December 2018 | Pasay City
By Joel L. Sarmiento
When we accepted Christ’s offered salvation, we became part of His mission and as part of His last-day church, we carry this message that will lead lives to Jesus, the only Source of salvation.
Our primary message is to proclaim the everlasting gospel (Revelation 14:6). We need to urge people to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. God's messenger, Ellen White declared, “Of all professing Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be foremost in uplifting Christ before the world” (Gospel Workers, 156). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can guide people to repent from their sin (Rev 16:4-11), invite them to worship God (Rev. 7:9-10) and hold on to the hope He offers (Rev. 11:15-19).
Being aware of the happenings in the world today, we don't have much time. Looking closely at some passages in the book of Revelation indicates the urgency of our mission.
Judgment Has Begun
The judgment has already begun (Rev. 16:6). People NOW must decide where they stand. The Three Angels’ messages presented in Revelation 14:6-12 are Gods’ last appeal. Ken MacFarland (2006) pointed out in his book The Called... The Chosen, “His last warning to the billions living on this earth as time runs out its final years and hours. Just as Noah appealed to and warned the world of his time, and just as John the Baptist appealed to and warned the world before Christ’s first coming, God has a people whose task and privilege it is to appeal to and warn the world that Jesus is almost here.” (115).
Jesus Is Coming Soon
God's mission is urgent because the time is short. ... He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20).
We Need to Help People Prepare
In the light of the soon coming of Christ and the need to prepare to meet Him, God's urgent, compassionate call comes home to each of us: "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Rev. 18:4, 5).
People die every day. Many did not even have the opportunity to hear the Truth. Let us continue to faithfully do our task focusing on cities and not only in places where people are easy to be reached.
In her book Medical Missionary, Ellen White reminds us to give more attention to the work in the cities, "Cities to be worked without delay. The message that I am bidden to bear to our people at this time is, work the cities without delay, for the time is short. The Lord has kept this work before us for the last twenty years or more. A little has been done in a few places, but much more might be done. I am carrying a burden day and night because so little is being accomplished to warn the inhabitants of our great centers of population of the judgments that will fall upon the transgressors of God's law" (p. 300).
As Christ’s second coming approaches, her words clearly indicates urgency, “The work in the cities is the essential work for this time. When the cities are worked as God would have them, the result will be the setting in operation of a mighty movement such as we have not yet witnessed.”(304).
May this issue continually inspire us to be intentional in doing the mission, NOW! May we be encouraged and blessed also by the ministry and evangelism reports in our territory.
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.