God's work involves all nations and people! It is going to
affect the future of all mankind! He is just now preparing the stage for
end-time cataclysmic events which will shake this world to its senses.
You Have Your Part
YOU ARE CALLED TO HAVE A VITAL AND NECESSARY PART IN THAT WORK.
You probably do not remotely realize the tremendous responsibility that God
has laid upon our shoulders, because you have not yet perceived what great
things God is doing, and will do through HIS CHURCH.
This work requires the diligent and zealous labor of all those in
the Church, and yet many of you are not doing your part! Many of you do
not realize the seriousness of the time. You do not realize your particular
part in completing the work that God has given us to do.
We know too many sit on the side-lines and criticize those who
are doing the work, while they fail miserably to perform what God has called
them personally to do. This should not be! This is not a
one-man work, nor is it alone the work of God's ministry, nor the work of
Ambassador College. It is the responsibility and work of the complete
body of Christ -- the whole Church of God. No one man, no group of men,
no local congregation can alone perform the tremendous task which God has laid
before us. It requires the power of the Spirit of God within all of us
working zealously together to perform this mighty task.
This Prophecy Concerns You Personally
There is a prophecy which has been read in your hearing many
times over the WORLD TOMORROW program that you probably do not even yet fully
realize. It is a prophecy which vitally and personally affects you
wherever you are. It involves many things that you probably do not
Jesus Christ foretold these days in which we live. He said
that in this end time His work would be accomplished. "And this
GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM SHALL be preached in all the world for a witness unto
all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matt. 24:14). This
prophecy concerns you personally -- not just Mr. Armstrong, or the ministry of
God's Church. It requires the collective efforts of all God's people,
empowered by the Holy Spirit of God to fulfill this vital end-time prophecy.
No other work -- no other church -- is preaching this SAME gospel
of the Kingdom to the world today.
This prophecy is the end-time fulfillment of the Great Commission
that Jesus Christ gave to His Apostles before He returned to heaven. He
commanded His Church -- His ministry -- to preach this gospel to the world as
a witness, "teaching them to OBSERVE all things whatsoever I have
COMMANDED you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the
world" (Mart. 28:20).
No other church is teaching the world to OBSERVE the things that
Christ commanded. The churches today do not believe in OBSERVING
anything except those pagan holidays which God condemns. They do not
OBSERVE the things that God COMMANDED, and which Christ and the New Testament
Church did observe.
Here again is more proof that this is actually the work of God.
It is the work that God has called you, along with all of the others in God's
Church, to perform.
This is the WORK for the Body of Christ in our day. This is
"one body" and not many! It is ONE WORK, and not many works.
God's Church is not split and divided into all different sects and
denominations. It is one work that God is doing through His Church.
Preparing the Way for Christ
We each pray almost daily "Thy kingdom come" as Jesus
Christ instructed us in the "Lord's Prayer." We also sing
fervently "come thou Almighty King." But do you realize that
Christ our King will not come till you and all of the others in God's Church,
empowered by the Spirit of God, have performed this work first?
Christ will not come now -- today or tomorrow -- because the work
will not yet be finished. There is a tremendous amount of that work yet
undone. Before Christ will return, the prophecy of Matthew 24:14
WILL BE FULFILLED.
God has given us a very singular and wonderful work to do.
A work that He has called no other generation to do. No other people
have had such a wonderful opportunity. And yet, most of us do not fully
realize or recognize it.
In a sense, God has called us to PREPARE THE WAY for Christ's
return. What a wonderful thought, that God has entrusted us with such a
vital mission in this end time!
Many Do Not Answer the Call
God states that He has opened a great door for us (Rev. 3:8) and
yet sometimes we are hardly able to take advantage of the many, many
opportunities -- doors -- that He does open up to us.
WHY IS THIS SO?
Why is it continually necessary for this great work of God to be
so needful of SUFFICIENT FUNDS to carry out this work and to go through new
doors God is opening?
Why is it Mr. Armstrong is compelled to frequently send out
impassioned pleas for help?
Why is it that only a small fraction of God's Church recently
responded to his urgent request for pledges?
The reason is made very plain in the Scriptures. It is not
God's fault. God is calling many thousands of people. But ONLY A
FEW OF THOSE whom God has called to send in of their tithes and offerings ARE
ANSWERING that call. Only a PART of those whom God has called into His
Church are faithfully doing their financial part or praying as they should.
THAT IS THE REASON! Many are not answering the call of God
to SERVE FINANCIALLY. Some of those who do answer are not faithful in
continuing their devotion and service to God. They either do not
regularly send in tithes and offerings, or they are not faithful in
Willing to Serve?
