanity. That we might become members of the heavenly family, He became a member of the earthly family. He is the Son of man, and thus a brother to every son and daughter of Adam. His followers are not to feel themselves detached from the perishing world around them. They are a part of the great web of humanity; and Heaven looks upon them as brothers to sinners as well as to saints. The fallen, the erring, and the sinful, Christ's love embraces; and every deed of kindness done to uplift a fallen soul, every act of mercy, is accepted as done to Him." {The Desire of Ages, page 638, paragraph 4} 

Through beholding Christ's love and grace we become transformed into His image. Jesus' love uplifts and restores, inspires the soul with hope, and grows us into His lovely image. May you find strength and grace today to be on His missions of mercy!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on October 26, 2019, 05:47:40 AM
All may find something to do. "The poor always ye have with you," (John 12:8 ), Jesus said, and none need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him. Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us? All this, so far as lies in our power, we are under the most solemn obligation to do for them. Christ's rule of life, by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment, is, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." Matthew 7:12.     

The Saviour has given His precious life in order to establish a church capable of caring for sorrowful, tempted souls. A company of believers may be poor, uneducated, and unknown; yet in Christ they may do a work in the home, the neighborhood, the church, and even in "the regions beyond," whose results shall be as far-reaching as eternity.

I grew up poor. I know the struggles. And I remember the joy and appreciation for the help that would come our way. I think it is harder to be aware of the plight of the poor if you have grown up with much. This chapter should be a stern reminder of how God looks upon those who ignore the needs of others. When Jesus reigns in the heart it will be with joy that we make the lives of others more comfortable and happy with no thought of receiving anything in return.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on October 26, 2019, 06:50:45 AM
Amen dear Sister Dorine!  What a blessing God wants us to receive when we help others. It is more blessed to give then to receive!


The mercy He has shown us we are in turn to manifest to others, and in so doing, we become like Jesus. This is the joy of the Savior which He invites us to partake of.

Amen Pastor Sean. Jesus wants us to be filled with the joy of helping others!


Let us ask Jesus at the beginning of every day to open our eyes to see the opportunities that pass our way to minister to those we come in contact with as we go about our activities of daily living. The Holy Spirit will then guide, inspire, and make us sensitive to the needs of others as we mingle with our families, the church and the world.

Amen Brother Beacon. And, the Holy Spirit will not only inspire us who are called by the name of Christ, but to all who have learned to love their neighbor, even their enemy.

      Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God.
     How surprised and gladdened will be the lowly among the nations, and among the heathen, to hear from the lips of the Saviour, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me"! How glad will be the heart of Infinite Love as His followers look up with surprise and joy at His words of approval!

Many will be surprised to find those who did not understand the gospel message about salvation were granted salvation. It is the heart Jesus wants. When we give Him the whole heart, then we will love as He loves.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on January 19, 2020, 04:05:07 PM
"Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God..How surprised and gladdened will be the lowly among the nations, and among the heathen, to hear from the lips of the Saviour, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me"! How glad will be the heart of Infinite Love as His followers look up with surprise and joy at His words of approval!"[/b]

It doesn't take a seminary Doctor of Divinity degree to understand these words but... it does take a fully converted heart, a heart full of love for those who are perishing spiritually and/or perhaps physically and by the Power of the Holy Spirit possess a strong desire to see as many as possible pointed in the direction of Jesus because we are have received His Love & Forgiveness and are willing to PASS IT ON
 
"The followers of Jesus are not to feel themselves detached from the perishing world around them. They are a part of the great web of humanity; and Heaven looks upon them as brothers to sinners as well as to saints. The fallen, the erring, and the sinful, Christ's love embraces; and every deed of kindness done to uplift a fallen soul, every act of mercy, is accepted as done to Him."

In Matthew 25:39-40 It says, "When saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on January 20, 2020, 08:06:32 AM
Amen brother Beacon. With so much suffering, poverty, and evil surrounding us, we certainly have a work to do. Who among us would not be convicted that we have not done that which we might be able to do? Today's lesson can be summoned up in the last paragraph.

To every soul a trust is given. Of everyone the Chief Shepherd will demand, "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jeremiah 13:20, 21. 


That beautiful flock being spoken of, first pertains to our family, especially our children.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 20, 2020, 08:34:56 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon and Brother Richard!

