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He Has Made Us Glad is our family’s personal ministry. We are a husband and wife who God has lead together to serve our Heavenly Father and His Only-Begotten Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We live by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us and our only hope is rooted in receiving the Spirit of Jesus day-by-day so that we will, by His Grace, be ready for the fulfillment of His promise to return again and receive us to Himself for eternity. Bible prophecy reveals to us we are on the very verge of the end of this world, and the only way to be ready is to have the life of Jesus Christ living inside of you.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:4

“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17 (nkjv)

There is one way to receive life. That is through Jesus Christ. All spiritual blessings have been given to us in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3). There is no other way, truth, or life to be had outside of Him.

We pray that this blog God has gifted us will lead you to the only One who can make you whole.

With love and faith,
Raul and Jodi Collado

Bienvenidos a nuestro blog He Has Made Us Glad (El nos a hechos gozozos)!  
He Has Made Us Glad es un ministerio personal de nuestra familia. Somos un esposo y una esposa que Dios esta guiando juntos para servirle a El y Su Hijo unigenito, Señor y Salvador, Jesuscristo. Vivimos por la fe del Hijo de Dios cual nos amo and se entrego a Si mismo por nosotros, y nuestra unica esperanza esta fundada en recivir el Espiritu de Jesus dia en dia, para que podamos por Su Gracia estar listos para el cumplimiento de Su prometida venida and recibirnos a El mismo para la eternidad. La profecia biblica nos revela que estamos al punto del fin del mundo, y el unico camino para estar listos es tienendo la vida de Jesucristo viviendo dentro.

“Jesús le dice: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida: nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.” Juan 14:6

“El ladrón no viene sino para hurtar, y matar, y destruir: yo he venido para que tengan vida, y para que la tengan en abundancia.” Juan 10:10

“Cuando Cristo, vuestra vida, se manifestare, entonces vosotros también seréis manifestados con él en gloria.” Colosenses 3:4

“Empero el que se junta con el Señor, un espíritu es.” 1 Corintios 6:17

Hay una manera de recivir vida. Y es por medio de Jesucristo. Toda bendiones espirituales nos son dadas en Jesucristo (Efesios 1:3). No hay otro camino, verdad, o vida que se pueda tener fuera de El.  

Oramos para este blog que Dios nos a regalado te guie al Unico quien te hara completo.

Con fe y amor,
Raul and Jodi Collado

Blessed are the Meek

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

Jesus’ invitation to all is as follows:

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Taking the yoke of Christ is taking His meekness and lowliness in heart. This alone will bring us true rest and peace unto our souls.

I am convinced that the church has rejected the meekness of Christ. (Not every single member in the body, but as a majority- yes)

I can testify of this because I too had the title of a Christian, as many do, but I knew close to nothing of Christ, His mission, and this meekness and lowliness of heart He invites us to receive from Him. I had the experience of 2 Timothy 3:5: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

The following writings I want to share have really helped me understand the meekness of Christ, and realize how impossible it is to obtain it on our own. I pray they will be a blessing to you as well, and I can say without a doubt in my heart that reading these statements have changed my life for the better.

“Meekness is a precious grace, willing to suffer silently, willing to endure trials. Meekness is patient, and labors to be happy under all circumstances. Meekness is always thankful, and makes its own songs of happiness, making melody in the heart to God. Meekness will suffer disappointment and wrong, and will not retaliate. Meekness is not to be silent and sulky. A morose temper is the opposite of meekness; for this only wounds and gives pain to others, and takes no pleasure to itself.”

Testimonies for the Church 3:335

‘Blessed are the meek.’ Matthew 5:5

“Throughout the Beatitudes there is an advancing line of Christian experience. Those who have felt their need of Christ, those who have mourned because of sin and have sat with Christ in the school of affliction, will learn meekness from the divine Teacher.

Patience and gentleness under wrong were not characteristics prized by the heathen or by the Jews. The statement made by Moses under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that he was the meekest man upon the earth, would not have been regarded by the people of his time as a commendation; it would rather have excited pity or contempt. But Jesus places meekness among the first qualifications for His kingdom. In His own life and character the divine beauty of this precious grace is revealed.

Jesus, the brightness of the Father’s glory, thought ‘it not a thing to be grasped to be on an equality with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant.’ Philippians 2:6,7. Through all the lowly experiences of life He consented to pass, walking among the children of men, not as a king, to demand homage, but as one whose mission it was to serve others. There was in His manner no taint of bigotry, no cold austerity. The world’s Redeemer had a greater than angelic nature, yet united with His divine majesty were meekness and humility that attracted all to Himself.

Jesus emptied Himself, and in all that He did, self did not appear. He subordinated all things to the will of His Father. When His mission on earth was about to close, He could say, ‘I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.’ John 17:4. And He bids us, ‘Learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.’ ‘If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself’ (Matthew 11:29; 16:24); let self be dethroned and no longer hold the supremacy of the soul.

He who beholds Christ in His self-denial, His lowliness of heart, will be constrained to say, as did Daniel, when he behold One like the sons of men, ‘My comeliness was turned in me into corruption.’ Daniel 10:8. The independence and self-supremacy in which we glory are seen in their true vileness as tokens of servitude to Satan. Human nature is ever struggling for expression, ready for contest; but he who learns of Christ is emptied of self, of pride, of love of supremacy, and there is silence in the soul. Self is yielded to the disposal of the Holy Spirit. Then we are not anxious to have the highest place. We have no ambition to crowd and elbow ourselves into notice; but we feel that our highest place is as the feet of our Saviour. We look too Jesus, waiting for His hand to lead, listening for His voice to guide. The apostle Paul had this experience, and he said, ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

When we receive Christ as an abiding guest in the soul, the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The Saviour’s life on earth, though lived in the midst of conflict, was a life of peace. While angry enemies were constantly pursuing Him, He said, ‘He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.’ John 8:29. No storm of human or satanic wrath could disturb the calm of that perfect communion with God. And He says to us, ‘Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you.’ Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest. John 14:27; Matthew 11:29. Bear with Me the yoke of service for the glory of God and the uplifting of humanity, and you will find the yoke easy and the burden light.

It is the love of self that destroys our peace. While self is all alive, we stand ready continually to guard it from mortification and insult; but when we are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God, we shall not take neglects or slights to heart. We shall be deaf to reproach and blind to scorn and insult. ‘Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth.’ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 R.V.

Happiness drawn from earthly sources is as changeable as varying circumstances can make it; but the peace of Christ is a constant and abiding peace. It does not depend upon any circumstances in life, on the amount of worldly goods or the number of earthly friends. Christ is the fountain of living water, and happiness drawn from Him can never fail.

The meekness of Christ, manifested in the home, will make the inmates happy; it provokes no quarrel, gives back no angry answer, but soothes the irritated temper and diffuses a gentleness that is felt by all within its charmed circle. Wherever cherished, it makes the families of earth a part of the one great family above.
(Can you imagine what the condition of the church would be if every family within its ranks truly had the meekness of Christ?!)

Far better would it be for us to suffer under false accusation than to inflict upon ourselves the torture of retaliation upon our enemies. The spirit of hatred and revenge originated with Satan, and can bring only evil to him who cherishes it. Lowliness of heart, that meekness which is the fruit of abiding in Christ, is the true secret of blessing. ‘He will beautify the meek with salvation.’ Psalm 149:4.

The meek ‘shall inherit the earth.’ It was through the desire for self-exaltation that sin entered into the world, and our first parents lost the dominion over this fair earth, their kingdom. It is through self-abnegation that Christ redeems what was lost. And He says we are to overcome as He did. Revelation 3:21 Through humility and self-surrender we may become heirs with Him when ‘the meek shall inherit the earth.’ Psalm 37:11.

The earth promised to the meek will not be like this, darkened with the shadow of death and the curse. ‘We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.’ ‘There shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him.’ 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 22:3.

There is no disappointment, no sorrow, no sin, no one who shall say, I am sick; there are no burial trains, no mourning, no death, no partings, no broken hearts; but Jesus is there, peace is there. There ‘they shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for He that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall He guide them.’ Isaiah 49:10.”

(Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, emphasis mine)

I praise God that He is willing to work in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure, which includes developing the meekness of Christ from within. (Philippians 2:13) I have no ability on my own to exercise meekness, but I claim the promise that: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

Friends, let us strive together to not only take the name of Christ, but to take His yoke upon us also. He promises that His yoke is easy, and His burden is light!

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” 
Psalms 25:9

Have a blessed day,
Jodi Collado

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Working With Him

C.T. Studd had been a very wealthy man, but when he found Christ as his Saviour from sin, he totally dedicated his life to the One who had died that he might have eternal life. Leaving his native England, he went by ship to China. There he worked, year after year, to bring lost souls to a knowledge of Jesus. Finally, he became sick—so ill that the doctors called him a “museum of tropical diseases.” So he returned to England; his life seemingly near its end. But he was thankful for what God had used him to do in leading others to Jesus.

Then, while walking the streets one day after his return, he saw an announcement of a missionary rally to be held that evening. In large print, at the top, it said, “Cannibals Need Missionaries.” He laughed at the wording, but went to the meeting that night. There the conviction came to him that he must go as a missionary to Africa.

His friends thought he was beside himself. Aged, a grandfather, still a sick man,—and he was planning to go to Africa!

And to Africa Studd went; there to work in areas where no white man had ever been. He worked day and night to give the native people the gospel of what Jesus could do for their lives.

For seventeen pain-racked years he worked in Africa, without once going home on furlough. As he worked, he trained others to work with him. He had given everything for Christ, and others came to share in his sacrifice and his labors.

Finally, he was in so much pain that his personal attendant, Jimmy Taylor, thought that Studd was definitely dying. Getting up at 11:00pm, he went over to give him a pain-killing injection so that he could get some sleep.

Later, at 3:00am, Taylor became concerned and thought he had better check to see that C.T. Studd was still alive. Arriving at his hut, he found it empty! On the table were several pages with writing on them, and a brief note. It read: “Dear Jim, I have translated a couple more chapters of Acts and I am off now on my bicycle to reach another tribe for Jesus.”

To live with Jesus is to work with Jesus.

“God is the source of life and light and joy to the universe. Like rays of light from the sun, like the streams of water bursting from a living spring, blessings flow out of Him to all His creatures. And wherever the life of God is in the hearts of men, it will flow out to others in love and blessing.” Steps to Christ, 77.

—Taken from Shelter in the Storm.

