Uniting To Build Godís Kingdom
As we ponder the Scriptures in the article by A. J. Gordon on the previous page, are not our hearts quickened afresh to the blessed truth that beyond question, "Christ is coming again!"? And as we have ears to hear Godís Word ourselves, it inspires and impels us to pray with sincerity that Godís Word will penetrate other hearts and move them also to prepare for Christís coming. "Be ready!" Jesus said (Matt. 24:44), and our Lord never spoke idle words, vain, worthless words. Keep in mind the parable of Matthew 25 where Jesus spoke of five virgins who had made preparations beforehand for the coming of the bridegroom; they had oil in their vessels with their lamps. Like the other virgins they were drowsy also, but when the midnight cry sounded, "Behold the bridegroom cometh!" they were ready and went in with him.
Many of us are busy with the practical and necessary matters of serving Christ, for He has instructed us to occupy till He comes, that is, keep busy in His service (Luke 19:13). As we do so, might we keep ourselves in the love of God, even in the tender spirit of Christ who is coming as the bridegroom for His beloved bride. Take to heart Newton Conantís message on page 7 on maintaining above all the close, personal relationship of our first love for Christ. As we occupy, might the motivating force be devotion to Christ Himself.
The part God has given us in His work may appear insignificant in manís eyes, but let us keep in view that it is an eternal kingdom with which we have to do! Our efforts are for far more than eye can see, to last far longer than we can imagine. How wonderful it is to have the love of God breathed into us from on high so that we take joy in fulfilling whatever God has given and equipped us to do for Him and His eternal kingdom. Truly it is a noble calling to build with God for His eternal kingdom! Is it not worthy of earnest, all-out, sacrificial involvement?
Recall to mind the Israelites whom God called to return from captivity to Jerusalem with Nehemiah to rebuild the walls and the Temple. Those builders were called to play a more important part in Godís eternal purposes than they likely realized. The Messiah had not yet come and the way must be prepared. With diligence and hard work, against strong opposition, wielding defensive weapons as well as tools, these warrior-builders labored in the strongest sense of the word to fulfill their part. Then "when the fullness of the time had come" long years later, the Messiah, the Savior of mankind, came! (Gal. 4:4). We Christians today who are partakers of the wonderful salvation that Christ wrought for us by shedding His blood on Calvary, owe much to faithful servants of God through the ages, ordinary folk like most of us, who played well the part God gave them, without realizing the full and far-reaching import of it.
Now, friends, we upon whom has shined the glorious light of the Gospel, stand in a significant hour that appears to be very near the coming again of Christ. There are millions around the world who yet wait to hear of Christís coming the first time, to be manís Savior. Oh, the riches they are missing! Is not the love shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit impelling us to help hasten to give them the eternal, life-giving Word of God?
Taking Part Together
Sixty-eight years ago God raised up Herald of His Coming to take part along with many others, in building His kingdom, helping prepare the way for Christís coming. A good number of you Herald readers are part of the miracle we see God working here to maintain this ministry. To the Herald staff it is a blessed privilege to be workers together with you to spread the glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! We thank God for calling and enabling you friends who stand with the staff (of six fulltime workers) to fulfill His purpose for the ministry in this late hour when "The end of all things is at hand!" (1 Pet. 4:7). Some among you pray for us as we select articles and prepare them for the paper. Some send gifts to wing the messages on their way to scattered places around the world. Some write for packages of Heralds to distribute, extending the outreach of the messages. Local volunteers come to help prepare the papers for mailing. And all of us can cap our efforts with prayers for Godís blessing on the messages going forth, that there will be abundant fruit for His glory.
When Brother Moore was editor (1941 to 1980), he spoke of the bill paid to the printer of the Herald as the "Goliath" of the month, and many a time he called the staff to prayer to overcome that giant straddling the path to getting out the Gospel. It is the Herald policy not to go to press with a new edition until the printer is paid for the previous one. Without fail God provided the needed amount monthly throughout the almost forty years that Brother Moore gave leadership to Herald of His Coming. Many of those God used in previous years alongside the Moores, have passed on to their rest above. No words can adequately express our appreciation to you friends who have answered "I will!" to the call to fill the vacant places and send out the messages that gain in urgency by the day.
At this time it is the postage to mail the Herald papers that accounts for our greatest expenditure. The Herald is challenged at this time to maintain the mailings on schedule. So we surely thank God as we open the incoming mail and receive your gifts. What a need there is for the truths of Godís Word to be carried to the ends of the earth in this hour! God has said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away" (Luke 21:33). It will be as God has said: heaven or hell! repentance or judgment! Might we who know Godís Word rally to send this vital, eternal Word to the ends of the earth! And might we carefully consider for ourselves, "Am I keeping watchful and diligent in that which pertains to life and godliness?"
After you pray for Herald International workers as outlined on the following page, please pray over the same pattern for the English edition of Herald of His Coming. While here in the U.S.A. we do not face all the challenges co-workers in some countries endure, you in your homes and places of work as well as the Herald staff in office and mailroom all have to contend with the world, the flesh and the devil. "Though the battle is long, our Savior is strong!" Let us not lose heart! Faith is the victory that overcomes the world! (1 John 5:4). Thank you for praying for us.