The religion of Christ is sincerity itself in seeking to do good to those around us, finding out what their needs are, and showing them true unselfish love. Only as we abide in Christ through a full heart surrender to Him will the good work that He desires to accomplish through us be wrought out. Only as we abide in Christ will all of the fruits of the Spirit be seen without one missing, and we will gladly go where He sends us and minister to those about us!

 "All may find something to do. 'The poor always ye have with you,' (John 12:8 ), Jesus said, and none need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him. Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us? All this, so far as lies in our power, we are under the most solemn obligation to do for them. Christ's rule of life, by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment, is, 'Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.' Matthew 7:12." {The Desire of Ages, page 640, paragraph 3}

Let us do the work that lies nearest to us, and then go where the Holy Spirit leads us day by day!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on April 15, 2020, 05:38:25 PM
"The followers of Jesus are not to feel themselves detached from the perishing world around them. They are a part of the great web of humanity; and Heaven looks upon them as brothers to sinners as well as to saints. The fallen, the erring, and the sinful, Christ's love embraces; and every deed of kindness done to uplift a fallen soul, every act of mercy, is accepted as done to Him."

In Matthew 25:39-40 It says, "When saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

"How surprised and gladdened will be the lowly among the nations, and among the heathen, to hear from the lips of the Saviour, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me"! How glad will be the heart of Infinite Love as His followers look up with surprise and joy at His words of approval!"

Today I invite you to be a part of the family of God that will hear the words of Jesus as recorded in .... Matthew 25:21 "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on April 16, 2020, 05:17:09 AM
Amen, Brother Beacon!

Whoever you are, wherever you are, and no matter what you have gone through, Jesus has a mission FOR YOU!! When we invite Jesus into our hearts by unreservedly surrendering to Him, He not only atones for our sins by His blood, but He imbues us with all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing, and thus sends us on a mission of mercy to bless others! Let us rejoice in Jesus today and point them to the true joy of life--unselfish ministry to do others good in helping them come to eternal salvation in Christ!

"The Saviour has given His precious life in order to establish a church capable of caring for sorrowful, tempted souls. A company of believers may be poor, uneducated, and unknown; yet in Christ they may do a work in the home, the neighborhood, the church, and even in 'the regions beyond,' whose results shall be as far-reaching as eternity." {The Desire of Ages, page 640, paragraph 4}

As we make a beginning, however small it may seem, Jesus works by the Holy Spirit to accomplish something beyond what we can ask or think. The key it staying linked up with Jesus by continual surrender to Jesus who knows what is best for us each day and will lead us to be a blessing! On that note, I sure hope you will join the series and invite others to "Hope Awakens" that starts on Friday, April 17 at 7pm Eastern/7pm Pacific, available for free at hopeawakens.com!! May you be blessed in inviting others to come also be blessed and learn of the hope that Jesus offers us!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on April 16, 2020, 08:03:40 PM
Amen Pastor Sean and Brother Beacon! The Holy Spirit is guiding all will be guided as we near the end. I like so very much the truth that God can and has reached out to those who are ignorant of Him and has taught them that kindness and sacrifices for the good of others is life itself. That we would learn this also.

  Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God. 

What a merciful and loving God we love and serve!!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on April 18, 2020, 07:16:32 AM
"Jesus had told His disciples that they were to be hated of all men, to be persecuted and afflicted. Many would be driven from their homes, and brought to poverty. Many would be in distress through disease and privation. Many would be cast into prison. To all who forsook friends or home for His sake He had promised in this life a hundredfold. Now He assured a special blessing to all who should minister to their brethren. In all who suffer for My name, said Jesus, you are to recognize Me. As you would minister to Me, so you are to minister to them. This is the evidence that you are My disciples."

What a blessed thought. To all we minister to, Jesus considers it ministering to Him. If we kept that thought in mind there would be no room for selfishness. We would always see Jesus in others.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on July 12, 2020, 02:32:09 AM
"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity."

There are so many restless and dissatisfied souls among the professed people of God. How can we reach others in need if we ourselves have not learned to drink of the living water that satisfies? Christ is the answer to every hungry, empty soul but selfish hearts are afraid to trust and believe the promises of God. When Christ reigns in the heart, "the great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish." Let's never forget that "Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd." That to me is a very reassuring promise for I need His strength and help continually.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on July 12, 2020, 06:58:26 AM
"In the great Judgment day, those who have not worked for Christ, who have drifted along thinking of themselves, caring for themselves, will be placed by the Judge of the whole earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation.

