your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like
unto men that wait for their Lord. Luke 12:35, 36.
is the time to prepare for the coming of our Lord. Readiness to meet Him cannot
be attained in a moment’s time. Preparatory to that solemn scene there
must be vigilant waiting and watching, combined with earnest work. So God’s
children glorify Him. Amid the busy scenes of life their voices will be heard
speaking words of encouragement, faith, and hope. All they have and are is
consecrated to the Master’s service. . . .
Christ tell us when the day of His kingdom shall be ushered in. He does not
say that all the world will be converted, but that “this gospel of the
kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;
and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14). By giving the gospel to
the world, it is in our power to hasten the coming of the day of God. Had
the church of Christ done her appointed work as the Lord ordained, the whole
world would before this have been warned, and the Lord Jesus would have come
to the earth in power and great glory.
Living power must attend the message of Christ’s second appearing. We
must not rest until we see many souls converted to the blessed hope of the
Lord’s return. In the days of the apostles the message that they bore
wrought a real work, turning souls from idols to serve the living God. The
work to be done today is just as real, and the truth is just as much truth;
only we are to give the message with as much more earnestness as the coming
of the Lord is nearer. The message for this time is positive, simple, and
of the deepest importance. We must act like men and women who believe it.
Waiting, watching, working, praying, warning the world—this is our work.
I have been deeply impressed by scenes that have recently passed before me
in the night season. There seemed to be a great movement—a work of revival—going
forward in many places. Our people were moving into line, responding to God’s
call. My brethren, the Lord is speaking to us. Shall we not heed His call?
Shall we not trim our lamps, and act like men who look for their Lord to come?
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 222.