There are many people who are perfectly willing to say:
"Here am I, Lord, send me." But when it gets right down to the
details, these people are NOT WILLING to serve God UNCONDITIONALLY, WITHOUT
RESERVATION, WITHOUT ANY STRINGS ATTACHED. There are many who would want
to be sent as evangelists or office managers. But few are willing to be
sent or to serve in WHATEVER capacity God assigns them!
Why are there not more people like David who was willing to be a
"doorkeeper" in the House of God? David was not seeking after high
position and glory. As a result he was given great honor and glory in
this physical life, and will have great glory in the Kingdom of God. He
was willing to do the MENIAL tasks.
God wants men and women who will yield themselves and dedicate
their lives to God completely, without reservation or strings attached.
He wants people who will not say, "I want this job or that job,"
"I want to work here or there," "I want to work under these
particular conditions." Instead: "Here am I, use me in
whatever way you wish."
God wants dedicated people who will continue faithfully after the
newness wears off and the work may become "routine" -- who will be
satisfied in the job and not "grow weary in well doing."
On a recent baptizing tour several people asked me: "Why
don't you have a church in our small town? Other churches do. And why
don't you have a school here for my children?" These were the
people who look to Mr. Armstrong to provide all of these things for the whole
world. THESE SAME PEOPLE WERE NOT DOING THEIR PART. God had called
them and yet they were not faithful in the little things that God had already
given them to do. Usually the ones who are the most critical are the
ones who do NOTHING. If we are not faithful in little things, God will
not make us responsible for the big things.
God's Work Is Growing!
In spite of all the need, God's work is still growing at a
tremendous rate. Much work is being done. Much fruit is being
borne. Thousands of lives are being changed continually, and people are
turning to God's way of life for the first time in their life.
The broadcast is going forth continually with greater power. New
stations are being added so that more new people are able to listen to the
broadcast. The literature is going out in greater quantity all the time.
New booklets are being added. Many new articles are available on a great
variety of Bible subjects. The literature leaves the Ambassador College
Press Building by the tons.
The overseas work is expanding so rapidly that we are hardly able
to send enough called and trained personnel to fill the need. New
ordinations of deacons, elders, and ministers are taking place from time to
time. Yes, God's work is sprinting forward at a greatly accelerated pace
in spite of our lack and continual need.
Baptismal Tour Shows Fruit of God's Work
Some of the fruit of this work has been brought to my attention
in recent weeks. I was very happy to have the privilege of going on one
of our baptizing tours for just two and one-half weeks. Assisting me was
Mr. Bill Winner, a junior at the college. We met many people from all
walks of life who are having their lives changed as a result of this work of
God. This reminded me of Christ's parable of the seed as found in
Matthew 13. He explained that many do hear the word of God but do not
fully understand it. Even those things which they do understand are
caught away by Satan. We met several people just like that on our tour.
They had heard the word of the Kingdom of God which Christ preached over the
WORLD TOMORROW broadcast. They understood a few things, and came to us
for more. But in several cases, what little they did understand was
being snatched away by Satan.
I am reminded of a young man in just this situation. He had
heard the broadcast and understood many of the things concerning the truth.
But he did not do as the Bereans did to prove whether these things are so
(Acts 17:11), and search the Scriptures daily. He went to the
"higher critics" for proof as to whether or not God's Word was
inspired. He was not grounded in the Word of God yet, so only confusion
and questions resulted. Satan, through his "higher critics,"
was snatching away what little this young man understood.
Weighed in the Balance?
The city of San Francisco is also an example of what Christ said
in this parable. Here is one of the great cities of this present
civilization, of some one million people.
The Kingdom of God has been preached mightily for one whole year
in this city since the last baptismal tour. One of the best stations in
this city, which covers the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico, and including
part of Alaska, had broadcast the WORLD TOMORROW nightly.
Many hundreds of thousands of people listen to this broadcast at
a very prime radio time. Out of all of these people, how many do you
suppose, in one year's time, had come to the point where they even wanted to
be baptized? Only ELEVEN! Think how many thousands of people in
that great city had heard the word of the Kingdom of God, did not fully
understand it, and then the little they did understand was snatched away by
But of those eleven only six met us. And out of those six
who met us, not one was ready to completely give his life to Jesus Christ.
Certainly Christ's words of Matthew 13:19 were fulfilled.
There were others, elderly people, who had lived wrong all of
their lives. Now at the closing months or years of their lives, they
wanted to "make their peace with God." They read that they
should be baptized and they had not yet been baptized. It didn't matter
too much who did it, they just wanted to be baptized. They were not ready yet
to repent of their ways. What little they did understand was being
Then there were others that we met on our tour, who had not yet
been baptized, but who were already coming up against trials and difficult
decisions because of God's word and His commands. Some had the problem of
adultery. They were living in sin contrary to God's commands. Here
was a REAL trial. And some were not willing to obey God. A few had
problems in regard to the Sabbath. They were not yet willing to obey God
on this point.
