First Sabbath Offerings for World Missions
“The end of all things is at hand. . . . The Captain of our salvation says, ‘Advance. The night cometh, in which no man can work.’ ”—My Life Today, p. 109.
The task of sharing the everlasting gospel with an entire world plagued by Babylonish confusion is the call of the hour. It is the sacred duty of every single person who accepts the three angels’ messages. What a privilege it is—yet there still is much to be done.
As of this writing, the Universal Postal Union lists 191 nations and territories in their system, and the United Nations recognizes 195 countries worldwide. How many among this earth’s teeming multitudes have not yet received the present truth that can save their souls? The apostle reminds us, “Some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (1 Corinthians 15:34; Romans 10:14). None are equipped to take the truth to all the world. But in the power of the Holy Spirit, we each can do something.
“Everyone who has received the gospel has been given sacred truth to impart to the world. God’s faithful people have always been aggressive missionaries, consecrating their resources to the honor of His name and wisely using their talents in His service. . . .
“Everyone who has received Christ is called to work for the salvation of his fellow men. . . . The charge to give this invitation includes the entire church. . . .
“Long has God waited for the spirit of service to take possession of the whole church so that everyone shall be working for Him according to his ability. When the members of the church of God do their appointed work in the needy fields at home and abroad, in fulfillment of the gospel commission, the whole world will soon be warned and the Lord Jesus will return to this earth with power and great glory.”—The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 109-111.
With today’s First Sabbath Offering for world missions, may the Lord move upon our hearts and help us cherish one way we have to collaborate in the wonderful work of salvation—through our generous gifts.
The General Conference Missionary Department