When we see Jesus, a Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief, working to save the lost, slighted, scorned, derided, driven from city to city till His mission was accomplished; when we behold Him in Gethsemane, sweating great drops of blood, and on the cross dying in agony,—when we see this, self will no longer clamor to be recognized. Looking unto Jesus, we shall be ashamed of our coldness, our lethargy, our self-seeking. We shall be willing to be anything or nothing, so that we may do heart service for the Master. We shall rejoice to bear the cross after Jesus, to endure trial, shame, or persecution for His dear sake.E.G. White, Desire of Ages, pp. 439-440
We cannot be truly effectual in our service to God unless we are wholly consecrated to Him in all areas of our lives. Every task, every word, even every thought, must be for His glory and not our own. This is probably one of the most difficult lessons to learn, particularly for myself; after all, it takes great presence of mind and a concerted effort. We must be sincere in our desire to serve Him and not double-minded. This takes a complete retraining of the mind.Read more
Recently, my husband did a little studying, comparing the terms godliness and piety. The meanings are almost identical, yet the common usages led him to prefer piety. Although I am not sure that I generally prefer piety myself, it is a good word nonetheless! In the process of looking at what Sister White says about it, he came across these two quotes equating piety with power. I really loved them and decided to share. May they be a blessing to you!Read more
Brethren and sisters, let us cultivate unfeigned faith. Let unbending uprightness and lofty integrity characterize our every action. Let us give Christ the first place in our hearts. Let us make Him the man of our counsel. Looking unto Jesus in true simplicity, we shall inherit the overcomer’s reward.
— E.G. White, Letter 48, 1907