“Many feel that it would be a great privilege to visit the scenes of Christ’s life on earth, to walk where He trod, to look upon the lake beside which He loved to teach, and the hills and valleys on which His eyes so often rested. But we need not go to Nazareth, to Capernaum, or to Bethany, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus. We shall find His footprints beside the sickbed, in the hovels of poverty, in the crowded alleys of the great city, and in every place where there are human hearts in need of consolation. In doing as Jesus did when on earth, we shall walk in His steps.” Desire of Ages, 640.

How to Treat Persecutors

In Romans 12:14 we are commanded: “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”

When reading this verse we may automatically think of cursing as using profane language-swearing. But to curse means to speak ill. The opposite of this is to bless, which means to speak well of. 

Let us at these two words in the Greek

Curse: Greek word, kataraomai:
To execrate; by analogy to doom: – curse.
execrate means to: Feel or express great loathing for.

Bless: Greek word, eulogeō:
to speak well of, that is, (religiously) to bless (thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper): – bless, praise.

Sometimes men persecute by order of law, and sometimes persecution is executed illegally, but whether it is by law or not, no hard or ill words are to be used against those who do it. Actually, according to the Word of God, those inflicting persecution are to be spoken well of!

In short, to persecute someone is to subject them to hostility and ill-treatment.

Have you ever been treated ill by someone? Have you ever witnessed someone treat someone else badly and it upsets you? Have you ever had someone be hostile towards you?

God is telling you to “bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not.”


You may be thinking, that is impossible! And it’s true, it is impossible- without God. But Jesus says, “. . . with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

One cannot bless them which persecute them without the Spirit of Christ, who prayed for His betrayers and murderers, and who did not bring railing accusation even against the devil (See Jude 9).

To speak well of those who have hurt us is not natural to the human nature, and this is why we must be born again of the Spirit (John 3:3).

To heed the instruction given to us in Romans 12:14, we must ask in prayer to be born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. Throughout the day we have the privilege to earnestly pray the prayer David prayed: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalms 51:10). Then we can have the assurance that: “. . . it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

And it is God’s will and good pleasure for His children to bless and curse not.

Keeping the Peace

In Romans 12:18 we are commanded:

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

We are told here that if it be possible, we are to live peaceably with all men. But what is the limit to this possibility? Do we try and keep peace as long as we can hold out and then when the provocation is so great, we treat the one troubling us with a dose of their own medicine? Certainly, this cannot be the conclusion a sound Bible student would come to, because it would contradict Scripture. Remember, we are told by Jesus: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). We are always to treat others the way we would want to be treated in any given circumstance no matter how ill their treatment towards us may be. For we are also told by God: “bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not” (Romans 12:14)

So how is this exhortation applied practically to our lives? Remember, the verse says, “as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” We can not control other people from unrest, but we can be at peace ourselves.


“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

“Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15).

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

Those who have this abiding peace of God will never have any trouble with any person.

Comfort in Affliction

Has anything been left as a legacy to the righteous?
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Psalms 34:19.
“Affliction and sorrow are terms of wide and general application; grief and distress have reference to particular cases. Affliction is the stronger term. The suffering lies deeper in the soul, and arises from the powerful cause, such as the loss of what is most dear– friends, health, property, etc.” –Webster. All men have afflictions, but the person who gives up all for Christ is expected to have more than those of the opposite class.

What ought those in affliction to have from their friends?
“To him that is afflicted, pray should be showed from his friend.” Job 6:14

If one visits, and shows pity toward those in affliction, what does it indicate that he possesses?
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27

What did David say with reference to his affliction?
“It is good for us that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statues.” Psalms 119:71

Before he had affliction, what was his tendency?
“Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now have I kept thy word.” Psalms 119:67

When affliction came upon him, what did he consider it was for?
“Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.” Psalms 25:18. The last clause of the text indicates that he attributed his affliction to the fact of his having sinned.

How does God regard the cry of the afflicted?
“He heareth the cry of the afflicted.” Job 34:28

With what feelings does the Lord look upon his children?
“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” Psalms 103:13

What has the Lord promised to be to those who are oppressed?
“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” Psalms 9:9

When the Saviour was about to go away from the earth, what did he say he would send to his disciples?
“If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7

What is the Comforter called?
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” John 15:26

What has the Lord promised to the mourner?
“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

When the mothers in Bethlehem were mourning for their children who had been slain by the decree of Herod, how did the prophet comfort them?
“Thus saith the Lord: refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.” Jeremiah 31:16; compare with Matthew 2:16-18

What does the apostle present as a comfort to those who have lost dear friends by death?
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. . . wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18

When one has received the Comforter in his heart, what use should he make of it?
“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 NOTE– One who has passed through trouble and affliction himself, and received comfort from God, is better able to administer comfort to others who are in trouble, than he who has not been through the same; for otherwise how would he know what words to use that would prove a balm to the afflicted? God designs that every one shall use the Spirit given him in ministering to others, rather than in selfishly enjoying alone the comfort it brings.

When Paul was in trouble, how did the lord comfort him?
“Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus.” 2 Corinthians 7:6

When in affliction, how should one rest his case?
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28. If one loves God, he may rest assured that out of his affliction good will come.

