Editorial – Obstacles

Many people hesitate to follow the Lord all the way because of one or more obstacles. For some it is their job—afraid that by keeping the Sabbath they will jeopardize their job and experience financial ruin. Jesus promised those who put God first, that all things needed in this life will be provided (see Matthew 6:25–33).

Others are afraid someone in their family will oppose them or, in the case of a marriage, are afraid of a divorce. See the special promises to those who experience this kind of loss as a result of following Him (Mark 10:29, 30).

To choose against a total commitment because of fear of opposition will cost us our souls.

“When Christ was upon this earth, the great mass of the common people would have accepted Him had it not been that they were afraid of what the Scribes and Pharisees might do.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 9, 264.

“Natural affection for relatives and friends should not lead any soul who sees the light to reject the light, to dishonor God the Father and Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. Every possible excuse for disobedience will be framed by men who choose, as many did in Christ’s day, the favor of men rather than the favor of God. If one chooses wife or children, father or mother, before Christ, that choice will stand through eternal ages, with all its weight of responsibility. …

“The soul that has had light in regard to the Lord’s Sabbath, His memorial of creation, and to save himself from inconvenience and reproach has chosen to remain disloyal, has sold his Lord. He has dishonored the name of Christ, He has taken his stand with the armies of Antichrist; with them at the last great day, he will be found outside the city of God, not with the loyal, the true and righteous, in the heavenly kingdom.” Selected Messages, Book 3, 401.

“Our Saviour assures us that there are some who would like to climb up some other way than the toilsome, self-denying way of the cross. They would avoid reproach and shun sacrifices. Christ calls such thieves and robbers. If we are not willing to breast the storm of opposition, if we choose to float with the current, we shall lose eternal life.” The Signs of the Times, July 31, 1884.