Of those who were baptized some may yet fall, because of
tribulation and trials. Others will permit the cares of this world and
the deceitfulness of riches to rob them of their goal, the Kingdom of God.
They will not keep their eyes single to that goal, and will not DO the work
which God has called them to do with all their might (Eccl. 9:10).
In Their "First Love"!
How joyful it is to meet people who are now in their "first
love, and who are zealous for the work of God. One example was a very fine
Puerto Rican couple. The wife could not read English, nor understand
English well. Her husband had to translate many of our comments into
Spanish. He had really studied very diligently in God's Word. In
fact he would put many of our brethren who have had the privilege of a better
education to shame. He had really been feeding on the good Word of God.
Now, he was willing to repent of his own sinful ways and follow Jesus Christ.
Even though his wife could not understand or speak English very well, she had
really yielded her life to God. Her fine attitude was far more evident
than many that we met on our tour.
Others we met were living in adultery, but they decided to obey
God, and not continue on in that sinful life. It is certainly
heartwarming to see people who are willing to give up some things in order to
obey God and to prepare themselves for the Kingdom of God.
We met one young man who was just 17 1/2 years old. His
father and mother were of an entirely different religion, and his older
brother had completed three years at a theological seminary. Even with
such a background, he had been listening to the broadcast for several years,
had completed approximately 23 lessons in the Correspondence Course, and had
really learned many of the ways of God. Not many young men would apply
themselves in learning God's true ways at this age under such circumstances.
This young man determined that he wanted to attend Ambassador College and has
now been accepted. Here is one example of some of the fine young people
that God is calling to this college.
A woman we met had been looking for God's Church all her life.
She had looked first in one church and then another. Everywhere she
looked she could not find God's true Church. One of her friends, who was
of the Jehovah Witness sect, made comments about the WORLD TOMORROW broadcast.
She asked about the broadcast, and was told where to find it on her radio.
She listened to the broadcast at last she had found God's Church! How
joyful she was to have the opportunity to find God's Church in this end time.
We met a young couple who had been listening to the broadcast
less than six months. In that short time they had come to a complete
attitude of repentance. And yet we met others who had been listening to
the broadcast for fifteen or more years, and were no closer to repentance now
than when they first heard it. They still were not willing to obey God.
One young wife and mother we met had been reared in the Mormon
religion. She told us how her mother formerly had a very serious
illness. Her mother heard the broadcast, and came to Ambassador College
to have one of God's ministers anoint her with oil according to the command of
James 5. She came here on crutches, and went away with-out using them!
GOD HEALED HER BEFORE SHE EVEN LEFT THE CAMPUS! This was a real witness
to the daughter. The daughter then began to listen to the broadcast and to
study the literature. She told us that she was the type of person who
believed in going all the way or not at all. Finally she came to the
point where she realized she would have to either reject this knowledge or do
something about it. At first she decided to reject it. She burned
all of the literature that she had received from Mr. Armstrong. Later
she again turned back to God. She really did come to complete and true
repentance, and was baptized.
You Had a Part Too!
We only reaped a small harvest on our very short tour.
Other tours spent the whole summer crossing the United States visiting people
similar to this. All of these tours saw many scores of lives being
changed through the power of God's Holy Spirit, and through the message that
is heard over the WORLD TOMORROW broadcast. But do you realize that YOU
HAD A VERY VITAL AND IMPORTANT PART IN THIS HARVEST? Do you realize it
would have been impossible for us to have even gone on a tour without the
collective labor of all of God's Church. Without the tithes and
offerings of God's people, we could not have gone. It was imperative
that we had the prayers of all God's people back of us. But this was
only a very small part of this great work of God. It would be impossible
to have the broadcast going to the world without our combined support, WITH
the power of God.
The 12th chapter of Corinthians and the 4th chapter of Ephesians
show that we are all a part of the body of Christ, and that we all have our
separate responsibilities to perform. We must be united in doing this
great work. We must have God's Spirit within us, and be of one mind and
God Gives the Increase
After we do all that we can, there is still much that is lacking.
Let's compare it to a farmer who grows vegetables. Someone must first go out
and prepare the soil for the seed. The ground must be fertilized and
ploughed. Another may go out later and sow the seed. After that it
is necessary that the ground be watered, and the weeds removed. After a
length of time the vegetables are harvested. Many people may be
involved, instead of the work of one man. But who gives the increase?
