CQ Plus June 2-8 2012

God Means Everlasting Business

Preface: We should work to win souls to Christ. The question we need to ask ourselves is: What motivates us to do just that?   

I never really understood the covenant God gave to Abraham until I read the chapter in Patriarchs and Prophets entitled “The Call of Abraham.” After the Flood, the earth once again filled up with sin. Therefore, God chose Abraham and his descendants to be His chosen people. It was through this man’s seed that God promised to send His Son to fulfill the plan of redemption. To prove that He had chosen them, God gave them His covenant of circumcision. This covenant set them apart physically and spiritually from the rest of the world. God revealed His plan of redemption to them so they could tell the rest of the world that Jesus Christ would deliver the fallen race from Satan’s bondage. However, they didn’t do a particularly good job of sharing this message of hope.

As spiritual Israel, we must not make the same mistake ancient Israel did. We must witness to those without a Savior, giving them hope. God is not willing that any should perish. “ ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ ” (Matt. 28:19, NKJV).

As Seventh-day Adventists, we should let the world know that money, fame, and worldly possessions shouldn’t be the ultimate objective in life. Heaven is our most important goal, and the only way to make it there is through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. “ ‘Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal’ ” (Matt. 6:20, NKJV).

Jesus is merciful in delaying His coming, giving others a chance to hear about His love and to receive Him as their personal Savior. The only way others will know Jesus is through our witnessing. This is serious work. Our heavenly Father took care of everlasting business by sending His Son to die on the cross. Therefore, we are to labor in witnessing until Jesus returns. He has given us this work because He is coming soon.