them special warning: "Take heed to yourselves, lest at
any time your heart be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." If the church pursues a course similar to that of the world, they will share the same fate. Nay, rather, as they have received greater light, their punishment will be greater than that of the impenitent.
We as a people profess to have truth in advance of every other people upon the earth. Then our life and character should be in harmony with such a faith. The day is just upon us when the righteous shall be bound like precious grain
in bundles for the heavenly garner,
while the wicked are, like the tares, gathered for the fires of the
last great day. But the wheat and
tares "grow together until the harvest." In the discharge of life's
duties the righteous will to the last
be brought in contact with the
ungodly. The children of light are scattered among the children of darkness, that the contrast may be seen by all. Thus are the children of God to "show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." The divine love glowing in the heart, the Christ like harmony manifested in the life, will be as a glimpse of heaven granted to men of the world that they may see and appreciate its excellence.
Like will attract like. Those who are drinking from the same fountain of blessing will draw nearer together. Truth dwelling in the hearts of believers will lead to blessed and happy assimilation. Thus will be answered the prayer of Christ that His disciples might
be one even as He is one with the
Father. For this oneness every truly
converted heart will be striving.
In this season of conflict and trial we need all the support and consolation we can derive
from righteous principles, from
fixed religious convictions, from the abiding assurance of the love of Christ, and from a rich
experience in divine things. We shall attain to the full stature of men and women in Christ Jesus only as the result of a steady growth in grace.
Oh, what can I say to open blind eyes, to enlighten the spiritual under-standing! Sin must be crucified. A complete moral renovation must be wrought by the Holy Spirit. We must have the love of God, with living, abiding faith. This is the gold tried in the fire. We can obtain it only of Christ. Every sincere and earnest seeker will become a partaker of the divine nature. His soul will be filled with intense longing to know the fullness of that love which passes knowledge; as he advances in the divine life he will be better able to grasp the elevated, ennobling truths of the word of God, until by beholding he becomes changed and is enabled to reflect the likeness of his Redeemer. (5 Testimonies, pp. 99-101 & 105)
By Ellen G. White