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Tame the Lion!

by Gary Blanchard

How do you tame a lion? They say lion tamers do it by holding a stool out between them and the giant cat. Although the lion could easily devour the tamer, it is distracted by the four legs of the stool and rendered tamable!  

 How do you tame a church? Well, the same way actually! You get the people of the church distracted and unable to focus on its primary mission. You get them focused on building churches, healing hurts, hosting socials—none of these in themselves are bad, and we should do them—but this isn’t what the church is specifically called to do.

 Seventh-day Adventists are not better than other Christians, but we have been given a greater responsibility, a unique and special work! We were given the last warning message to the world. It’s called the three angels’ messages, and it’s found in Revelation 14:6-12. Like Noah, we must not allow ourselves to be distracted from sharing this extremely important message.

Don’t believe it? Then check out this quotation from Ellen White: “In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a work of most solemn import—the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention.”1

 On October 18, 1943, the British 56th Infantry Division radioed for air support to help them crush the German resistance in Calvi Vecchia, Italy. The message was received, and the American warplanes were being made ready when something unexpected happened. The British broke through the German lines, but in the process lost their communication networks. Now they were standing in the very place where their own planes would soon be dropping bombs! What would they do? The lives of a thousand men depended on getting a message to the British bombers soon headed their way.

 Fortunately help came in the form of a war carrier pigeon named G.I. Joe. They tied a message to his little body and sent him off! He traveled 20 miles in 20 minutes with a message to stop the planes! Fortunately he arrived just before the planes left the runway. Interestingly, he was the only bird, or animal for that matter, to be awarded the Dickin Medal for gallantry in battle.

 Seventh-day Adventists are not better than other Christians, but like G.I. Joe we have been given a life-and-death message that must go out to the world!
 Are we being faithful, or are we being distracted? The lives of billions are at stake. God is calling this generation of young people to take the three angels’ messages quickly throughout the world. No wonder the Bible says, “Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people” (Revelation 14:6, NIV).2

 For the next several weeks we will be learning about this awesome message and how we can effectively share it with our friends and family. Why don’t you start by sharing what you just read with someone you care about? Be sure to keep reading!

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1 Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1948), vol. 9, p. 19.
2 Scripture quotations credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Pastor Gary Blanchard lives with his wife and three teenagers in Cleburne, Texas. He is the youth and young adult director for the Texas Conference. His desire is to see every young person become a minister for the Master.

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