Ms 79, 1906


Ms 79, 1906

“Leave Your Nets and Follow Me”

St. Helena, California

October 1, 1906

Portions of this manuscript are published in TDG 283; UL 288; 17MR 300. +Note

Christ came to the earth to present a true and exalted standard. Brief as was the period of His public ministry, He accomplished the work He came to do. How impressive were the truths He taught, how complete His life work! What spiritual food He daily imparted as He presented the bread of life to thousands of hungry souls. His life was a living ministry of the Word. He was the Light of the world, pointing to men the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He was its food, the Bread of life. He promised nothing that He did not perform. “Ask,” He said, “and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” [Matthew 7:7.] Ms79-1906.1

Just as we trace the pathway of a stream of living water by the line of living green it produces, so Christ could be seen in the deeds of mercy that marked His path at every step. Wherever He went health sprang up, and happiness followed wherever He had passed. The words of eternal life were presented in such simplicity that a child could understand them. Men, women, and children were so impressed with His manner of explaining the Scriptures that they would catch the very intonation of His voice, place the same emphasis upon His words, and imitate His gestures. Youth caught His Spirit of ministry and sought to pattern after His gracious ways by seeking to assist those whom they saw needed help. Ms79-1906.2

The blind and deaf rejoiced in His presence. The face of Christ was the first face that many eyes had ever looked upon, His words the first that had ever fallen upon their ears. These, restored, followed Him wherever it was possible. His words to the ignorant opened to them a fountain of life. He dispensed His blessings abundantly and continuously; they were the garnered treasures of eternity, given in Christ, the Lord’s rich gifts to man. Ms79-1906.3

Christ’s work in behalf of mankind is not finished. It continues today. Through John He declares that as many as receive Him, to them will He give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. Ms79-1906.4

Where are the believers in His words and His works? I am instructed to rally them around the standard. We must have in our cities teachers who live the Word of God, teachers who come close to souls, and in whom faith is made perfect in works. My brethren, educate, educate men how to receive the Word of life. Call upon them to become acquainted with Christ. Ms79-1906.5

The world was lost through unbelief; it must be restored through faith in Christ as the world’s Redeemer. Without this faith the world can have no hope. When the Jews said to Jesus, “What must we do that we might work the works of God?” the answer was given, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” [John 6:28, 29.] Ms79-1906.6

“I am the Bread of life.” [Verse 35.] Christ is the living, everlasting bread that never decays or molds. He gives life, spiritual life, to the world. To all who receive Him, He gives power to become the sons of God. None but Christ could so well reveal to men the Bread of life. “Whoso eateth (spiritually) the bread that I shall give him shall have eternal life.” Those who refuse to receive Christ as the Bread of life will never become the sons and daughters of God. Ms79-1906.7

The life of the soul depends upon spiritual conformity to the life of Christ. When the human life is in communion with the life of Christ, then it is sanctified through the truth; and the prayer of Christ is answered, “Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy word is truth.” [John 17:17.] Ms79-1906.8

The inviting paths that self may choose will lead us away from Christ. Self must be humbled before God; every obstacle to service must be removed, even to the cutting off of the right arm or the plucking out of the right eye, if these prove a hindrance. Ms79-1906.9

The whole world is stirred and preparing for the last conflict, and it is time for our churches to arouse. I am instructed that my work is to bear the message that God has given me, turning not aside to be led into controversy; for this would be time lost. My work is not to compel men to believe; I am to present the Word. Ms79-1906.10