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Time for us to Give Heed

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

Written by: John Sernaque


Periodicals / MMR - Monthly Missionary Reading (1908) / May 9, 1908—An Appeal for Missions:

It is time for us to give heed to the teaching of the word of God. All his injunctions are given to do us good, to convert the soul from a life of sin to a life of righteousness. Everyone who is converted to the truth should be instructed regarding the Lord’s requirements for tithes and offerings. As churches are raised up, this work must be taken hold of decidedly. All that men enjoy they receive from the Lord’s great firm, and he is pleased to have his heritage enjoy his goods: but with all who stand under the blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel he has made a special contract that they show their dependence upon God and their accountability to him by returning to the treasury a certain portion of his own. This is to be invested in supporting the missionary work which must be done to fulfill the commission given by the Son of God just before he left his disciples. “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” { MMR May 9, 1908, par. 4 }

As Sister White says, we must give heed to the word of God. Tithing is as much a requirement from God as is keeping the Sabbath. If we have been converted to the truth, we are required to return unto God a tithe and an offering for His treasury. As disciples of Christ, we were commissioned by Him to invest in supporting the work which must be done before He can come again to take us home. All that we enjoy we receive from God, so let us give faithfully and cheerfully, as God loves a faithful and cheerful giver.

Our Father, God Almighty,

We thank You once again for giving us this privilege to return unto Your treasury that which You require of us. You have instructed us of Your requirements and we are honored to be co laborers with You in the work of salvation. All that we have, we received from Your firm and we thank You for being so good to us. We pray that You bless our tithes and offerings, that they be invested in the work which must be done before Your second advent. Please bless our ongoing evangelism programs, as well as those from the past and into the future. Keep us faithful and allow us to serve You with gladness. We thank You for hearing and answering our prayers and for giving us the victory over sin through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. All these things we ask and pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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