Youth, God's Instruments
is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Lam. 3:27.
God calls young men in the vigor and strength of their youth to share with
Him self-denial, sacrifice, and suffering. If they accept the call, He will
make them His instruments to save souls for whom He died. But He would have
them count the cost and enter upon their work with a full knowledge of the
conditions upon which they serve a crucified Redeemer. . . .
work should be to bring our own hearts into harmony with God, and then we
are prepared to labor for others. In former days there was great searching
of heart among our earnest workers. They counseled together and united in
humble, fervent prayer for divine guidance. . . . Christ's coming is nearer
than when we believed. Every passing day leaves us one less to proclaim the
message of warning to the world. Would that there were today more earnest
intercession with God, greater humility, greater purity, and greater faith.
a grand work to do for the Master, to open the word of God to those who are
in the darkness of error. Young friends, act as though you had a sacred charge.
You should be Bible students, ever ready to give to every man that asketh
you a reason of the hope that is in you. By your true Christian dignity give
evidence that you know you have a truth that it is for the interest of the
people to hear. If this truth is inwrought in the soul, it will manifest itself
in the countenance and demeanor, in a calm, noble self-possession and peace
which the Christian alone can possess. Those who have genuine humility, and
whose minds have been expanded by the truths unfolded in the gospel, will
have an influence that will be felt. They will make an impression upon minds
no higher wish than to see our youth imbued with the spirit of pure religion
which will lead them to take up the cross and follow Jesus. Go forth, young
disciples of Christ, controlled by principle, clad in the robes of purity
and righteousness. Your Savior will guide you into the position best suited
to your talents and where you can be most useful. In the path of duty you
may be sure of receiving grace sufficient for your day.
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