The Medical Missionary


May 1, 1891

Garnered Thoughts

[ From unpublished manuscript of Mrs. E. G. White.]


Let every worker for Christ make it his highest aim to win souls, rather than to be looking at and teaching mere superficial requirements. Bend your energies to the fitting of living stones for the building of God. MMis May 1, 1891, par. 1

True piety begins when all compromise with sin is at an end. When the soul has surrendered itself to do the will of God, there is no feeling of self-security. And if we live under the guidance of the Spirit of God, day by day, and hour by hour, we shall not fail nor be discouraged. MMis May 1, 1891, par. 2

Those with whom God has intrusted his truth must possess the same beneficent spirit that Christ manifested. They must adopt the same broad plan of action. MMis May 1, 1891, par. 3

The very best work you can do is to come as close to the people as possible, and reveal in life and character the work wrought upon your own souls by the Spirit of God. MMis May 1, 1891, par. 4

Christ came to our world to represent the character of God, and the Saviour sends forth his servants as representatives of himself. Thus they are to represent both the Father and the Son. MMis May 1, 1891, par. 5

Work for your own soul until self is subdued, until Christ recognizes his image in you. The most impressive lesson that you can give to those whom you educate, will be that of a Christ-like character. MMis May 1, 1891, par. 6

Be careful to maintain the elevated character of the mission work. Let all connected with mission work, both men and women, ask themselves: “What am I? what ought I to be, and to do?” Let all consider that they cannot give to others what they themselves do not possess. MMis May 1, 1891, par. 7

The cross of Calvary is placed between heaven and earth as a perpetual memorial, calling the attention to a holier world than this. It is the medium of a constant communication with the world of light; the mind is constantly drawn away from the earthly to the heavenly, surveying the attractions of Him who ever liveth to make intercession for us; and those who thus keep the heavenly world in view will be uplifted above this in their affections and pursuits. They will be in the world, but not of the world, moving among men as pilgrims and strangers, seeking a better country, even a heavenly. And by their influence they will take others with them. MMis May 1, 1891, par. 8

Let your hearts be true to Jesus. Although you may feel that you are the least of all saints, you are members of Christ's body, and through him you are identified with all his human agencies, and with the excellence and power of the heavenly intelligences.* “None of us liveth to himself.” To each is assigned a post of duty, not for his own narrow, selfish interests; the influence of each is to be a strength to all. If we really believed that we were individually a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men, we would as a church manifest a very different spirit from what we now do; we would be a living, working church. There are to be no silent partners; every member is to be a living stone in the building, catching the rays of divine light from the Sun of Righteousness, and reflecting them to the world. MMis May 1, 1891, par. 9