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Manuscript Releases, vol. 14 [Nos. 1081-1135], Page 26

MR No. 1085—Christians, Like Soldiers, May Face Hardships, and Must Work Together in Unity

(Written to Dr. J. H. Kellogg, in July, 1886, from Basle, Switzerland.)

Oh, how my soul desires to see those who are connected with our publishing houses, our colleges, and health institutions making improvement through the wise use of every power the Lord has given them. Every faculty belongs to God, and is to be used to His glory. The worthier the Master, the more efficient service should we render as servants.

Those who are connected with the work of God to benefit humanity should honor God by rendering to Him the best that they are capable of doing. Half-hearted, selfish work He does not accept at all. He claims of us that every power He has lent us shall be put to active exercise, that it may receive strength and culture.

In ancient times men were not allowed to lay on God's altar and maimed, the halt, the blind, and God is no better pleased with the poorest offerings today. He requires the best. If we offer to God weak and feeble intellect and ill-trained movements, faculties clogged and weakened by disuse, and then be unable to do good service, God cannot be pleased with such offerings. The workers for the Lord in special service were well trained, picked

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