As we all know this is an age of noninvolvement, it is a time of self-interest and personal gain. It seems no one wants to become involved in a cause, and it doesn’t matter how great the cause is.
But what about members of God’s True Church, what can you do to be involved in the greatest work on the face of the earth, a work that is going to make history in the future?
Not too long ago government psychologists concluded that people can no long be moved by causes. This is the generation that asks the question: What’s in it for me? What do I get out of it, how can I benefit from this cause or that cause?
We live in a generation of total get and never give. The system we live in now has been founded on the principles of acquisition. Buy now pay later, get that new car off your mind and into your driveway, and save money by doing it. Our society is wallowing in borrowed affluence, shorter work weeks, welfare checks, fringe benefits and the endless stream free gimmicks. These types of things have built the psychology of get into the minds of our generation.
There is a book title “In Every War But One,” this book tells how many American soldiers in Korean prison camps, lacking any strong sense of purpose, would quickly lose the will to live, lie down, and pine away until they died. The sergeants would curse and kick them, by doing this they were hoping to make them mad enough to want to live.
What this illustrates is just how deeply the philosophy of causelessness and total selfishness had bitten into the character of our nation as early as 1950. Now, you and I know that today, in the year 2011 it is even much worse. We live in a world filled with citizens without a cause except self-aggrandizement. Only a handful, seemingly have any sense of purpose.
How many in God’s Church want to pass the buck, let someone else do it, so we excuse ourselves from being actively involved in God’s Work.
Out of almost 7 billion people on this earth, God chose you and me at this time for a purpose, and certainly that purpose is not because He desperately needed you and me among the firstfruits. God has called you and me today, at this time to do His Work. The need to finish His Work is our personal responsibility.
We have a part to do now, and we dare not fail. How many are there in God’s Church who feels inferior and personally useless that they can not do anything for the great cause God has given us. The people who think this way have defeated themselves in their mind before they even start. It isn’t God’s will that any of us be useless or feels useless to His Work.
Listen brethren, (and to all the people who will be reading this article and not part of God’s Church) don’t underestimate your value in this great Work. What would happened in your body, if half of your red blood cells individually decided they were not worth much and might as well quit functioning? We would be totally without energy, flat on our backs, unable to work, in fact we would die.
Now apply this to the Church, if half of the members individually decided they were so insignificant that it made no difference to the health and strength of the body whether or not they did their part? The Church would be deprived of force and strength and become weak and unable to do the Work that God has commissioned us to do.
What God’s Church must come to understand and believe is that we are on a team and that our part, no matter what it is, is important. God’s knows our part is important, and He is holding us personally responsible for fulfilling it.
If we become involved in this Great Work, it will not be someone else’s work but our work in the greatest commission in the history of the world.
“And God said to Noah, the end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them and behold I will destroy them with the earth” (Gen. 6:13-14). Verse 14 “Make yourself an ark.” Then God goes on to give Noah the instructions on how to build the ark. Noah was commissioned to build an ark as a witness to his generation.
“And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine; And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel” (Ex. 19:3-6).
From these verses, Moses had to receive God’s law and build a nation. David founded a new dynasty and qualified to govern Israel forever. Daniel received great prophetic forewarnings of world significance, and John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus Christ.
Each one of these people received a fantastic commission, but none was more significant than the end-time commission God has given you and me in His Church. Now since we, in God’s Church, live at the time of the end, Jesus Christ has commissioned us to do a mounting combination of all that these men that you just read about.
Like Noah, we must witness to our world today, Matthew 24:14, “And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.” And at the same time we must prepare a people for the New World to come.
Like Moses, we received the Law, but in the Spirit, and we must help build a spiritual Israel. Like King David, we must qualify to become kings and priests and rule the nations forever. Like Daniel, we have received prophecies, that Daniel did not understand, and we must explain to the nations their dire and worldwide significant.
Like John the Baptist, we have to prepare the way for the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, His second and permanent coming.
Could anyone ever be chosen to perform and contribute to a greater cause than this? Are we now beginning to see that we have a great work today, not individually but as a team, the body of Jesus Christ?
“For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity (decay), not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (decay) into glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth (eagerly waiting) in pain together until now” (Rom. 8:19-22).
From these verses, can you see the need for us to roll up our sleeves and get on with the job in which you and I have an active part now? I hope that there isn’t anyone in God’s Church who thinks that they are unimportant and useless, because they can’t send large sums of money to God’s Work. They may think that their little bit won’t matter one way or the other.
“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury, and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites (small copper coins), which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury. For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living” (Mark 12:41-44).
This poor widow had the right attitude didn’t she? Do you know just how much two mites are? A mite was a small thin Jewish copper coin called a lepton, which meant peeled, or pared down. It had the value of a little over three-sixteenths of a penny, and she cast in two, all she had, about three-eighths of a cent. You probably do not know it, but much of this work is financed through the tithes and offerings of widows and widowers. People who contribute what they can from social security checks, many of which is their sole source of income. And their work availeth much.
Did Jesus Christ think the widow was unimportant and useless, no, in fact Christ praised her for doing her part, but not only that, Christ made sure her example was recorded in His Holy Bible for all to read? And remember the Books of Acts, which is a history of the Church, is not finished yet.
So your contribution, no matter how small is very important, but contributing money is only a part of what we all can do. What about praying, or do we feel that our prayers are just spiritual garnish, but not a real force in fulfilling our commission?
How does the Great God look at our prayers? “And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day” (Luke 2:36-37).
Notice what John had to say about prayer, “Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne” (Rev. 8:3.
In Matthew, chapter six, Jesus Christ gave us the sample outline for prayer, and in that outline the first thing He teaches us to focus our minds on, after worshipping and acknowledging the power of our Father, “Thy kingdom come.” So since we are preparing the way for the coming of that Kingdom, our prayers and supplications would have a great effect, don’t you think?
Incense is biblical symbol for prayer, but to burn properly; incense has to be beaten small. Likewise, to be most effective our prayers for the Work must be beaten small, be broken down and made very specific.
We should pray earnestly for the many things it takes daily to do the work of God, divine guidance, inspiration, intervention and protection, wisdom, good judgment, these are just some of the things to pray about. I hope that we understand that this work runs more on prayer power than on any other force.
Praying to God is not a substitute for not paying our tithes and giving offerings, but it is a multiplying of their effect. God enjoys having His people come to Him in prayer.
There is much, much more we can do, but we must be willing. “And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering to the work” (Ex. 35:21. Once a right attitude has made us willing, we will soon be looking for things to help in God’s Work.
Down through history, people from all walks of life, kings, widows, fugitives; have found a way to do their part, from building a temple to visiting the sick. We live in a cutthroat dog-eat-dog world, where the weak are continually exploited because they are weak.
Notice what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Rome. “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities (weakness) of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Rom. 15:1).
From time to time, people in God’s Church become spiritually, physically or financially weak. We need to be ready to offer a helping hand. To develop empathy for someone in affliction and to visit them really helps any wounds in the body of Christ to heal fast.
Notice I John 3:17, “Whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”
God’s Word shows we all definitely have our part to do in the Work of God. We are not some small organ in the body that has nothing to do. God has specifically placed us in the body for a great purpose.
We need to deeply believe and understand that Jesus Christ placed us in His Church as unique individual members and that we all have our own active role to perform for the healthy working of the overall Body of Christ.
“Christ says; “I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to reward every man according as his work shall be” (Rev. 22:12). So let’s get on with the job of accomplishing the greatest Work of all time. The world is waiting on us.