The words of the great hymn “We Are Living, We Are Dwelling”1 swirl around in my mind. The juxtaposing thoughts of a “grand” and “awful” time seem appropriate. But the phrase “to be living is sublime” made me want to refresh my understanding. Sublime? As I ponder the definition of sublime,2 I realize I need to adjust my thinking. To be living in this time is an honor, a lofty place.
Rather than fear the events of the present and those yet to come, I can choose to be faithful and courageously allow God to arm me for battle. I can choose to have faith in the Captain of the Lord’s army and realize it is an honor to be in His service. Together, we can choose to spread the Good News!
Go forth wearing the LORD’s armor: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. Boldly and fearlessly stand in the LORD’s strength. Even though our enemy, the prince of evil spirits and great deceiver of the world, displays his treacherous power, we soldier on, knowing that his defeat is sure.
As we fix our gaze upon Christ, life finds its center. As found in ED 296.6, “duty becomes a delight and sacrifice a pleasure. To honor Christ, to become like Him, to work for Him, is the life’s highest ambition and its greatest joy.”
Surveying world events these last two years brings into focus prophetic events found in The Great Controversy. As students of Bible prophecy, we can see the “waking up of nations” and “creation groaning for her latter day.” We are grateful that you also see the signs of the times and are uniting to finish His work on earth. Thank you for being a part of the AFM team. May our support of each other encourage us to continue to stand.
Together let us remain faithful to the task before us as believers: to spread the everlasting gospel to the four corners of the world.
Pray, Give. Go. Now is the time, while we have time!
1Lyrics by Arthur Cleveland Coxe, 1840.
2Sublime: “of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.” OxfordLanguages. Oxford University Press. 2021. (accessed 30 September 2021).