"To every soul a trust is given. Of everyone the Chief Shepherd will demand....
 "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And, "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jeremiah 13:20, 21.


"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity."

When we realize what these two short paragraphs are saying and put the principles of them into practice in our daily lives, I believe that many of the challenges of UNITY in our churches would disappear because "self" would no longer be our main concern. Let us ask Jesus at the beginning of every day to open our eyes to see the opportunities that pass our way to minister to those we come in contact with as we go about our activities of daily living. The Holy Spirit will then guide, inspire, and make us sensitive to the needs of others as we mingle with our families, the church and the world.Let us ask our God for His forgiveness for our lack of interest in the saving of others and become more involved for the saving of those around us.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on July 12, 2020, 01:58:39 PM
Amen, Sister Dorine and Brother Beacon!

Let us allow Jesus to accomplish in us His mission! "For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10).

"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity." {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 1}

Unity is the result of union with Christ. There was perfect unity in heaven until Lucifer was not content with the ministry entrusted to him as the covering cherub. Coveting the place of Christ, he wanted to be God. That was impossible. No created being can be God! May we learn the lesson that our truest happiness today and always is found in complete surrender to Christ and joyful conformity to God's will--which is high, noble and elevating!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on October 07, 2020, 05:19:03 AM
Let us allow the love of Christ to flow through us. His perfect love casts our fear, but that same love abiding in the soul leads us to fear God and give glory to Him for we are in the time of the judgment, and all decisions of character pend on how we treat others--a revelation of how we treat God in the person of "the least of these." Each soul is worth an infinite price, for Jesus paid for us with an infinite sacrifice on Calvary. Now, abiding in Jesus, we are constrained to forward to reveal the light of His love manifest in all of the fruits of the Spirit without one missing as Christ abides in our souls, the hope of glory!

"Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, 'Love one another, as I have loved you' (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts." {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 3}

Only in Christ can we live out His unselfish life. In Christ there is no limit to the usefulness of one who, putting self aside, makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit and lives a life completely consecrated to God! May we allow heaven to truly begin in the soul as we choose Jesus continually!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on October 07, 2020, 05:55:55 AM
"As you open your door to Christ's needy and suffering ones, you are welcoming unseen angels. You invite the companionship of heavenly beings. They bring a sacred atmosphere of joy and peace. They come with praises upon their lips, and an answering strain is heard in heaven. Every deed of mercy makes music there. The Father from His throne numbers the unselfish workers among His most precious treasures."

What a privilege to be part of the family of God. To be part of the work that ministers to the needs of lost souls brings such joy. I love the last sentence that says...The Father from His throne numbers the unselfish workers among His most precious treasures." And to think that our acts of mercy makes music in heaven. Praise God for allowing us to be part of this great work.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on October 07, 2020, 06:44:05 AM
In Matthew 25:39-40 It says, "When saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

"ALL MAY FIND SOMETHING TO DO "

 'The poor always ye have with you,' (John 12:8 ), Jesus said, and none need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him. Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us? All this, so far as lies in our power, we are under the most solemn obligation to do for them. Christ's rule of life, by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment, is, 'Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.' Matthew 7:12."


Today I invite you to be a part of the family of God that will hear the words of Jesus as recorded in .... Matthew 25:21 "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on January 02, 2021, 06:23:50 AM
Happy Sabbath! As you go forth to be a blessing to others this Sabbath by inviting Jesus into your heart by a living-faith surrender to His will in an intelligent appreciation of the loveliness of His character, be encouraged that Jesus will minister to you as you let Him minister through you! "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40).

"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd. They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity." {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 1}
   
True unity is from union and communion with Christ! We were created to bless others and our greatest happiness is found in being a blessing to others as Jesus has come to bless us, too!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on January 02, 2021, 07:33:09 AM
Happy Sabbath Pastor Sean and to all who are reading today. May our hearts be overflowing with the peace and joy of knowing Jesus.

"Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God."

The mercy of God touched my heart this morning as I read this paragraph. There will never be any excuse for anyone to be lost. God has revealed Himself to even the heathen through His powerful book of nature. The thought came to me that there will be more hope for these than for those who do not avail themselves of the great volume of information that is available.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on January 02, 2021, 07:36:33 AM
"In the great Judgment day, those who have not worked for Christ, who have drifted along thinking of themselves, caring for themselves, will be placed by the Judge of the whole earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation."

"To every soul a trust is given. Of everyone the Chief Shepherd will demand....

