“That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9
The grace of Christ is not confined to a few. The message of mercy and forgiveness brought from heaven by Christ was to be heard by all. Our Saviour says, “I am the light of the world” John 8:12 His blessing are universal, reaching to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples. Christ came to break down every wall of partition…that every soul, whether Jew or Gentile, might be a free worshiper and have access to God…
Through varied channels the heavenly messengers are in active communication with every part of the world, and when man calls upon the Lord with a true and earnest heart, God is represented as bending from His throne above. He listens to every yearning cry, and answers, “Here am I.” He raises up the distressed and oppressed. He bestows His blessings on the evil as well as on the good.
In every precept that Christ taught, He was expounding His own life. God’s holy law was magnified in this living representative. “The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.” Isaiah 42:21 He was the revealer of the infinite mind. He uttered no uncertain sentiments or opinions, but pure and holy truth… He invites men to take a close view of God in Himself, in the infinite love therein expressed.
To know God is the most wonderful knowledge that men can have. There is much wisdom with worldly men, but with all their wisdom they behold not the beauty and majesty, the justice and wisdom, the goodness and holiness, of the Creator of all worlds. The Lord walks among men by His providences, but His stately steppings are not heard, His presence is not discerned, His hand is not recognized. The work of Christ’s disciples is to shine as lights, making manifest to the world the character of God. They are to catch the increasing rays of light from the Word of God and reflect them to men enshrouded in the darkness of misapprehension of God. The servants of Christ must rightly represent the character of God and Christ to men.
E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 98
“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Timothy 4:12
By the atmosphere surrounding us, every person with whom we come in contact is consciously or unconsciously affected… Our words, our acts, our dress, our deportment, even the expression of the countenance, has an influence… Every impulse thus imparted is seed sown which will produce its harvest. It is a link in the long chain of human events, extending we know not whither. If by our example we aid others in the development of good principles, we give them power to do good. In their turn they exert the same influence upon others, and they upon still others. Thus by our unconscious influence thousands may be blessed.
Throw a pebble into the lake, and a wave is formed; and another and another; and as they increase, the circle widens, until it reaches the very shore. So with our influence. Beyond our knowledge or control it tells upon others in blessing or cursing…
And the wider the sphere of our influence the more good we may do. When those who profess to serve God follow Christ’s example, practicing the principles of the law in their daily life; when every act bears witness that they love God supremely and their neighbor as themselves, then will the church have power to move the world.
If young men make their model an exalted one, having pure morals and firm principles, and if blended with this are affability and true Christian courtesy, there is a refined perfection to the character which will win its way anywhere, and a powerful influence will be wielded in favor of virtue, temperance, and righteousness. Such characters will be of the highest value to society, more precious than gold. Their influence is for time and for eternity.
E. G. White, My Life Today, p. 121