A righteous character formed after the likeness of Christ’s character has a value above that of gold or precious stones. Those who co-operate with the Lord Jesus Christ in the formation of a righteous character will become laborers together with God. They will act their part as the human agent through whom God will reach the hearts and minds of men and women who are separated from him by sin, and will win them to Christ. . . We are not to labor merely keeping this short life time in view; but to act as if in sight of eternity, we are to act as if the curtain between us and the universe of heaven was withdrawn, and we could with the eye of faith, see Christ looking upon us, and encouraging us in our work.
Let us take our Bibles, and with humble prayer and a teachable spirit, come to the great Teacher of the world; let us pray as did David, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law” (Psalm 119:18).
But all who reverence the Word of God just as it reads, all who do His will to the best of their ability, will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, notwithstanding the efforts of the enemy to confuse minds and to make uncertain the Word of God.
Our greatest fear should be that we may be found rebelling against God’s Word, which is to be our guide amid all the perils of the last days.We must be sure that we are on the Lord’s side, that we have the truth as it is in Jesus.
We must have the power of God to soften and change the rugged traits of our character, that we may be susceptible to the influence of truth.
There are mines to be discovered in which are precious jewels of truth.Let no one close these mines, and cease to dig for the truth lest they should have to cast aside some preconceived idea or opinion.No, brethren, we want to know the truth; and God forbid that any of you should turn from precious truths simply because you do not want to believe them.
1888 Materials pp. 163-170
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