We live in a world that seems to zap the very spiritual energy and strength out of those who desire to be disciples of Christ and soldiers of the cross. Where do we find strength and energy to move forward? To be a light in the midst of darkness? One place is this well-known passage from Ephesians 6:10-11: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Even as an avalanche of evil surrounds us, the word of God is clear and concise. Our strength, energy and vitality come from the Lord and Him alone.
In her book Testimonies for the Church, Volume 5, author Ellen G. White speaks to this challenge: “When the religion of Christ is most held in contempt, when His law is most despised, then should our zeal be the warmest and our courage and firmness the most unflinching. To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few—this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice and loyalty from their treason.” The apathy of others should heighten our resolve to be right with God and diligent about our Christian calling and duty. More and more, we hear the unfortunate stories of former church members whose light has gone out. They have been sorely discouraged and derailed and have left their faith and calling behind in order to fully engage in the pleasures of this world.
Scripture reminds us about the enduring faithfulness of Moses. Moses gained strength and spiritual stamina through faith. The word faith comes from the Greek word, pistis. It denotes trust and confidence. When you trust God, come what may. When you have confidence in God, despite your challenging surroundings, you are empowered to surge forward by grace. You obtain courage from the cowardice of others. You become battle-tested.
God is seeking minutemen and women of the hour in these last days of earth’s history. He is counting on us. Can we be counted on?
By Carlos Craig, President