Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2.
When God’s people take their eyes off the things of this world and place them on heaven and heavenly things they will be a peculiar people, because they will see the mercy and goodness and compassion that God has shown to the children of men. His love will call forth a response from them, and their lives will show to those around them that the Spirit of God is controlling them, that they are setting their affections on things above, not on the things of the earth.
In thinking of heaven, we may put our imagination to the utmost stretch and think the loftiest thoughts that we are capable of thinking, and our minds will grow weary in the effort to comprehend the breadth and depth and height of the subject. It is impossible for our minds to take in the great themes of eternity. It is impossible for us even to make an effort to understand these things without the effort affecting our whole character for good and having an uplifting influence on our minds. As we think of how Christ came to our world to die for fallen man, we understand something of the price that was paid for our redemption, and we realize that there is no true goodness or greatness apart from God.
Only by the light shining from the cross of Calvary can we know to what depths of sin and degradation the human race has fallen through sin. Only by the length of the chain let down from heaven to draw us up can we know the depths to which we had sunk. And it is only by keeping the unseen realities in view that we can understand anything of the wonderful theme of redemption.
We are almost home; we shall soon hear the voice of the Saviour richer than any music, saying, Your warfare is accomplished. Enter into the joy of thy Lord. Blessed, blessed benediction; I want to hear it from His immortal lips. I want to praise Him; I want to honor Him that sitteth on the throne. I want my voice to echo and re-echo through the courts of heaven. Will you be there? ... God help us, and fill us with all fullness and power, and then we can taste of the joys of the world to come.
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One of the most outstanding appeals made by Ellen White for Revival and Reformation was published in the Review and Herald under the title "The Church’s Need." This much sought-after article has been reproduced in its entirety and is being shared here. We pray this inspires you as it has us!
Total Member Involvement
Many see the holidays as a time to get, but what if this could be an opportunity to learn to give in a new way, to help your family and children really be part of Total Member Involvement? The "Giving Calendar" created by the wives of Adventist Pastors, is designed to help families with children learn how to be more giving. This advent-style calendar counts down the days to Christmas by spending a little time each day focusing on one of twelve areas of service. Each day there is a special project or a special challenge of service. However, these daily calendar cards and projects are actually not Christmas specific, so while they are perfect for those that take part in the holiday season, they actually can be used by families during any month of the year. So however, you decide to use this calendar, we know your whole family will be very blessed by these inspiring devotionals and practical giving ideas. (Digital printable calendar is also available!)