How did the bonds which were endured by Paul work for good?
“But I would ye should understand, brethren that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places.” Philippians 1:12,13

How does Christ exhort those who have tribulation in the world?
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

What comforted the apostle in these troubles?
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

What did he call the troubles that beset him?
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17

“Deem not they are blest alone
Whose lives a peaceful tenor keep;
For God, who pities man, hath shown
A blessing to the eyes that weep.

The light of smiles shall fill again
The lids that overflow with tears,
And weary hours of woe and pain
Are promises of happier years.

For God has marked each sorrowing day,
And numbered every secret tear,
And heaven’s long age of bliss shall pay
For all his children suffer here.”
— William Cullen Bryant

This study was taken from 1890 Bible Readings for the Home Circle.
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Words to the Young

The following was published May 4, 1893 from a periodical called the “Youth’s Instructor”. The faithful servant God used to write this article knew Jesus as her all-in-all. May we all, by God’s grace, obtain such a knowledge to make us fit to someday enter the city of God.

“Words to the Young”
May 4, 1893

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord.” Thank God that it is our privilege to be called witnesses for God. Then if we are witnesses, we must speak for Christ, and lift him up among our associates. When we see the ardor and religious zeal of any of our companions growing cool, we must help and encourage such a one, pray with and for him, that he may be a true witness for the Lord. The youth may be a power for Christ, if they will maintain their simplicity, and not seek to present something startling something original, but teach the precepts of their Lord. But to invest the simplest truths with novelty and singularity, is to rob them of their power to win souls to Christ.

Let our youth live and work as in the sight of Heaven, and not strive to put forth something new and startling, but to present the simple, blessed lessons which Christ has given to his disciples to be passed along the lines to our times. Let their actions testify that they know how to pray, how to labor personally for souls for whom Christ has died, not waiting for some promising subject, but laboring for the sinner just as he is, revealing to him the love of Christ for fallen man.

The greatest Teacher the world ever knew was admired for his simplicity; for he presented divine truth in such a way that even children could comprehend his words, and at the same time he drew the attention of the best educated and deepest thinkers of the world. By the use of familiar illustrations he made truth plain to the minds of the common people. In simplicity he sowed the seed of the gospel truth in the minds and hearts of his hearers, and it sprang up and yielded a harvest unto everlasting life.

How much need there is that the youth who are to be witnesses for Christ, learn how to labor for those who know not Jesus. How necessary it is that they should understand how to make the lessons of Christ clear and conclusive. The use of long words and soaring eloquence is not essential to success. What you need is a living experience in the things of God and simplicity in presenting the love of Christ to the lost. Many of the souls out of Christ are in deplorable ignorance of even the simplest facts concerning the plan of salvation. When the heart is aglow with the love of Jesus, you will express it to others, and become witnesses for Christ.

If you truly belong to Christ, you will have opportunities for witnessing for him. You will be invited to attend places of amusement, and then it will be that you will have an opportunity to testify to your Lord. If you are true to Christ then, you will not try to form excuses for your non-attendance, but will plainly and modestly declare that you are a child of God, and your principles would not allow you to be in a place, even for one occasion, where you could not invite the presence of your Lord. We should not permit the spirit of conservatism to lead us to misrepresent our Lord. Our daily influence must be like that of Christ. We must practice self-denial, overcome temptation, and daily grow in grace. We cannot be witnesses for Christ without his Holy Spirit to work upon our hearts; but he has said that our heavenly Father is more willing to give us the Holy Spirit than parents are to give good gifts to their children. We are to receive the Holy Spirit, and through its agency the sinner will be impressed with the fact that in Jesus there are to be found joys superior to those of earth.

You are to regard yourself as the property of Jesus Christ, as one whom He expects to become a laborer with God. Let the youth compare their characters with that of the pattern. Do you turn away in sorrow from the picture of your neglect of duty, of your indulgence in selfishness, of your unlikeness to the life of Christ? Can you say that it is your delight to be a doer of the words of Christ? When selfish projects are presented to you, do you closely examine your motives, and turn away from that which is not dictated by the Spirit of God? Do selfish desires control you, or do you honor God by consulting his word, by earnestly seeking him in prayer that he may guide you in wisdom? Do not many of you stand in the position of the half-hearted, inviting satan to use you as his agents to misrepresent Christ to the world? Do you not do those things which you know a Christian ought not to do? And do you not neglect the very work that God has appointed you to do?

Be assured that if you fully consecrate yourself to God, self will die, and your life will be hid with Christ in God. O that all the youth would seek with an earnestness proportionate to the great object set before them, for eternal life! O that they might realize what eternal life includes, that they might pursue it with all diligence! The enterprise that God approves is one that is safe. Then why not make the gaining of eternal life your only business, and discard everything that will not further you in its attainment? Let no business engagement or pleasure party keep you away from the house of prayer. Be ready to catch every ray of light that shines upon the people of God, in order that you may shine as a light in the world. Make no engagements that will keep you away from the place where the presence of Jesus will be. If you are indifferent to the privileges that God graciously grants you to lay hold upon eternal life, you may be numbered at last among the foolish virgins, whose lamps were not trimmed and burning, who took no oil with them in their vessels, and whose light flickered out.

