In order to bear your responsibilities aright, you must be an ever growing Christian;
- Your faith must be strong,
- your consecration complete,
- your love perfect,
- your zeal ardent;
- you must make steady advancement in the knowledge and the love of Christ that you may witness in those under your charge the precious fruits of the Spirit.
You need spiritual discernment. Keep the eye single to the glory of God, that your profiting may appear unto all. Do not gather to yourself too many burdens, to worry and perplex you.
- Grasp the promises of God.
- Press close to the bleeding side of Jesus.
- Encourage tenderness and compassion.
- Improve every means of grace, that your love may abound more and more, that you may have wisdom from above,
that you “may approve things that are excellent, . . . being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Your present and future usefulness depend on your living connection with God.
1888 Materials, Ch. 26, p. 248
To fulfill your responsibilities you must be an ever growing Christian. Your faith must be strong, your consecration complete, your zeal ardent, your love perfect. You must make steady advancement in the knowledge of the love of Christ that you may realize from those under your charge that your labor is multiplying the fruits of the spirit among them.
If men in responsible office do not show partiality but exercise the patience and kindness of Jesus they will find this course more effective than the preaching of sermons, the exercise of power, or the presentation of strong argument. The silent influence of Christian character will fall upon men as the sunbeams of heaven. May God help you to do right because it is right.
God sets no man to pronounce judgment on His Word selecting some things as inspired and discrediting others as uninspired. The testimonies have been treated in the same way; but God is not in this.
There must be a spiritual revolution throughout the churches that fruits unto righteousness may be seen in our daily life.
1888 Materials, ch. 25, pp 235-241