We must strive to be patient. We must strive for patience and perseverance for the sake of all those things we have received. We do this for that Final Day. We apply these things one hundred percent – even two hundred percent – and we do this so that we can finally be accepted by Him as His precious instruments. With the love that God gives us, according to all those things God has given us – we have received great courage, we have received great sureness, and we have received the confidence that we can do even greater things than these. So that we can be sure to maintain these blessings and that we can fulfill these things planned by God, we must toil, we must labor, and continue to be used by Him.
God has given us various tasks and works for us to do. So to those graduates of Berea Academy that have come here today, I say: We must make the great efforts, day by day, to become that special product of God.
What God asks of us is great faithfulness – absolute faithfulness – in those works we have been entrusted with. This is what God is asking us now: great faithfulness to those tasks that we have been given. God has done these precious works in our direction, and He has been doing these things for 50 years. As we can see, so many disciples have come out and have been produced from Berea Academy. We must make the great effort and pray so that no bad roots come out from us ever again.
We are now considered as soldiers of Jesus Christ, but we must know that we have only received the ammunition. We are missing the discipline, the training, and the strategy. What is the point if we do not have these essential things, but have only have the guns, the ammunition, and the weapons? What is the use if we do not have the training and the discipline? But if we do have that discipline and training, we will be praised by God. We must undergo that required and acceptable training. We must not have the attitude of judging others with an evil attitude, or condemn others that we know the Bible more than them, or that we are right concerning the Bible and that they are not. Do you think that they will be convinced if you have this kind of negative approach and attitude? Do you think that they will stop their accusations of heresy against us? You cannot go about these things in this negative and arrogant way.
It is the wrong attitude if we think that we must somehow overcome those who persecute us in some sort of arrogant and malicious way. Instead, let us try to convey these precious things we have received and give it to others. We must make the great effort, toil and labor to completely fulfill these works. We must give it to others and to share it with others.
Although, outwardly, it may seem that we lack many things, and it may seem that we have many shortcomings, nevertheless, we look to the Lord to seek to be accepted by Him. We need that certain professional level, that acceptable and very noble level. If we do not have that level of acceptability, nobleness, and godly goodness, then how can we ever seek to be accepted by God, or by the people around us? God Himself has taught us that we should do these things, that we should be true and faithful and noble Bereans. We must come together in great strength – the strength of God – and to continue diligently in all this. Wherever we are, let us continue to do all of these works. This I plead that you continue to do so in the Name of Jesus Christ!
I earnestly desire for you to do these things! And to come together as one! I ask for you to deny yourselves, and to deny your own desires and greed! I ask that you give thanks to God and to be most faithful and devoted to God! I ask for you to strive each day to become that acceptable product of God! Is this not the way God accepts us, and is this not what God desires for us? Is this not the way to be those most acceptable instruments of God? We must strive for that Heavenly Crown that is awaiting us. God is the One who makes things to be as though they were not in the past, and He personally does those things to create us to be a new product, to be a new and acceptable product in the eyes of God! We must succeed in all the works that we do. We must do the works that will be praised in person by God! We must be used by the Holy Spirit! We must do these works by the Holy Spirit! We must do all these things, so that there will be no regret or no dismay for all of us.
We give praise and thanks to God, who has enabled us to fully reach the graduation of this term of Berea Academy. Let us all give glory to God! Let us pray.