But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:31.
Some are in danger of giving way to envy lest another shall have the supremacy. They are liable not to recognize the gifts of their fellow workers as being as necessary to the success of the work as are their own gifts. But true love for God carries with it true, reverential trust. And he who loves God will love his brother also.
There is to be no ordering, no domineering, no masterly authority. The love of God, in a healing, life-giving current, is to flow through the life. The spirit and words and deeds of every worker are to show that he realizes that he is acting in Christ’s place. The power that he receives from the Great Teacher is the power to educate others, not the power to order or dictate. He is to come to Christ as one who desires to know how to teach and help others.
Patient, cheerful contentment is one of the “best gifts.” So also is courage to follow in the path of duty, even when this path separates us from friends. But courage of conviction must never lead to stubbornness, which leads a man to adhere to his own ideas. Let all watch and pray.
The talent of speech is a wonderful gift—a gift that can be a great power for good or for evil.
Intellectual ability, good taste, skill, refinement, true elevation—these God uses in His work. But they must first be placed under His jurisdiction. The Lord’s presence is to be a controlling power. He whose heart blends with the heart of Christ is, in desires and practices, conformed to the will of Christ.
We are to covet earnestly the best gifts, but this does not mean that we are to seek to be first. We are to strive earnestly for power to follow Christ’s example, that we may be heralds of His gospel. This is true religion. Temptations come; suspicions and evil surmising make it hard for us to preserve the spirit of the higher life; nevertheless the Lord desires us to walk straight forward in His blessed, holy light.—Pacific Union Recorder, July 26, 1906.
October 2, 2021 is designated as one of four special Quarterly Days of Prayer. Formerly the Day of Prayer and Fasting, this 4th Quarter we will focus on praying for wisdom how to understand and share the Three Angels' Messages. If ever there was a time in history that we should be preparing to share the Three Angels' Messages of love it is now. Spiritual darkness is thickening and we need His love and the Holy Spirit’s power to share the call to repentance and the good news of salvation with others. It is time to prepare for Jesus’ soon return. Join us for this special Day of Prayer.
Japan is one of the most difficult countries to reach with the gospel message. That’s why the world church invited a group of Japanese pastors to go to the Philippines to hold evangelistic meetings—some for the very first time—with the hopes they would return to Japan and hold their own series there. The plan was a success, but what we didn’t mention is that three courageous women—with no ministerial training—also felt called to join them and preach their own evangelistic series. Here is a short video of their stories. It reminds us, once again, that God calls not only those who are talented and able to do a task, but He enables all who are willing to go when He calls—and the results will amaze us every time!
In this sermon produced by 3ABN, Jill Morikone will share from the Bible 8 keys to resist temptation. As Christians, we love God and want to obey the things He has told us to do and not to do. We understand it's in our best interest, but fallen man has become selfish and deceitful. There is a constant struggle to turn away from evil and towards the ideal that God has revealed to us. Watch and listen as Jill digs through the scriptures to reveal how you can resist the temptations of this world.