A Character the World Will Recognize
ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the
midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the
world. Phil. 2:15.
It is God’s purpose to manifest through His people the principles of
His kingdom. That in life and character they may reveal these principles,
He desires to separate them from the customs, habits, and practices of the
world. . . . By beholding the goodness, the mercy, the justice, and the love
of God revealed in His church, the world is to have a representation of His
character. And when the law of God is thus exemplified in the life, even the
world will recognize the superiority of those who love and fear and serve
God above every other people in the world.
Adventists, above all people, should be patterns of piety, holy in heart and
in conversation. To them have been entrusted the most solemn truths ever committed
to mortals. Every endowment of grace and power and efficiency has been liberally
provided. They look for the near return of Christ in the clouds of heaven.
For them to give to the world the impression that their faith is not a dominating
power in their lives is greatly to dishonor God.
of the increasing power of Satan’s temptations, the times in which we
live are full of peril for the children of God, and we need to learn constantly
of the Great Teacher, that we may take every step in surety and righteousness.
Wonderful scenes are opening before us; and at this time a living testimony
is to be borne in the lives of God’s professed people, so that the world
may see that in this age, when evil reigns on every side, there is yet a people
who are laying aside their will and are seeking to do God’s will—a
people in whose hearts and lives God’s law is written. . . .
are to be pure, their words noble and uplifting. The religion of Christ is
to be interwoven with all that they do and say. They are to be a sanctified,
purified, holy people, communicating light to all with whom they come in contact.
It is His purpose that by exemplifying the truth in their lives, they shall
be a praise in the earth. The grace of Christ is sufficient to bring this
Our Father Cares, pp. 322, 323.