Reflections on “The Desire of Ages”

As a part of my morning devotion, I prayerfully read an excerpt of Ellen White’s The Desire of Ages. This week, I have been reading the chapter, “A Doomed People.” Here the Prophetess exposits on Jesus’ act of cursing the fig tree, which had many leaves but bore no fruit. This tree is a symbol of Jerusalem, a nation favored by God, and supposed to be advanced in the science of salvation, yet lacking in that essential thing: fruit, the character of God.

And the LORD spoke to my heart. What are we today? Are we, “a mass of pretentious foliage, nothing more” (DA 581.4)? Do we have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)? What are the inconsistencies of character we must relinquish so God can comfortably reign in our body temples? Are we studying the Word of God? Are we sharing the Word? Are we applying the Word, allowing it to cut off all worldly tendencies?

Now is high time for us to awake out of slumber (Romans 13:11). Time is too short for us to play church, or rock the façade of holiness, when our hearts and minds are like sepulchers. Time is too short for us to continue playing with the world and claiming to follow God.

Let’s allow Jesus to clean us out. Let’s intentionally live for Jesus according to the knowledge we have.

-Thank You Jesus!

-Amen!

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