Ricardo Reid Talks About Lifework
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 5, 2017 with Clifton Brandt welcoming everyone and making a few announcements. There will be outreach at 2:00 and communion this next Sabbath.
Jacqueline Miller played an introit. The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Take My Life and Let It Be”. Clifton Brandt then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Dyaine (senior) then called for the offering. Eric (junior) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Clifton Brandt prayed for the offering.
Scott Sterling then told the children a story about a girl who was told she had won the local spelling contest. Her mother tested her with all sorts of words. The regional contest was held in a high-domed hall where Karen was extremely nervous. Finally, she joined seven other contestants at a table. The first word was “surprise”, a word she considered easy. She started to doubt her spelling and looked at the boy next to her, the word clearly outlined on his paper. His spelling was different so she changed her answer. She was eliminated because she had cheated; she didn’t make the same mistake again.
Psalm 32:2 “Blessed [is] the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit [there is] no guile.”
Samantha (sophomore) then read the scripture reading – Matthew 9:9-12 “9 ¶ And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. 10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard [that], he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”
Sophia Shaw mentioned that God made us because He needs us as friends. She then sang a vocal solo for special music.
Ricardo Reid discussed the topic “The Lifework”. The congregation sang “I Would Be Like Jesus”. Ricardo Reid had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook property
Ricardo Reid – academy teacher / local head elder
Scott Sterling – academy teacher / aviation instructor
Following are some notes on the sermon:
- Nothing can separate us from God’s love. God wants us to have a deep love for the world.
- To be successful, you need to have a vision and a clear aim. The chapter “The Lifework” in Ellen White’s book Education tells us how, all of us including staff and students.
- God sets before us a particular aim for all of us – giving the gospel to the world. This is the highest purpose we can have in our lives.
- We don’t realize what possibilities this aim opens up for each of us. Every person in the world has a right to receive the gospel.
- Esther 4:14 “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, [then] shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?”
- Jesus went by Matthew, the tax collector’s stand, and called Matthew to follow Him. Jesus then ate with the sinners and publicans to enlighten them and save them for His kingdom.
- Matthew 9:9-12 “9 ¶ And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. 10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard [that], he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”
- The Cross is a revelation of the pain sin has brought to God. Finishing the gospel work shortens this pain.
- Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
- All may work with God to bring the gospel to their fellow human beings. We have the great opportunity to end sin and suffering by pushing the gospel work.
- All too many parents train their children to follow the trends and standards of the world so they will become respected people in society.
- But these people lack self-sacrifice and neglect the training for strength and nobility of character. Everything focuses on what they want to have or to do.
- Christ’s training prepares us to think of others first, of serving them first.
- If you allow God to direct your study and your interaction with others, God can really us more.
- 1 John says that if we love God we will show it by our actions with others.
- “Learning by doing”- doing as well as thinking about how to do things prepares a student more for life.
- We often limit ourselves by failing to open our eyes to new opportunities regardless of our feelings of self-worth.
- God told Samuel that David’s elder brothers did not possess the qualities needed for a ruler – they were selfish, self-centered, and perverted.
- Don’t let anyone or anything to get a young person away from simplicity and God-centeredness.
- Ecclesiastes 11:6 “In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both [shall be] alike good.”
- God expects us to work according to our God-given abilities.
- Many don’t use the power they have available from God and enter careers for which they are not suited. Some don’t use the abilities they have.
- Satan has so many distractions, but the solution is to do your best in the world that lies nearest, commit your ways to God, and watch for indications of His providence.
- These are the rules for choosing the right occupation in life.
- Christ spent 30 years in mechanical labor, doing simple things to save the world. The last few years of his earthly life He spent saving the world.
- Going to mission fields is not to concentrate on buildings but on people.
- During these 30 years, Christ did useful work, concentrated on the Word of God, and studied nature. These are basic elements present in Christ’s education.
- He taught all within His reach.
- Luke 22:26-27 “26 But ye [shall] not [be] so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. 27 For whether [is] greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? [is] not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.”
- All that comes in life presents opportunities for service. As the Christian attends to those who need help, he/she acquires skills.
- Faithfulness in little things of life prepares one for greater responsibility and witnesses for God.
- Christ is close to His church. Connection with the church connects us to Christ. An important part of training is the training to do church duties and to cultivate church relationships.
- Church involvement should be taken very seriously since this is a way God trains us.
- Everyone will be called from jobs they are doing and be sent forth to witness for the Master. Christ will fit each person for the work He has called them to. If we develop sympathy and pity, Christ can use us.
- Zephaniah 1:14 “The great day of the LORD [is] near, [it is] near, and hasteth greatly, [even] the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.”
- As educators, we should give sympathy and support for those workers out working for God.
- You are called to work with angels and finish the work God has for this world. Satan is also trying to distract you.
- We need to know where we fit in God’s work.
- We can get the benefits of getting an education from angels of God and might help God finish the suffering and sin in the world.
- Psalm 37:29 “The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.”
- Jesus loves each of us and has a very high and noble plan for each of our lives. Don’t be distracted from Jesus, our Example.