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Thursday, January 15, 2015

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To be disciples of Jesus we must know Him intimately and be mindful of His primary mission, not just performing signs and wonders, but seeking and saving the lost. It is our privilege and duty as Christians to follow the simple and humble example of Jesus, and not focus on performing miracles to prove that His power is at our disposal.

Like the brothers of Jesus, who wanted Him to leave Galilee and go into Judea to show what He could do, there are times we seem more interested in the good works of our church. We talk of our large evangelistic meetings, our numerous hospitals and universities, and other great things we do. For these we should be thankful.  However, our motivation should always be to represent and glorify God by what we do, not ourselves.  We need to be obedient to His Word and be ready to step into the opportunities He provides.
Ellen White says of Jesus: “From the excitement and confusion of the city, from the eager crowds and the treacherous rabbis, Jesus turned away to the quiet of the olive groves, where He could be alone with God” (The Ministry of Healing, p 86).

We need to spend more quiet time with Jesus beginning today.  For it is in those moments of solitude and communion with Him that we receive the promise and power of the Holy Spirit to remain active and faithful until the day of His coming. 

Willie Oliver
Department of Family Ministries
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists