These words [11 Peter 1:1–13] should mean a
great deal to us; and we should study this chapter diligently, that we may
learn to practice the virtues it presents before us. If we do these things, the apostle says, we “shall never fall.” It is of great consequence to us in our
spiritual experience that we have the assurance that we are treading securely
and walking understandingly in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I wish this afternoon to address particularly the
parents and children. These should
understand that they have solemn obligations resting upon them—the most solemn
that ever rested upon mortals. Let
parents take up their work and labor intelligently for the salvation of their
be Prepared for Eternity
Fathers and mothers, we are verging upon the eternal
world, and that which we should now most earnestly seek to understand is what
we should do to inherit eternal life. If
you will follow on to know the Lord, you will know that His going forth is
prepared as the morning. We must prepare
for the great crisis that is just before us.
Will you not sense your responsibilities in regard to the education and
training of your children in spiritual matters?
Here are the children.
Your daughters are inclined, if they see a dress different from that
which they have, to desire a dress similar to that. Or perhaps they want something else that they
see others have, which you do not feel would be in accordance with your faith
to grant them. Will you allow them to
tease this thing out of you, letting them mold you instead of molding them
according to the principles of the gospel?
Our children are very precious in the sight of God. Let us teach them the word of God and train
them in His ways. It is your privilege
to teach your children to live so that they will have the commendation of
Are we preparing for heaven? We say we are; and we ought to be making
ready for the future immortal life. We
should be so conducting ourselves that we shall make right impressions upon
those who are brought in contact with us.
Let us not encourage our children to follow the fashions of the world;
and if we will be faithful in giving them a right training, they will not do
this. But if you let your children rule
you, they will surely get away from the pure principles of the word of God and
will walk in the ways of the world. Let
them see how much the Lord sacrificed in their behalf when He came to this
world. There was everything to oppose
His advance, yet He gave us a perfect example in every detail of life—just the
example that we follow and teach our children to follow.
Dress for Children
Dress your children in simple and neat clothes, but do
not let them have anything that they may suppose they want. They may ask for a dress that is cut low in
the neck because it is the fashion to wear them so. Who has supposed such a fashion? It is not a right fashion, and we should not
allow ourselves to consider it right. We
should dress our children in such a way that they will learn to fashion their
lives in simple orderly lines. We are to
be preparing for the grand review that is soon to take place, and our children
must have a part in this work of preparation.
We want the light, the pure light of heaven, to shine into our hearts.
Interest in Children
All heaven is interested in our children, and parents
grieve the Spirit of God when they fail to bring them up in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord. Parents, be kind
to your children, but be firm. Let them
see that you mean all that you tell them.
The fashions of the world often take a ridiculous form, and you must
take a firm position against them. Our
manner of dress, as well as our deportment, is to be a ministry, an education.
Parents, you are responsible for the work of bringing
up your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. These children need instruction line upon
line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little. You may feel annoyed sometimes because your
children go contrary to what you have told them. But have you ever thought that many times you
go contrary to what the Lord has commanded you to do that you might prepare
yourselves for His work and know His will as revealed in His word? If you will follow on to know the Lord you
can make a splendid representation of Christ before the world.
Never manifest passion when your children do
wrong. When the mother gives her child a
jerk or a blow, do you think it enables him to see the beauty of the Christian
character? No indeed; it only tends to
raise evil feelings in the heart, and the child is not corrected at all. We need to consider, as we endeavor to do our
duty intelligently, that our children are to be brought into right relation to
God, that they may have an entrance through the gates into the City of God and
have right to all the advantages that heaven can give.
We have but little time now. Let us prepare earnestly for the solemn
scenes of the future. The Lord would
have us work under the direction of His word.
It does not show any true love to let your children do as they please,
and to think that in doing so they are doing just right. Husband and wife should be united in the work
of seeking to form in their children correct habits of speech and conduct. If they will draw constantly in Christ’s
lines, the will of Christ will be rule in their lives, and they will see of the
salvation of God in their homes. Let
them invite the Spirit of God to act His part in training the children in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord. With
this power to help in every time of need, they will obtain the victory.