Paul explained in I Cor. 3:6-9 that he had planted the seed, and
Apollos had watered. GOD GAVE THE INCREASE!
The man who works is not anything but it is God who is important
(verse 7). We are also told (verse 8) that we are going to receive a
reward according to OUR OWN PERSONAL LABOR. How much labor are you doing in
the work of God?
"For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's
husbandry (farmers -- working for Him) ..."
Don't You Make Excuse!
The seed is now being sown through the broadcast and through the
literature. Many are being called but few are answering the call.
Even many of you in God's Church are not doing the part that God has called
you to do. Therefore it seems we have a continual need of funds and of
qualified spiritual leaders among our laymen.
Many are offering all kinds of excuses as to why they cannot do
what God has given them to do. Christ explains this in Luke 14:16-24.
He tells of the great supper where many people are invited. Here is the
invitation that God is giving to all those that he is calling. God is
now sending out His servants to invite many to the feast.
The setting of the parable is at SUPPER time or EVENING (verse
17). "And they all with one consent began to make excuse"
(Luke 14:18). One man had bought a piece of ground, apparently sight
unseen. Now that it was almost night time he had to go to see it, and
could not come to the feast. Another man had purchased five yoke of
oxen. It was evening and now he wanted to go to prove them. What
silly excuses. And yet these are just like the excuses that people are
giving today for not obeying God. This is just like some of the excuses
that some of you are making as to why you are not doing the work that God has
called you to do. Do you have such "lame duck" excuses as to why you
cannot be a profitable servant?
Don't have such excuses when God first calls you. Don't
have such excuses if your labor and work becomes routine, or the novelty wears
off. You need to press forward and persevere unto the END.
Called to Work
God has not called us to a social club, but He has called us to
WORK! We are not called to be independent, but we are a part of
one body. We have a joint work to do, a spiritual work as Christ
explained in John 6:27. Verse 28 mentions the work of God. That
work is to believe on Christ, to DO the things that He said, to FULFILL THE
COMMISSION that He gave us.
The world is doing work which will perish. Many are
prospering in this world, but what they have accumulated will be destroyed.
They are not called to do God's work. You and I are called to do God's
work. Our work need not perish. We can be instrumental in helping
others to learn God's ways. To help others change their lives in
repentance and obedience to God. That kind of labor brings fruit which will
God has called many to do this spiritual work, and yet so few are
actually doing it. Many do not realize that night is coming very soon
when no man can work (John 9:4-5). The time is coming when there will be
a famine of the word of God (Amos 8:11). We must work now, because our
work here will soon end. There is a work to finish NOW. Don't be slack
in this work, or leave it to others to do for you.
We read that because of the work of God, and because of the lack
of others, one of God's ministers in apostolic times became sick near to death
(Phil. 2:25-30). Here was a man who supplied the lack of others (verse
30). Some were not doing their full part. Even though this church
of Philippi received one of Paul's warmest letters, they still were lacking in
some things. It is the same today, because of the lack of many, OTHERS
HAVE TO DO MORE THAN THEIR SHARE.
Christ set us an example of what we should be doing. Even
at the age of 12 He told His parents that He must be about His Father's
business (Luke 2:49). He had a work to do and He finished that work.
He came to do the will of God who sent Him and to finish His work (John 4:34).
He is also doing a work through us today. The harvest is now ripe (verse
35). And yet some of those that God has called to labor are saying,
"I will do my part LATER. I will work NEXT YEAR." Christ
said we were not to put off our duties. God wants us to do the work that
He has given us to do now, then we may all rejoice together (verse 36).
Are you really doing your part? Are you personally faithful
in what God has called you to do? Are you faithful in praying that God
will cause more people to send in of their tithes and offerings? Are you
personally faithful in sending in your own tithes and offerings? Are you
an example and a light to others?
Back Up Those at the "Front"!
You should "back up" those whom God has put in the
"front of the battle," with all your might. You should give
your life completely and unreservedly to God without any strings attached. Be
willing to serve God no matter how menial a task He might give you to do.
Exhort and help others, encourage them in the ways of God.
Do more than what is required of you (Luke 17:10) for if you do
just what is required of you, you are going to be an unprofitable servant.
Bring forth fruit in God's service. Do not have all kinds of excuses as
to why you are not doing the particular work God has given you, and then blame
others for what you think they ought to do. Don't let the trials of this
life, or the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches separate you
from this work of God. Put the Kingdom of God and the work of God FIRST
in all things and not the physical work of making a living and of acquiring
Brethren, there is a great task yet to be done in this work of
God. GOD'S WORK IS WAITING ON YOU. Let's be about our Father's