No matter where your or my personal convictions, concerns or position may be on the Columbia Union’s recent Constituency Session, where do we go from here?

First, some may react with joy or dismay.

Second, we can spend much time and energy disputing and debating the Union’s actions.

Or third, we can focus again on the high calling that we as Seventh-day Adventists have in these last days.  Our privilege and calling is to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  And to share the remnant hour call to devote all our life and actions to be fully devoted followers of Christ, having our lives and thoughts transformed and brought into full submission with the revealed will of God through the power of the Gospel of Grace.

This Pennsylvania Conference has a great task ahead of it.  Sharing Jesus and His message with the some 12 plus million people in our state.  Do we have such a joy in Christ and his gift of salvation that we are compelled to share Jesus and His message?  Are we making every effort in our local church families to seek and organize church life to be in accordance with the gospel commission of Jesus?  Do we ask each other the question when deciding what to do in our churches, “How is what we are doing about seeking the lost?”

Anything else is a side issue!

Here in Pennsylvania, we will move forward in placing the mission of Jesus first, middle and last in our thinking, planning and priorities.  And I encourage all those who “Love His appearing,” to do the same.

While there will likely still be those who are pondering concerns over the Columbia Union Constituency Session’s vote, let us remember and reflect on these all-encompassing words from Ellen White in Desire of Ages, page 822:

“The Saviour’s commission to the disciples included all the believers. It includes all believers in Christ to the end of time. It is a fatal mistake to suppose that the work of saving souls depends alone on the ordained minister. All to whom the heavenly inspiration has come are put in trust with the gospel. All who receive the life of Christ are ordained to work for the salvation of their fellow men. For this work the church was established, and all who take upon themselves its sacred vows are thereby pledged to be co-workers with Christ.”  (DA p. 822)

Each one of us who has accepted Christ, have been called to work for the salvation of our fellow men. Let that be what each one of us focuses on going forward.  And let us continue to pray for God to use us and to reach the lost.

In Christ’s service,

Ray Hartwell


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