“For I desired mercy and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burn offerings.” Hosea 6:6
We have no time to lose. We know not how soon our probation may close. At the longest, we have but a brief lifetime here, and we know not how soon the arrow of death may strike our hearts. We know not how soon we may be called to give up the world and all its interests. Eternity stretches before us. The curtain is about to lifted. But a few short years, and for every one now numbered with the living the mandate will go forth: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still;… and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
Are we prepared? Have we become acquainted with God, the governor of Heaven, the lawgiver, and with Jesus Christ whom He sent into the world as His representative? When our life-work is ended, shall we be able to say, as did Christ our example: “I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do… I have manifested Thy name”?
The angels of God are seeking to attract us from ourselves and from earthly things. Let them not labor in vain… The thoughts must be centered upon God. We must put forth earnest effort to overcome the evil tendencies of the natural heart. Our efforts, our self-denial and perseverance, must be proportionate to the infinite value of the object of which we are in pursuit. Only by overcoming as Christ overcame shall we win the crown of life. —Ministry of Healing, pp. 454, 455.
The knowledge of God as revealed in His Word is the knowledge to be given to our children… Let the youth make the Word of God the food of mind and soul. —Ibid., p. 460
E. G. White, With God At Dawn, p. 17
Man, fallen man, may be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that he can “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect. will of God.” How does he prove this? By the Holy Spirit taking possession of his mind, spirit, heart, and character. Where does the proving come in? “We are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” A real work is wrought by the Holy Spirit upon the human character, and its fruits are seen…
We see by experience that in our own human strength, resolutions and purposes are of no avail. Must we, then, give up our determined efforts? No; although our experience testifies that we cannot possibly do this work ourselves, help has been laid upon One who is mighty to do it for us. But the only way we can secure the help of God is to put ourselves wholly in His hands, and trust Him to work for us. As we lay hold of Him by faith, He does the work. The believer can only trust. As God works, we can work, trusting in Him and doing His will.
E. G. White, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, p. 1080