Revelation 10:11 reads: “And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”
God’s Work is a trumpet-blowing work. The Philadelphia Church of God truly has a God-given commission. God has called each of us to be a part of the Church that is doing His Work. This watchman work is not a one-man work! (Ezekiel 33:2-6).
We, as the Church—the Body—are to back and support the watchman. This Work must be done by us as a body (1 Corinthians 12:14-22).
All of the Church is necessary to do the Work; each of us has an essential contribution to make. Notice further our role in Ephesians 4:15-16: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
Brethren, your salvation depends upon your participation in this Work. Christ made this quite clear when He said: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:35).
The coming feast of Trumpets reminds us of this urgent need to hasten our soon-coming King’s return—our Husband’s return.
Herbert W. Armstrong often said that a man (or woman) is converted to the degree that his heart is in God’s Work. As this third holy day season approaches, never has there been a better time to evaluate your part in the Work. How is your credit with God in this vital area?
To help us, I will quote a section of Mr. Armstrong’s Autobiography where he tells about a “heart-touching sacrifice” one family made and was blessed for. Their part in the Work brought the message eventually to us. How much more should we, then, strive to give this message to others today?
Mr. Armstrong wrote in Volume 2: “The Seattle broadcasting was started by an unusual sacrifice made by a man and wife in Clarke County, Washington, listeners over kwjj. This family had lost all they had in the great drought of 1934 and 1935. They then migrated from South Dakota and had made a down payment on a small farm a few miles outside Vancouver, Washington. The man and a son had managed to build the outside shell of a house. The siding was not yet on. A second floor had been partially laid—just the subflooring. There was no stairway as yet—and no partitions either upstairs or down—just one large room on each floor. The children slept upstairs, gaining access by climbing up a ladder.
“This man had, over two or three years’ time, saved up $40 over and above bare family expenses and getting this much of a home built. The $40 was saved to buy lumber for the partitions for separate rooms in their house.
“When these people heard we were trying to get started on the air in Seattle, they sent me that $40, explaining how they had saved it, and for what purpose. Since we were driving to Portland every week for the broadcast, I drove out to their little farm to return the money.
“‘I just couldn’t take this money,’ I said, ‘when you have struggled so long to save it so you could have a home to live in.’
“Tears filled the woman’s eyes. She shook her head, refused to accept the money back. ‘Mr. Armstrong,’ she said, ‘of course it would be nice for us to get up partitions and have separate rooms—but that is not an absolute need. We just could not use this money for a temporary material home, when it will help get Christ’s message of a home for all eternity in God’s Kingdom to many thousands of people!’
“I realized then, that it was really God’s will that this money be used for His gospel—and that these people were actually receiving a spiritual blessing in giving it that far outweighed the material benefit of using it for themselves. Incidentally, these people were blessed materially after that, and it was not too long until their house was completed after all. Jesus Christ said, seek first the Kingdom of God—the spiritual values—and the material things shall be added. God always does add them!”
Our sacrifice can be in many forms: prayer, offerings, time, visiting widows, the sick and the fatherless, etc.
Wherever you are in the Body, strive with all your might to put your heart into the Work!
Think on these things.