 "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And, "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jeremiah 13:20, 21.

"Those who minister to others will be ministered unto by the Chief Shepherd.
They themselves will drink of the living water, and will be satisfied. They will not be longing for exciting amusements, or for some change in their lives. The great topic of interest will be, how to save the souls that are ready to perish. Social intercourse will be profitable. The love of the Redeemer will draw hearts together in unity."


When we realize what these two short paragraphs are saying and put the principles of them into practice in our daily lives, I believe that many of the challenges of UNITY in our churches would disappear because "self" would no longer be our main concern. Let us ask Jesus at the beginning of every day to open our eyes to see the opportunities that pass our way to minister to those we come in contact with as we go about our activities of daily living. The Holy Spirit will then guide, inspire, and make us sensitive to the needs of others as we mingle with our families, the church and the world.Let us ask our God for His forgiveness for our lack of interest in the saving of others and become more involved for the saving of those around us.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Beacon on March 30, 2021, 05:42:59 AM
In Matthew 25:39-40 It says, "When saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

"ALL MAY FIND SOMETHING TO DO "

'The poor always ye have with you,' (John 12:8 ), Jesus said, and...

"None need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Him."

"Millions upon millions of human souls ready to perish, bound in chains of ignorance and sin, have never so much as heard of Christ's love for them. Were our condition and theirs to be reversed, what would we desire them to do for us?

"All this, so far as lies in our power, we are under the most solemn obligation to do for them."
 
"Christ's rule of life, by which every one of us must stand or fall in the judgment, is, 'Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.' Matthew 7:12."


Today, once again, I invite you to be a part of the family of God that will hear the words of Jesus as recorded in .... Matthew 25:21 "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Dorine on March 30, 2021, 05:52:22 AM
"Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, "Love one another, as I have loved you" (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts."

Amen. I pray for this every day. We say we love God but if our thoughts are only for ourselves and those closest to us then we do not love God. This chapter tells of the suffering ones that are among us but many times we do not perceive it. And many that do see it are indifferent to it. We may give to food banks or ministries that are doing the best they can to supply the needs of many but what about that personal touch that shows how much we care. Food banks don't supply the spiritual nourishment that is needed. Those that are trapped in poverty or are discouraged or in trouble need a friend who cares about them. Jesus is the perfect example of how that is done.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Pastor Sean Brizendine on March 30, 2021, 06:56:58 AM
Praise the Lord for these posts!!

How would you like heaven to be in your heart?

“Love to man is the earthward manifestation of the love of God. It was to implant this love, to make us children of one family, that the King of glory became one with us. And when His parting words are fulfilled, ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’ (John 15:12); when we love the world as He has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts.” {The Desire of Ages, page 641, paragraph 3}

May this be your experience by an entire surrender to Christ who will recreate you in His image of loveliness!
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Philip T on March 30, 2021, 08:32:31 AM
But "if thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? and shall not He render to every man according to his works?" Proverbs 24:11, 12. In the great Judgment day, those who have not worked for Christ, who have drifted along thinking of themselves, caring for themselves, will be placed by the Judge of the whole earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation.

Amen brother Bacon, Sister Dorine, and Pastor Sean.

To profess to be a follower of Christ is not enough, if we do not put our faith and belief to work in Gods fields of labor, but stay focused totally on self, seeking our own comfort, and caring for just ourselves when judgement from God comes, we will be judged as the wicked and be condemned to everlasting death.
Title: Re: The Desire of Ages--70-- "The Least of These My Brethren"
Post by: Richard Myers on March 30, 2021, 09:39:37 PM
I think we all got the message!  The golden rule is not an option. It is the only way one may enter heaven, but doing for others what we would have the do for us. What if we do not follow this rule?

But "if thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? and shall not He render to every man according to his works?" Proverbs 24:11, 12. In the great Judgment day, those who have not worked for Christ, who have drifted along thinking of themselves, caring for themselves, will be placed by the Judge of the whole earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation.
     To every soul a trust is given. Of everyone the Chief Shepherd will demand, "Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" And "what wilt thou say when He shall punish thee?" Jeremiah 13:20, 21. 

Many do not like to read this, many do not believe it. But, our lesson spoke of it and closed with it. "He shall punish thee" if we are not transformed in nature so that we love God and our neighbor with all of the heart. A simple truth not often preached from the pulpit. Why not? Because Satan works very hard to separate God's justice from His mercy. They are not to be separated. They met and kissed at the cross.