Why not be witnesses for Christ? Why not have light in your lamps, and benefit the world by your steady ray? Do you ask what you must do in order to work the works of God? This is the answer: “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he has sent.” Believe in Christ as your personal Saviour, and abide in him, and he will abide in you. Jesus says, “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

The work above all work– the business above all others which should draw and engage the energies of the soul– is the work of saving souls for whom Christ has died. Make this the main, the important work of your life. Make it your special life-work. Cooperate with Christ in this grand and noble work, and become home and foreign missionaries. Be ready and efficient to work at home or in far-off climes for the saving of souls. Work the works of God, and demonstrate your faith in your Saviour by toiling for others. O that young and old were thoroughly converted to God, and would take up the duty that lies next them, and work as they have opportunity, becoming laborers together with God! Should this come to pass, multitudes of voices would show forth the praises of him who hath called them out of darkness in to his marvelous light.

“Without me,” Christ says, “ye can do nothing.” Then be sure to open the heart to Jesus. Let simple prayer go up from your heart to God, pleading that you may not fail to appreciate his promises, and to understand the conditions upon which salvation is given. Plead this, not only for your own satisfaction, but that you may make the way of salvation plain to those that are in darkness. We must approach unto God with the simplicity of a little child, and present to him his pledged word. Educating the soul to the simplicity of faith, will be the very discipline best suited to the work we shall be called upon to do for those who are in the world, without God or hope. The minds of the worldly are dull of comprehension regarding spiritual things, and it will call for simplicity to deal with them, and teach them of the blessings that those may have who daily follow the Lamb of God whithersoever he goeth. The truth will need to be presented and made as simple as the A-B-C of the alphabet is made to the primary pupil. Take the simplest truth bringing Christ before the mind, and angels will cooperate with you in making the impression upon the honest inquierer. You are to be the agent through whom God will speak to the soul. Precious things will be brought to your remembrance, and with a heart overflowing with the love of Jesus, you will speak words of vital interest and import. Your simplicity and sincerity will be the highest eloquence, and your words will be registered in the books of heaven as fit words, which are like apples of gold in pictures of silver. God will make them a healing flood of heavenly influence, awakening conviction and desire, and Jesus will add his intercession to your prayers, and claim for the sinner the gift of the Holy Spirit, and pour it upon his soul. And there will be joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

  • From the pen of Ellen G White. .

The Lord’s Day

On what foundation is the Christian church built?
“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone.” Eph 2:20. Christ, then, is the corner-stone of both apostles and prophets, one as much as the other.

By whom were all things created?
“Which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.” Eph 3:9

When was the creation finished?
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it wa very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and earth were finished, and all the host of them.” Gen 1:31, 2:1

What did the Creator do on the seventh day?
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” Gen 2:2. If all things were made by Jesus Christ (John 1:3, 10; Col. 1:16), then he rested on the first seventh day from his labor of the creation of the world, just the same as did the Father.

After resting from his creative work on that seventh day, what did the Creator do?
“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Gen 2:3. John 1:3,10 says that not only was the world made by Christ, but that without him was not ANYTHING made that was made.

Was the Sabbath made?
“And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27. Then Christ made the Sabbath, and instead of its being “Jewish” it is Christian.

In view of this, what claim does Christ make to the Sabbath?
“Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:28

How much honor is due to Christ?
“All men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth no the Son, honoreth not the Father which hath sent him.” John 5:23. Christ, then, must be honored with his Father, as Creator. And to honor him as Creator, one must regard the day that was set apart to commemorate the creative work.

Did Christ, who is the corner-stone of the church of God, keep the Sabbath day that he himself had blessed and sanctified?
“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as hi scustom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16

When the Saviour predicted the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and the consequent flight of the disciples from Judea, how did he urge them to regard the Sabbath in that flight?
“But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.” Matt. 24:20.
Notes.- Nothing is more certain than that at the time of the Roman invasion (A.D. 70) here referred to by the Saviour, the Sabbath was in his mind, and he commanded his disciples to pray to be saved from fleeing on that day. And yet that flight was to b so sudden that no one was to stop to take anything from his house. But even though this was the case, he would have them regard the sacredness of the Sabbath. That flight occurred thirty- nine years after the crucifixion of Christ. If the day was sacred then, it can be no less so in this year of grace.

Did the followers of Christ keep the Sabbath after his death?
“And they returned and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandments.” Luke 23:56

What did they do on the next day? And what day of the week was it?
“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them” Luke 24:1. Then the Sabbath “according to the commandment,” which was kept by Christ and his disciples, was the day next preceding the first day, or Sunday.

What day does the commandment say is the Sabbath?
“But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Ex. 20:10

How enduring are the commandments?
“The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.” Ps. 111:7,8

What did Christ say of the commandments?
“It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.” Luke 17:17

What was Christ to do to the law when he came?
“The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake: he will magnify the law and make it honorable.” Isa. 42:21. The Sabbath, as a part of that law, must also have been magnified and made honorabale by the Saviour. To magnify anything is to make it appear in all its fullness.

What did the Saviour say about the Sabbath?
“Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.” Matt. 12:12. “It is lawful;” that is, according to the law, or in harmony with it.

How did the apostle Paul use the Sabbath days?
“And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures.” Acts 17:2. With reference to his manner, or custom, see Acts 13:14, 42, 44; 16:13; 18: 1-4, 11.

