An Army of Youth

With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world! How soon might the end come—the end of suffering and sorrow and sin! How soon, in place of a possession here, with its blight of sin and pain, our children might receive their inheritance where “the righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever;” where “the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick,” and “the voice of weeping shall be no more heard.” Psalm 37:29; Isaiah 33:24; 65:19.  {Education 271}

There are many young people who have a desire to do something; but we are told by friends, family and church members, through word and influence that we have to get an education; that we shouldn’t get so excited; that God needs us right where we are; that when God is ready, He will call people to finish the work. We hear these and a million other half-truths and a few outright lies and the church wonders why we leave; why we rebel; why we “don’t care.”

I don’t mean to say that these counsels are bad in their entirety. We need to learn. Excitement should be guided by wisdom. God needs workers all over the world. And the Holy Spirit is the one who works in us “both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13) But it is too easy, while we are getting “educated”, to lose sight of our goal. We must keep clear in our minds our vision. And what better vision could we have then the one that Jesus gave us in his last words before leaving this earth?

“Go.”

Christianity as a whole has not heard the worlds cry. And the few times it is presented to us, we stifle any feelings of pity or compassion that might be stirred up with a 5 or 10 dollar bill. The wounds of this world cannot be healed so cheaply as that. They need the same disinterested acts of love that Christ showed while he was here and the apostles continued to manifest after he was gone.

There is one source of true happiness; and that is Jesus. And through his example, he showed us how to obtain it.

In our life here, earthly, sin-restricted though it is, the greatest joy and the highest education are in service. And in the future state, untrammeled by the limitations of sinful humanity, it is in service that our greatest joy and our highest education will be found—witnessing, and ever as we witness learning anew “the riches of the glory of this mystery;” “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27. 102 {Education 309}

I planned on just writing another post and it looks like I wrote a sermon, but these are some of the things I’ve been thinking about lately. May God guide each one of you!

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