In following any plan that may be set in operation
for carrying to others a knowledge of present truth, and of the marvelous
providences connected with the advancing cause, let us first consecrate
ourselves fully to Him whose name we wish to exalt. Let us also pray earnestly
in behalf of those whom we expect to visit, by living faith bringing them,
one by one, into the presence of God.
The Lord knows the thoughts and purposes of man, and
how easily He can melt us! How His Spirit, like a fire, can subdue the
flinty heart! How He can fill the soul with love and tenderness! How He
can give us the graces of His Holy Spirit, and fit us to go in and out,
in laboring for souls! The power of overcoming grace should be felt throughout
the church today; and it may be felt, if we take heed to the counsels of
Christ to His followers. As we learn to adorn the doctrine of Christ our
Saviour we shall surely see of the salvation of God.
To all who are about to take up special missionary
work with the paper prepared for use in the Harvest Ingathering campaign,
I would say: Be diligent in your efforts; live under the guidance of the
Holy Spirit. Add daily to your Christian experience. Let those who have
special aptitude, work for unbelievers in the high places as well as in
the low places of life. Search diligently for perishing souls. Oh, think
of the yearning desire Christ has to bring to His fold again those who
have gone astray!
Watch for souls as they that must give an account.
In your church and neighborhood missionary work, let
your light shine forth in such clear, steady rays that no man can stand
up in the judgment, and say, "Why did you not tell me about this truth?
Why did you not care for my soul?"
Then let us be diligent in the distribution of literature
that has been carefully prepared for use among those not of our faith.
Let us make the most of every opportunity to arrest the attention of unbelievers.
Let us put literature into every hand that will receive it. Let us consecrate
ourselves to the proclamation of the message, "Prepare ye the way of the
Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God!" Divine and human
instrumentalities are to unite for the accomplishment of one great object.
Now is the day of our responsibility. "The Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.--MS 2, 1914.
Fruit of This Twofold Effort
In the providence of God, those who are bearing the
burden of His work have been endeavoring to put new life into old methods
of labor, and also to invent new plans and new methods of awakening the
interest of church members in a united effort to reach the world. One of
the new plans for reaching unbelievers is the Harvest Ingathering campaign
for missions. In many places, during the past few years, this has proved
a success, bringing blessing to many, and increasing the flow of means
into the mission treasury. As those not of our faith have been made acquainted
with the progress of the third angel's message in heathen lands, their
sympathies have been aroused, and some have sought to learn more of the
truth that has such power to transform hearts and lives. Men and women
of all classes have been reached, and the name
of God has been glorified.