Needing Nourishment


llen White, one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (and believed by Adventists to have exercised the prophetic gift), reminds Christians that we are to take care of our fellow human beings, feed them, help them receive nourishment from Christ. The following are her words:
 
Those who love God sincerely watch for opportunities to prove to the world that they are new men and women in Christ. They do not live to amuse and glorify self. The Lord is their strength, and he enables them to perform holy, beneficent actions. Our outflow of charity is to be proportionate to Christ’s liberality to us. Thus we live true religion. Rich and poor need to study what God’s word teaches on this subject. They may find culture and education in learning how to give. . . . To have ministered to the hungry, the stranger, the naked, the sick, are the credentials which will testify that we are Christ’s disciples. . . .
 
How closely Christ has linked himself with suffering humanity! In reckoning with his heritage he places himself on the poor man’s side, and registers any neglect to the poor as done to the One to whom man belongs by creation and by redemption; and every act of self-denial, performed to help the suffering, he acknowledges as done to himself. “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
 
The hearts of those who reveal the attributes of Christ glow with divine love. They are imbued with a spirit of gratitude. . . . Christ calls upon his disciples to cut away from their lives every defilement of soul and body. Clear foresight and discernment are required, that we may help those who need help.
 
Christ is our example. He gave his life as a sacrifice for us, and he asks us to give our lives as a sacrifice for others. Thus we may cast out the selfishness which Satan is constantly striving to implant in our hearts. This selfishness is death to all piety, and can be overcome only by manifesting love to God and to our fellow men.
 
                                         —“The Christian’s Duty,” The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, July 11, 1899.





 
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