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The Idle Believer

Updated: Mar 19, 2022

Written by: John Sernaque

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Isaiah 65: 21-25

65:21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

65:22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

65:23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

The Bible does not acknowledge a believer who is idle, however high his profession may be. There will be employment in heaven. The redeemed state is not one of idle repose. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God, but it is a rest found in loving service. Some among the redeemed will have laid hold of Christ in the last hours of life, and in heaven instruction will be given to these ones, who when they died, did not understand perfectly the plan of salvation. Christ will lead the redeemed ones beside the river of life, and will open to them that which while on this earth they could not understand. “He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. { LLM 53.4 }

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads.” { LLM 53.5 }

Thank God, thank God! Let us improve every opportunity to reach poor, suffering, sinsick souls with the message of salvation. Let the precious light of truth be shed abroad. { LLM 54.1 }

As Bible believing Christians, it is a sin not to share what we know with the whole world. There are many among us that have not been blessed to read or learn of who our loving God is. Our God of love and mercy. To learn about the splendor of heaven that awaits the people of God. This is our work, our mission, to reach as many people as possible with the message of salvation. Sister White exclaims “Thank God, thank God!” we have this opportunity. This is the true work we have here while on earth. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. Isaiah 65:23. We were not redeemed to be idle, but to enjoy the work of our hands while serving our Great Redeemer.

Our Father, which art in heaven,

We thank You for giving us the privilege and opportunity to be able to joyfully serve You in the work of proclaiming the everlasting gospel to our fellow man. We pray that You grant us Your power and strength to go forth with our mission to reach as many people as we possibly can, far and wide. We pray that You place us at all the right places at the right times to be able to reach that soul in need. Grant us Your wisdom, understanding, and discernment to exercise this strength and power that is available to us from on High. We are sorry and repent of our sins and ask for Your forgiveness, and that one day we may join You in all of Your heavenly splendor. These things we ask and pray, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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