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Friday February 9

 

Further Thought: Another mark of a good steward is individual accountability.

 

“It has ever been the design of Satan to draw the minds of the people from Jesus to man, and to destroy individual accountability. Satan failed in his design when he tempted the Son of God; but he succeeded better when he came to fallen man. Christianity became corrupted.” - Ellen G. White, Early Writings, p. 213.

 

With Christ at the center of our being, we are open to His guidance. As a result, our faith, loyalty, obedience, clear conscience, trustworthiness, and individual accountability will be revealed in our lives. Thus, as stewards, we are made complete in the hands of God (Ps. 139:23, 24).

 

Individual accountability is an essential biblical principle. While on earth, Jesus was individually accountable to the Father (John 8:28). We are accountable for every idle word (Matt. 12:36). “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48, NKJV). The biggest threat to individual accountability, though, is the tendency to transfer our responsibilities to someone else. “Let it be borne in mind that it is not our own property which is entrusted to us for investment. If it were, we might claim discretionary power; we might shift our responsibility upon others, and leave our stewardship with them. But this cannot be, because the Lord has made us individually His stewards.” - Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, p. 177.

Discussion Questions:

 

Look at all the different marks of a steward we studied this week: individual accountability, trustworthiness, obedience, loyalty, a clear conscience, and faithfulness. How do these relate to each other? How would slackness in one area lead to slackness in the others? Or how might firm adherence in one area lead to adherence in the others?

Dwell more on how the promises of the gospel can help those who are struggling with a guilty conscience. What promises can they claim?

We often view the concept of “loyalty” as good in and of itself. But is that always so? In what ways might it be possible to be loyal to someone or something that is not good? Why, then, must the concept of “loyalty” always be understood in a specific context in order to see if this loyalty is good or misplaced?

 

Inside Story~

Finding Ellen White in Mideast

By Chanmin Chung

 

Ahmet felt a strange impression to look for a Seventh-day Adventist church in a major Middle Eastern city where Adventists are not allowed to witness in public or distribute literature door to door.

 

Ahmet, who was visiting his ill father, had never met an Adventist, visited an Adventist church, or heard of Adventist beliefs.

 

“The impression came again and again”, said Ahmet, a former Muslim who had converted to Christianity four years earlier.

 

Following the impression, he set off in search of the church. Little did he know that only 30 Adventists are known to live in the city of 10 million people.

 

Adventist Mission is not identifying the city or Ahmet by his real name to safeguard the Adventist work in the region.

 

Finally, Ahmet found the Adventist church, stepped into the entrance area, and knocked on the inner door. He was met with silence.

 

“Nobody was there except Ellen White books”, Ahmet said.

 

Local church members had placed a bookrack with free literature inside the church entrance, an area that is not considered a public space legally and therefore is available for witnessing. Ahmet felt convicted to pick up “The Victory of Love”, a book containing several chapters of “The Great Controversy” by Adventist Church co-founder Ellen White.

 

Returning to his father’s home, Ahmet wondered whether the Spirit of the Lord had led him to the church. When he finished reading the book three days later, he concluded that White’s words were in harmony with the Bible. He found contact information on the last page of the book and asked for more information. Soon he received a copy of White’s book “Patriarchs and Prophets.” After that he read “The Great Controversy”, “Acts of the Apostles”, “Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing”, and his favorite, “The Desire of Ages.”

 

After reading those books, Ahmet decided to become an Adventist, and today wants everyone to know about Ellen White.

 

“I will tell everyone: Ellen White is a prophet of God”, he said.

 

Even more, Ahmet said he wants to share the clearer picture of God’s love that he has learned in those books. He is working to reach out to people from his country who have never heard the gospel.

 

Ahmet’s story has encouraged local church leaders to maintain their efforts to share White’s writings.

 

“We need to do all we can to share the treasure we have”, said Rick McEdward, president of the Middle East and North Africa Union.

 

Chanmin Chung is communication coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Union.

 

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