I have a special message to
bear. The Lord is to be our Light, and
we are to reflect the light He gives us.
We must be sanctified, soul, body, and spirit. Every moment we must be on our guard lest we
be overcome by our adversaries.
We have been made to feel very sad as we have seen
some who were formerly fellow-laborers yielding to the
deceptions of Satan, and turning away from the truth. But we must be of good courage. God will help us if we put our trust in Him. We must look to Him for wisdom, and not
The brethren and sisters who know the truth are not to
draw largely upon the ministers for help.
Let the messengers of God be left as free as possible to labor for the
multitudes who are unwarned.
Needs of the
To my brethren in positions of responsibility I would
say, the needs of the large cities have been kept before you. You have had message after message concerning
your duty. And now what will you do that
the charge of the Lord may be obeyed?
Upon all the Lord is calling: “And that, knowing the time, that now it
is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when
we (first) believed. The night is far
spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and
let us put on the armor of light”; “redeeming the time, because the days are
evil.” [Romans 13:11, 12; Ephesians 5:16.]
As we begin active work for the multitudes in the
cities, the enemy will work mightily to bring in confusion, hoping thus to
break up the working forces. Some who are not thoroughly converted, are in constant
danger of mistaking the suggestions of the enemy for leadings of the Spirit of
God. As the Lord has given us light, let
us walk in the light. We are not to be
satisfied with a cheap experience. We
need to examine ourselves to see where we fail, that on these points we may
gain precious victories.
All boasting is sinful. Let us put away all self-exaltation, and heed
the invitation of Christ. He says, Come
unto Me; copy My character; take My yoke upon you, and
learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your
souls. [Matthew 11:28, first part, 29.] When
professed Christians manifest Christ-likeness by revealing his meekness, then
they will give evidence that they are born into the kingdom of Christ.
The workers in the harvest field are the Lord’s messengers, they are to help one another. May the Lord help us that we may obtain great
Then, knowing the source of our strength, let us hold fast, looking unto
Jesus the Author and the Finisher of our faith.
Satan is at work with vehement power to divert the
minds of the multitudes, so that they shall not understand and obey the
truth. He will entangle them with every
snare that he can devise. The picture of
his deceptive work has been presented to me again and again for many years.
But his supreme effort is to ensnare and deceive
church members who have had long experience, and ministers of the gospel of
Christ. With all their ingenuity, Satan
and the armies under him are working with their superior knowledge to deceive,
if possible, the very elect. By
self-exaltation we become weak, and invite the temptations of the enemy. Our safety is to practice heartily the truths
of the Bible. By humbling ourselves
before God we invite His saving power.
Let every minister standing in defense of the truth
realize that he is to do his work under the direction of the Lord Jesus
Christ. We must remember that though
they have lost their first state, the fallen angels are wise above the wisdom
of earth; for they have been in the councils of heaven.
I have felt a heavy burden that our leading ministers
shall be found faithful to their trust, wise, and discriminating. If a wrong spirit is cherished by those who
are appointed to be light bearers, the carrying of the soul-saving messages to
the multitude will be hindered, and souls will be lost. What is needed now is thorough conversion and
whole-hearted consecration. He who is
closely connected with Christ will be strengthened to withstand human and
We are living in perilous times, and it is not in the order of the Lord
that our ministers shall dwell upon questions about which there is known to be
a serious difference of opinion among themselves.
Let nothing be done rashly, in a manner that will
arouse prejudice. Let no one act on
impulse, putting forth publications of such a nature as to weaken the hand of
God’s messengers, and close doors to the entrance of the truth.
Christ was the majesty of heaven, the only begotten
Son of God. Yet “God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.”
Christ clothed His divinity with humanity, that He
might encircle humanity. Cannot his
followers be willing to submit to some things that they cannot clearly
understand, in order to be able to help those who need help?
Wake up the
Our cities are to be worked. To devote our efforts to other worthy
enterprises, and leave unworked our cities, in which
are large numbers of all nationalities, is not wise. A beginning is now to be made, and means must
be raised that the work may go forward.
With mighty power the cry is again to be sounded in our large centers of
population. “Behold the Bridegroom
cometh, go ye out to meet Him.” [Matthew
Money is needed for the prosecution of the work.
. . . It seems difficult to
make our people feel a special burden for the work in the large cities.
I appeal to our brethren who have heard the message
for many years. It is time to wake up
the watchmen. I have expended my
strength in giving the message the Lord has given me. The burden of the needs of our cities has
rested so heavily upon me that it has sometimes seemed that I should die. May the Lord give wisdom to our brethren,
that they may know how to carry forward the work in harmony with the will of
Pamphlet 020 (1910), 2–5.
Ellen G. White (1827–1915)
wrote more than 5,000 periodical
articles and 40 books
during her lifetime. Today, including
compilations from her 50,000
pages of manuscript, more than 100
titles are available in English.
She is the most translated woman writer in the entire history of
literature, and the most translated American author of either gender.