Ms 43a, 1898

Reaching the Higher Classes

With much thoughtfulness and prayer, each soul should counsel with those of experience in regard to their individual work. The power of influence is great when placed on the right side, and it is just as great a power, but for evil, when unadvised words are spoken and undue sympathy is shown to those who are harmed by this sympathy. Men and women need to have sanctified discrimination in regard to their work. They can render back to God His own in the most devoted service for the benefit of human minds, the purification of human defects, and the uplifting and elevating of those in the higher classes. Many of these need to understand pure Bible principles. Ms43a-1898.13

There are those who occupy positions where they could do a good work if they were converted and understood what is taught in the Scriptures. These need to be saved as verily as those who are in wretched circumstances. The needy should not be neglected but neither should those in an influential sphere be passed by because of their apparent devotion to the things of this world. Many in high social positions are heart-sore and sick of vanity. They are longing for a peace that they have not. Even those in the highest ranks are not to be passed by. Many of them are hungering and thirsting for salvation. Some in their childhood have been instructed in the Word of God by their parents, and they are now longing for help. Ms43a-1898.14

Let the devoted followers of Christ become interested in those in higher life. The workers who have learned from the Master will know how to meet this class, and they are to remember that they are never alone in their labor. With tact and discrimination, they will find open doors in many families, where the members, if they become interested, will learn to know the truth for themselves, and will also draw in their friends and acquaintances to investigate the truth. Ms43a-1898.15

Frequently we may become acquainted with those in higher life through those who are in very humble circumstances. If Bible workers can by wisdom reach the higher classes, it is their duty to do this! They are not to turn away from the necessities of the lower classes, and neither are they to neglect to make any effort to reach the higher classes. Ms43a-1898.16

The Lord would have His ministers heed the light that He has given in regard to this matter. Seek to reach those who need help, whose souls are hungering for the truth. As Christian workers, we have made a great mistake in not making well-directed efforts to reach those who have influence. We should labor for those who, if converted, will exert a powerful influence for good. Ms43a-1898.17

The Lord’s call to His supper is, “Come; for all things are now ready.” [Luke 14:17.] Speak to those that are ready to perish. Those in high social positions are worthy of far more being done for them than has been done. Let God’s ministers feel the burden of this work. Let their wives take up this work, and in Christian humility, dignified by Christ’s grace, present the truth as it is in Jesus. Let them be prepared to attend mother’s meetings, or other meetings in which they can speak words for the Master. But enter into no opposition, create no controversy. Ms43a-1898.18

God wants workers who can carry the truth to all classes, high and low, rich and poor. In this work women may act an important part. God grant that those who read these words may put forth earnest efforts to present an open door for consecrated women to enter the field. Those, who in their life-work, have not come into contact with the higher classes of society, need not feel that they cannot do the work. It is not eloquence that makes their work acceptable. It is through the humble and contrite that God works. The dignified and self-sufficient cannot touch or help needy souls. Ms43a-1898.19

“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” “The Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you; to the end he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, with all his saints.” [1 Thessalonians 2:19; 3:12, 13.] Ms43a-1898.20