On what day was John in the Spirit?
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” Rev. 1:10. In view of what the Saviour has said of being Lord of the Sabbath day, there can be no reasonable doubt that the Sabbath made by Christ in Eden, which he blessed and sanctified for man, and which he kept during his life, and commanded his disciples to keep even in their hasty flight from Judea, is the Lord’s day, and the true Christian Sabbath.

  • This was taken from 1890 Bible Readings for the Home Circle.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11

The majority of the world may not regard God’s precious commandments but you, dear reader, don’t have to. You don’t have to follow the world walking in the broad pathway to destruction. Through the Grace of Jesus Christ you can love God and keep His holy, just, and good commandments.

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12

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What Needless Pain we Bear

There is a popular Christian Hymn called What a Friend We Have in Jesus. The lyrics are as follows:

“What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer”

God has used this hymn to bring so much comfort into my life. Especially the words, “oh, what peace we often forfeit. Oh, what needless pain we bear.” Why do we bear needless pain and deny peace freely available for us? As the song says, “all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” Often times we carry around so much worry, pain, and sorrow all because we simply do not take our prayers to God through Jesus in prayer and trust Him.

“Casting all your care upon him[God]; for he careth for you.”
1 Peter 5:7

How are we able to approach God? Only through His Son, Jesus Christ.

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus said: “. . . no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
John 14:6

“Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7

God, through His Only-Begotten Son, has provided all of our needs!

Jesus promised His disciples: “If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.”
John 14:14

“Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants of His children. ‘The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy’ (James 5:11) . His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds.” –Steps to Christ, page 100.1, EGW

“Every one needs a practical experience in trusting God for himself. Let no man become your confessor; open the heart to God; tell Him every secret of the soul. Bring to Him you difficulties, small and great, and He will show you a way out of them all. He alone can know how to give the very help you need. And when, after a trying season, help comes to you, when the Spirit of God is manifestly at work for you, what a precious experience you gain! You are obtaining faith and love, the gold that the True Witness counsels you to buy of Him. You are learning to go to God in all your troubles; and as you learn these precious lessons of faith you will teach the same to others. Thus you may be continually leading the people to a higher plane of experience.” — Manuscript Releases, Vol.9, P.142.3-4, EGW

Whatever pain you are bearing today, take it to God in the name of Jesus. Don’t delay- your Father is waiting to help you!

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7

I pray this post has encouraged you to look to Jesus.

With love and faith in the soon-to-come Redeemer,
Jodi Collado

“Lost, and is Found”

The following is taken from the book, “Christ Object Lessons”. May this beautiful story told by our Savior fall on good soil in your heart, and reveal to you the true character of God, the Father- the Source of all. (This was written at a time when the word, gay, meant happy)

The parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son, bring out in distinct lines God’s pitying love for those who are straying from Him. Although they have turned away from God, He does not leave them in their misery. He is full of kindness and tender pity toward all who are exposed to the temptations of the artful foe.

In the parable of the prodigal son is presented the Lord’s dealing with those who have once known the Father’s love, but who have allowed the tempter to lead them captive at his will.

“A certain man had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country.”

This younger son had become weary of the restraint of his father’s house. He thought that his liberty was restricted. His father’s love and care for him were misinterpreted, and he determined to follow the dictates of his own inclination.

The youth acknowledges no obligation to his father, and expresses no gratitude; yet he claims the privilege of a child in sharing his father’s goods. The inheritance that would fall to him at his father’s death he desires to receive now. He is bent on present enjoyment, and cares not for the future.

Having obtained his patrimony, he goes into “a far country,” away from his father’s home. With money in plenty, and liberty to do as he likes, he flatters himself that the desire of his heart is reached. There is no one to say, Do not do this, for it will be an injury to yourself; or, Do this, because it is right. Evil companions help him to plunge ever deeper into sin, and he wastes his “substance with riotous living.”

The Bible tells of men who “professing themselves to be wise” “became fools” (Rom. 1:22); and this is the history of the young man of the parable. The wealth which he has selfishly claimed from his father he squanders upon harlots. The treasure of his young manhood is wasted. The precious years of life, the strength of intellect, the bright visions of youth, the spiritual aspirations—all are consumed in the fires of lust.

A great famine arises, he begins to be in want, and he joins himself to a citizen of the country, who sends him into the field to feed swine. To a Jew this was the most menial and degrading of employments. The youth who has boasted of his liberty, now finds himself a slave. He is in the worst of bondage—”holden with the cords of his sins.” (Prov. 5:22.) The glitter and tinsel that enticed him have disappeared, and he feels the burden of his chain. Sitting upon the ground in that desolate and famine-stricken land, with no companions but the swine, he is fain to fill himself with the husks on which the beasts are fed. Of the gay companions who flocked about him in his prosperous days and ate and drank at his expense, there is not one left to befriend him. Where now is his riotous joy? Stilling his conscience, benumbing his sensibilities, he thought himself happy; but now, with money spent, with hunger unsatisfied, with pride humbled, with his moral nature dwarfed, with his will weak and untrustworthy, with his finer feelings seemingly dead, he is the most wretched of mortals.

What a picture here of the sinner’s state! Although surrounded with the blessings of His love, there is nothing that the sinner, bent on self-indulgence and sinful pleasure, desires so much as separation from God. Like the ungrateful son, he claims the good things of God as his by right. He takes them as a matter of course, and makes no return of gratitude, renders no service of love. As Cain went out from the presence of the Lord to seek his home; as the prodigal wandered into the “far country,” so do sinners seek happiness in forgetfulness of God. (Rom. 1:28.)

Whatever the appearance may be, every life centered in self squandered. Whoever attempts to live apart from God is wasting his substance. He is squandering the precious years, squandering the powers of mind and heart and soul, and working to make himself bankrupt for eternity. The man who separates from God that he may serve himself, is the slave of mammon. The mind that God created for the companionship of angels has become degraded to the service of that which is earthly and bestial. This is the end to which self-serving tends.

If you have chosen such a life, you know that you are spending money for that which is not bread, and labor for that which satisfieth not. There come to you hours when you realize your degradation. Alone in the far country you feel your misery, and in despair you cry, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Rom. 7:24. It is the statement of a universal truth which is contained in the prophet’s words, “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.” Jer. 17:5, 6. God “maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45); but men have the power to shut themselves away from sunshine and shower. So while the Sun of Righteousness shines, and the showers of grace fall freely for all, we may by separating ourselves from God still “inhabit the parched places in the wilderness.”

The love of God still yearns over the one who has chosen to separate from Him, and He sets in operation influences to bring him back to the Father’s house. The prodigal son in his wretchedness “came to himself.” The deceptive power that Satan had exercised over him was broken. He saw that his suffering was the result of his own folly, and he said, “How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to may father.” Miserable as he was, the prodigal found hope in the conviction of his father’s love. It was that love which was drawing him toward home. So it is the assurance of God’s love that constrains the sinner to return to God. “The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.” Rom. 2:4. A golden chain, the mercy and compassion of divine love, is passed around every imperiled soul. The Lord declares, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” Jer.31:3.

The son determines to confess his guilt. He will go to his father, saying, “I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.” But he adds, showing how stinted is his conception of his father’s love, “Make me as one of thy hired servants.”

The young man turns from the swine herds and the husks, and sets his face toward home. Trembling with weakness and faint from hunger, he presses eagerly on his way. He has no covering to conceal his rags; but his misery has conquered pride ,and he hurries on to beg a servant’s place where he was once a child.

Little did the gay, thoughtless youth, as he went out from his father’s gate, dream of the ache and longing left in that father’s heart. When he danced and feasted with his wild companions, little did he think of the shadow that had fallen on his home. And now as with weary and painful steps he pursues the homeward way, he knows not that one is watching for his return. But while he is yet “a great way off” the father discerns his form. Love is of quick sight. Not even the degradation of the years of sin can conceal the son from the father’s eyes. He “had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck” in a long, clinging, tender embrace.

The father will permit no contemptuous eye to mock at his son’s misery and tatters. He takes from his own shoulders the broad, rich mantle, and wraps it around the son’s wasted form, and the youth sobs out his repentance, saying, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.” The father holds him close to his side, and brings him home. No opportunity is given him to ask a servant’s place. He is a son, who shall be honored with the best the house affords, and whom the waiting men and women shall respect and serve.

The father said to his servants, “Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”

In his restless youth the prodigal looked upon his father as stern and severe. How different his conception of him now! So those who are deceived by Satan look upon God as hard and exacting. They regard Him as watching to denounce and condemn, as unwilling to receive the sinner so long as there is a legal excuse for not helping him. His law they regard as a restriction upon men’s happiness, a burdensome yoke from which they are glad to escape. But he whose eyes have been opened by the love of Christ will behold God as full of compassion. He does not appear as a tyrannical, relentless being, but as a father longing to embrace his repenting son. The sinner will exclaim with the Psalmist, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.” Ps. 103:13.

In the parable there is no taunting, no casting up to the prodigal of his evil course. The son feels that the past is forgiven and forgotten, blotted out forever. And so God says to the sinner, “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins,” Isa. 44:22. “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jer. 31:34. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isa. 55:7. “In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found.” Jer. 50:20.

What assurance here, of God’s willingness to receive the repenting sinner! Have you, reader, chosen your own way? Have you wandered far from God? Have you sought to feast upon the fruits of transgression, only to find them turn to ashes upon your lips? And now, your substance spent, your life-plans thwarted, and your hopes dead, do you sit alone and desolate? Now that voice which has long been speaking to your heart but to which you would not listen comes to you distinct and clear, “Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest; because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.” Micah 2:10. Return to your Father’s house. He invites you, saying, “Return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee.” Isa. 44:22.

Do not listen to the enemy’s suggestion to stay away from Christ until you have made yourself better; until you are good enough to come to God. If you wait until then, you will never come. When Satan points to your filthy garments, repeat the promise of Jesus, “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37. Tell the enemy that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin. Make the prayer of David your own, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Ps. 51:7.

Arise and go to your Father. He will meet you a great way off. If you take even one step toward Him in repentance, He will hasten to enfold you in His arms of infinite love. His ear is open to the cry of the contrite soul. The very first reaching out of the heart after God is known to Him. Never a prayer is offered, however faltering, never a tear is shed, however secret, never a sincere desire after God is cherished, however feeble, but the Spirit of God goes forth to meet it. Even before the prayer is uttered or the yearning of the heart made known, grace from Christ goes forth to meet the grace that is working upon the human soul.

