At the present time it is imperative for us, as God’s remnant people, to be active in finishing the work in these last days. As the world is becoming more chaotic and corrupt, it is time to wake up and share the gospel, the Three Angels’ Messages, to people around the world.
It’s not the work of the pastor, the elder, or the deacon to finish the work. Everyone has a part in doing the work for the Lord. In the Bible Christ says, “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” John 4:34 KJV.
Christ has given each and every one of us the responsibility of reaching those outside the church. Our burden, as Seventh-day Adventists, is to reach men and women through evangelism, feeding the homeless, as well as visiting those in nursing homes and similar facilities and ministering to their needs. Many have gotten too relaxed because they feel they don’t have a part to play in winning souls for the kingdom. We don’t see a need to reach those who need the truth, and instead tend to focus only on ministering to those within our circles. But the word of God says, “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 KJV.
We must do the work of Jesus Christ in these last days. He has showed us an example of how we should live and treat each other. Christ says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” Matthew 22:37-40.
Loving our neighbor and those we encounter on a daily basis is a good way to witness to souls. Yes, we should still share the gospel message with them, but if we don’t live out what we preach, then we won’t be able to reach them. If we don’t have a true burden for souls in these last days, we won’t be effective workers for the Lord, and those outside will be lost because of our lack of love for them.
Christ has given each and every one of us the gospel commission to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20 KJV. This is the assignment that is applied to all of God’s people. It’s not the work of the pastor alone to preach the word; it is the calling of every believer to go out and preach the gospel to all the world. We must give the world the present truth message for these last days, because that’s the message that will bring people out of Babylon into God’s remnant church.
During GYC in Houston, Texas, I was deeply convicted, through the messages that were presented, that I have a work to do for the Lord in these last days. Last year I didn’t spend much time in evangelistic work because I was so focused on self and wanting to fulfill my worldly desires. After letting go of my long-time struggle with worldly music and worldly entertainment, I prayed and decided by God’s grace that I would be involved in the work of evangelism this year, because I felt a need that it’s time for me to finish the work by going out and witnessing to souls, so the Holy Spirit can work in their hearts and win them for God’s kingdom. When we choose to serve Christ, we must be willing to sacrifice self, the world, and sin, and do the work of seeking and reaching the lost for the kingdom of God.
Musa Nkosi is a junior communication major at Southwestern Adventist University. His goal is to be a videographer for Amazing Facts by God’s grace, but most of all he wants to be an effective witness for the Lord and to hasten His soon coming.