Has not God given you every evidence
of His love? Did He not allow Jesus to
come to this world as our pattern? Men
could not endure the perfection of Christ’s character, and they took and
crucified Him. There is a crucifixion
that must go on in our lives, a constant dying to self and sin. We must walk circumspectly, that our lives
may preach the gospel of Christ to those with whom we associate. If we will speak and walk circumspectly, the
light of Christ will be revealed in our lives.
I desired at the beginning of my talk to speak these
words to you. I leave them with you to
think about. Let us be faithful to the
duties of the home life. Let your
children understand that obedience must reign there. Teach them to distinguish between that which
is sensible and that which is foolish in the matter of dress, and furnish them
with clothes that are neat and simple.
As a people who are preparing for the soon return of Christ we should
give to the world an example of modest dress in contrast with the prevailing
fashion of the day. Talk these things
over, and plan wisely what you will do, then carry out
your plans in your families. Determine
to be guided by higher principles than the notions and desires of your
Confession of Heart
Parents need to come up on a higher platform. They have a sacred work to do in bringing
their children into harmony with Christ.
Parents, do not neglect this work. You need to move constantly in the counsel
and fear of the Lord God of Israel. Talk with
your children in regard to the lessons of the word; pray with them. Seek for confession of heart from them. Show them which is the
wrong and which is the right way, and their need of yielding their wills
to the will of God if they would be overcomers. I see many parents taking a course with their
children that will shut them out of the kingdom of God. O that these
might now repent, and seek to redeem the time, that God might help them to act
I did not expect to speak more than a few words to you
this afternoon. I want you to have the
light and blessing that the Lord desires to give you. Reach out for these blessings,
seek for a fitness for eternal life, that others may see that you are coming
into harmony with heaven. When the soul
takes its position on the side of right, all heaven is filled with rejoicing
and praise and thanksgiving. Shall we
not take hold with Christ to do our best?
Pray with your children. Impress their minds with the thought that
Christ was given to our world that we might love His beauty of character and
seek to follow Him in every particular.
If you will follow on to know the Lord, the blessing of God will rest
upon you. We need to glorify God more
than we do, to praise Him with uplifted soul.
If we would study more faithfully the virtues of His character, we would
desire to be more like Him. If in the
minor points we would carry out the directions of the Lord, He will give us
strength to follow Him in the large matters.
We need to see the necessity of bringing the principles of the truth
into every purpose and action of the life.
There is a large work to be carried on in this
locality. Consider how God has wrought
to bring these buildings into our possession.
We have made every possible effort to establish the work in this place;
and there are but few who know of the real difficulties we have had to
meet. Now we are in possession and, for
this I thank the Lord with heart and soul and voice.
Contrary to the World
There are many here who will need to take their
position directly contrary to the world’s customs and fashions. They may not want to do this, but this must
make no difference. We are to have a
large experience here in a little while, and everything should be brought into
line with right principles. Here are men
and women of capability. We want you to
realize your capabilities, and act your part in carrying out the purposes of
God for this place. Here are men who are
preparing to enter on high positions of truth; but they are not ready for these
positions. They need to be reconverted,
and to let the blessing of God come into the life to transform the
character. If those who come here to
obtain an education will seek to help in every possible way, God will multiply
blessings to them, and giving them His knowledge and His grace will make them overcomers through the blood of the Lamb and the word of
45, 1911. Sermon at Loma Linda,
California, November 6, 1911.)
To be continued . . .
“Simplicity . . .
no single word could describe Ellen G. White as accurately as this one. Born into a family where the deeper values of
life took priority over social standing, surrounded by the grueling poverty of
the early 1800s and
severely handicapped, she found herself elevated from mediocrity to a position of
guiding leadership in a great church, her actions aided and directed by a
seemingly endless number of inspired revelations.” Rene Noorbergen,
Ellen G. White Prophet of Destiny, TEACH Services, Inc., Brushton,
New York, 2001, vii.