“…Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Mark 1:3

From one end of the world to the other the message of Christ’s righteousness is to be sounded by human lips, to prepare the way of the Lord. The youth, the aged, and the middle-aged are to act a personal part in preparing their own souls for the great event that is soon to take place, even the second coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven, and in so doing they will reflect light upon many other souls. (1)

As the children sang in the temple courts, “Hosanna; Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Mark 11:9), so in these last days children’s voices will be raised to give the last message of warning to a perishing world. When heavenly intelligences see that men are no longer permitted to present the truth, the Spirit of God will come upon the children, and they will do a work in the proclamation of the truth which the older workers cannot do because their way will be hedged up. (2)

Study should be given to the best methods for fitting consecrated young men and young women to bear responsibility and to win souls for Christ. They should be taught how to meet the people and how to present the third angel’s message in an attractive manner. (3)

In the closing work of the third angel’s message, many who have long stood in the market-place as indifferent idlers, will heed the divine commission, and engage in active service for the Master. God has places of usefulness in the home field, and in the regions beyond, that may be filled acceptably by the most humble men, of varied talent, even if human hands may never be laid on them in ordination. Long has he waited for the missionary spirit to pervade the entire church, so that every one shall work, in some part of the world, as in the sight of the hosts of heaven. (4)

Charge for the Day: Think about how you can contribute to helping a missionary spirit pervade your entire local church community. Can you spearhead a movement to reach your neighboring communities? Make sure especially to involve the youth and encourage them to be workers for Christ.

1. RH July 22, 1909, par. 14

2. Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 176

3. Testimonies for the Church, Volume 9, p. 76

4. RH March 24, 1910, par. 15