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Bible Training School

December 1, 1910

Work While the Day Lasts

Mrs. E. G. White

Never did the Lord Jesus confine His labors to one place. We read of Him that “He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease among the people. And His fame went throughout all Syria, and they brought unto Him all the sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those that were possessed with devils; and He healed them. And there followed Him a great multitude of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from beyond Jordan.”

Again we read, “When the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them to Him, and He laid His hands upon them and healed them. And devils also came out of many, crying out, saying, Thou art Christ, the Son of God. And He, rebuking them, suffered them not to speak; for they knew that He was Christ. And when it was day, He departed, and went into a desert place; and the people sought Him and came unto Him, and stayed Him, that He should not depart from them. And He said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also; for therefore am I sent.”

Christian missionary work was to be done in all places. The truth was to go from point to point. The disciples were to leave an example of how to establish the chain of truth, link after link. Christ worked as He desired them and all other laborers to work. The town and cities of Palestine resounded with the truths that fell from His lips.

How essential it is that today the truth be proclaimed in the same way! The world is our field of missionary toil. Everywhere the light of truth is to shine forth, that hearts, now in the sleep of ignorance, may be awakened and converted. In all countries and cities the gospel is to be proclaimed.

The seed of truth must be sown in the soil of the heart, in order that it may spring up and bear fruit. God's servants are to be laborers in places nigh and afar off, going to the regions beyond, even preparing to embrace a larger circumference. They are to work while the day lasts; for the night cometh in which no man can work. A Saviour uplifted on the cross is to be presented; and from many voices is to be heard the word, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Churches are to be organized and plans laid for work to be done by members of the newly organized churches. This gospel missionary work is to keep reaching out and annexing new territory, enlarging the cultivated portions of the vineyard. The circle is to extend until it belts [the world]. As workers go forth filled with earnest, happy zeal, thrilling with the love of God, the whole church at home is revived; for the success of the workers is regarded as a subject of deep, personal concern to every member of the church.

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