Christ our Rock
Well I would guess it is about time to do the National Chaplain corner. I apologize greatly to all of my fellow Sabbath Keepers. Our ministry has seen many challenges over the last couple years. Our ministry is changing lives and has increased in its potential to touch lost souls. This has raised the adversary’s flag and brought forth his battle cries. The strongest attack he will bring will be to destroy our unity and try to fracture our Rock.
“Fracture our Rock? What does that mean?” What is a rock? Most of us would define it as hard, impermeable or solid substance, but our Rock is Christ (Psalm 18:2, 31, 46; Psalm 28:1; Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 10:4), His teachings and His life. So how do we recognize the adversary’s attack upon this Rock? How do we find the fractures and allow the Master to close them? There's only one way; we go to the revealed will of our God in His Word. J.B. Phillips' translation of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads:
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful (give that word its importance) for teaching the faith and correcting error, for re-setting the direction of a man’s life and training him in good living. The scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God, and fit him fully for all branches of his work.
What a revelation of scripture by Phillips! Correcting error, re-setting direction, training for good living, how full are those letters! The scriptures are to fit us for all branches of God's work. Sounds like a God send to our ministry, Amen! Who is this “man of God” spoken of in the verse? Brother and sister, it is you! God’s Word is given to help you be all He sees in you. God sees much more than you could imagine. In the book Education, Ellen White says, “Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God's ideal for His children. Godliness--godlikeness--is the goal to be reached" (18).
This is the fear of our adversary, that we will bond closely through the Word of God and share our Jesus, the deliverer from all fear. He's afraid we will be that light on the hill drawing others out of the darkness and captivity of sin, sharing the ‘sin bearer’ love and victories in and for their lives. This is the work of Sabbath Keepers: our testimonies of our changed lives in Christ and to invite those we meet to learn of Jesus and search the Bible for love, comfort, guidance and protection in the last days of earth’s history. May God add His blessing to your continual growth.
Love ya, National Chaplain Jeff