February 19, 2016 Brethren Letter
My wife and I were overjoyed when we read what one of our adult children recently posted on the internet. This is what was written: “I’m very thankful that my parents raised me to have a strong work ethic and a strong sense of motivation, ambition, and drive to achieve my goals and be responsible.” That was a WONDERFUL comment to read! We did try to instill in our children the importance of having a strong work ethic, and point out the benefits received by having one. “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (II Corinthians 9:6).
I worked in a cafeteria when I was seventeen. One evening I was working hard, cleaning and polishing the stainless steel equipment on the serving line. While working, a co-worker said to me, “Gary, Why are you working so hard? I’m just doing enough to get paid.” My answer was, “I was always taught, if you can’t do it right, then don’t do it at all.” Well, I must have been doing something right at that restaurant, since I eventually became one of the highest paid employees.
In Ecclesiastes 9:10 we read, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…” Not one word of that verse indicates that we should take a half-hearted approach to our responsibilities. Here are some further words of wisdom written in the book of Proverbs about a tiny, yet industrious insect. “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest” (Proverbs 6:6-8).
In The Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course (Lesson 55), we find the following scripture and comment about how our Father in Heaven WORKS. “But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (John 5:17). “…COMMENT: God works with zeal. The zeal of God is an essential part of His character, as a concordance will quickly show. We are to be LIKE God, putting the utmost of our strength and abilities into WHATEVER we set our hands to do!”
Brethren, sometimes people have wondered why I would take the time to prepare sermons, write a “Brethren Letter” each week and think about a Church website. Well, the answer is, it’s because our Father in heaven is real, and He has given us the responsibility to do everything with all of our might, and to faithfully serve Him! Our Church website is continuing to expand. Many more of Mr. Armstrong’s sermons have now been added. It reflects the highest of standards and quality. That’s definitely how God wants us to approach all that we do! Mr. Daniel Hatter has been diligent in building the site properly! I’m very pleased with his effort and work.
I’ll end tonight’s letter with a quote from a “Brethren, Co-Worker Letter” written by Mr. Armstrong, November 22, 1978. “I have always preached that God’s WAY is the way of EXCELLENCE. God says “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Eccl. 9:10). All that GOD created and made was “VERY GOOD”. I have tried conscientiously, under Christ, to build God’s Church and Work and college in that manner.” That’s the same approach we should have too!
Please have a wonderful Sabbath!
Your Brother in Christ,