Your heavenly Father will take from you the garments defiled by sin. In the beautiful parabolic prophecy of Zechariah, the high priest Joshua, standing clothed in filthy garments before the angel of the Lord, represents the sinner. And the word is spoken by the Lord, “Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him He said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. . . . So they set a fair miter upon his head, and clothed him with garments.” Zech. 3:4, 5. Even so God will clothe you with “the garments of salvation,” and cover you with “the robe of righteousness.” Isa. 61:10. “Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.” Ps. 68:13.

He will bring you into His banqueting house, and His banner over you shall be love. (Cant. 2:4) “If thou wilt walk in My ways,” He declares, “I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by”—even among the holy angels that surround His throne. (Zech. 3:7.)

“As the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” Isa. 62:5. “He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love; He will joy over thee with singing.” Zeph. 3:17. And heaven and earth shall unite in the Father’s song of rejoicing: “For this My son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.”

Thus far in the Saviour’s parable there is no discordant note to jar the harmony of the scene of joy; but now Christ introduces another element. When the prodigal came home, the elder son “was in the field; and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in.” This elder brother has not been sharing in his father’s anxiety and watching for the one that was lost. He shares not, therefore, in the father’s joy at the wanderer’s return. The sounds of rejoicing kindle no gladness in his heart. He inquires of a servant the reason of the festivity, and the answer excites his jealousy. He will not go in to welcome his lost brother. The favor shown the prodigal he regards as an insult to himself.

When the father comes out to remonstrate with him, the pride and malignity of his nature are revealed. He dwells upon his own life in his father’s house as a round of unrequited service, and then places in mean contrast the favor shown to the son just returned. He makes it plain that his own service has been that of a servant rather than a son. When he should have found an abiding joy in his father’s presence, his mind has rested upon the profit to accrue from his circumspect life. His words show that it is for this he has foregone the pleasures of sin. Now if this brother is to share in the father’s gifts, the elder son counts that he himself has been wronged. He grudges his brother the favor shown him. He plainly shows that had he been in the father’s place, he would not have received the prodigal. He does not even acknowledge him as a brother, but coldly speaks of him as “thy son.”

Yet the father deals tenderly with him. “Son,” he says, “thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” Through all these years of your brother’s outcast life, have you not had the privilege of companionship with me?

Everything that could minister to the happiness of his children was freely theirs. The son need have no question of gift or reward. “All that I have is thine.” You have only to believe my love, and take the gift that is freely bestowed.

One son had for a time cut himself off from the household, not discerning the father’s love. But now he has returned, and the tide of joy sweeps away every disturbing thought. “This thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”

Was the elder brother brought to see his own mean, ungrateful spirit? Did he come to see that though his brother had done wickedly, he was his brother still? Did the elder brother repent of his jealousy and hardheartedness? Concerning this, Christ was silent. For the parable was still enacting, and it rested with His hearers to determine what the outcome should be.

By the elder son were represented the unrepenting Jews of Christ’s day, and also the Pharisees in every age, who look with contempt upon those whom they regard as publicans and sinners. Because they themselves have not gone to great excesses in vice, they are filled with self-righteousness. Christ met these cavilers on their own ground. Like the elder son in the parable, they had enjoyed special privileges from God. They claimed to be sons in God’s house, but they had the spirit of the hireling. They were working, not from love, but from hope of reward. In their eyes, God was an exacting taskmaster. They saw Christ inviting publicans and sinners to receive freely the gift of His grace—the gift which the rabbis hoped to secure only by toil and penance—and they were offended. The prodigal’s return, which filled the Father’s heart with joy, only stirred them to jealousy.

In the parable the father’s remonstrance with the elder son was Heaven’s tender appeal to the Pharisees. “All that I have is thine”—not as wages, but as a gift. Like the prodigal, you can receive it only as the unmerited bestowal of the Father’s love.

Self-righteousness not only leads men to misrepresent God, but makes them coldhearted and critical toward their brethren. The elder son, in his selfishness and jealousy, stood ready to watch his brother, to criticize every action, and to accuse him for the least deficiency. He would detect every mistake, and make the most of every wrong act. Thus he would seek to justify his own unforgiving spirit. Many today are doing the same thing. While the soul is making its very first struggles against a flood of temptations, they stand by, stubborn, self-willed, complaining, accusing. They may claim to be children of God, but they are acting out the spirit of Satan. By their attitude toward their brethren, these accusers place themselves where God cannot give them the light of His countenance.

Many are constantly questioning, “Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before Him with burnt-offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?” But “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:6-8.

This is the service that God has chosen—”to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke, . . . and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh.” Isa. 58:6, 7. When you see yourselves as sinners saved only by the love of your heavenly Father, you will have tender pity for others who are suffering in sin. You will no longer meet misery and repentance with jealousy and censure. When the ice of selfishness is melted from your hearts, you will be in sympathy with God, and will share His joy in the saving of the lost.

It is true that you claim to be a child of God; but if this claim be true, it is “thy brother” that was “dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” He is bound to you by the closest ties; for God recognizes him as a son. Deny your relationship to him, and you show that you are but a hireling in the household, not a child in the family of God.

Though you will not join in the greeting to the lost, the joy will go on, the restored one will have his place by the Father’s side and in the Father’s work. He that is forgiven much, the same loves much. But you will be in the darkness without. For “he that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:8.

Christ Object Lessons, chapter 16, “Lost, and Is Found”
By: Ellen G White
Year: 1900
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