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At a very early age Jesus began act for Himself in the formation of character, and

not even respect and love for His parents could turn Him from obedience to God.
What is the aim and purpose of your life? Are you ambitious for education that will
give you prestige and honor? Do you have dreams you cant even express that you will
one day stand upon the summit of intellectual greatness? There is nothing wrong in
these aspirations. Each of you can reach your goals. Dont be content with mediocrity.
Aim high, and exert yourself to reach your goal.
Success in any line demands a definite aim. If you want to achieve true success in
life, set goals worthy of your efforts. The highest purpose for your life is to give the
gospel to the world in this generation. That purpose opens opportunities for everyone
whose heart Jesus has touched.
Gods purpose for you is wider, deeper, higher than your limited vision has ever
imagined. God often God often picks reliable persons from unlikely places to witness for
Him in the worlds highest places.
In our life here, earthly sin-restricted as it is, the greatest joy and highest education
are in service. And in the future reality, uninhibited by the limitations of sinful humanity,
we will find our greatest joy and highest education in service. And in the future reality,
uninhibited by the limitations of sinful humanity, we will find our greatest joy and highest
education in service- witnessing and learning rich mysteries: Christ in you, the hope of
glory.
(source: summarized content from the book A Call to Stand Apart)
Stand Apart From
TheWorld
ThecloserwecometothesecondcomingitbecomesmoreevidentwhyJesusdeclaredSatantherulerofthis
world.Asthestreamofmodernculturerushesheadlongtowarddestruction,standingfirmonthesolidrockof
Scripturewillmakeitappearasthoughyouareremovingyourselffromsociety.Yetseekingtheapprovalof
Godmustalwaysbethesingleobjectiveofourliveswithnoturningback.
InourEntertainment
Everincreasingtechnologicaladvancesarebecomingcommonplaceinoursociety.Thoughweliveinthe
internetageandarealmostcontinuallysubjectedtothemostpowerfultemptationsthroughtelevision,movies,
music,andliterature,wemustalwaysguardtheavenuesofthesoul.Eveninthe21stcentury,Philippians4:8is
God'sformulaforrightthinking,chargingustothinkononlythosethingsthataretrue,noble,just,pure,lovely,
ofgoodreport,andvirtuous.Youngpeople,lettheseBiblicalprinciplesandthecounselsofinspirationinthe
SpiritofProphecyguideyouinyourentertainmentchoices.
Inourpersonalrelationships
Whileweshouldalwaysbeoutgoingandfriendlytoeveryone,wemustbediscerningandjudiciousaboutthose
inwhomweplaceourpersonalconfidence.Ourclosestrelationshipsandmosttrustedcompanionshipsshould
bebuiltonthesolidfoundationofacommonfaithinGodandthetruthsofHisWord.Aftertheinstructionof2
Corinthians6:14,"Donotbeunequallyyokedtogetherwithunbelievers,"thepassagecontinueswiththesalient

rhetoricalquestions,"Forwhatfellowshiphasrighteousnesswithlawlessness?Andwhatcommunionhaslight
withdarkness?"
Youngpeople,choosegodlyassociateswhowillencourageyourwalkwithChrist.Ifyouhaveany
relationships,platonicorromantic,thataredispleasingtotheLord,Iimploreyoutomustertheholyboldnessto
separateyourselffortheirsalvationandyourown.
Inourbehavior
TodaymuchencouragementisgiventobehaviorsthatsocietydeemsacceptableevenlaudablebutthattheLord
abhors.Promiscuity,homosexuality,violence,vulgarity,overindulgence,greed,andprideareallseenasnormal
incurrentsocietywhileagodlylifestylemarkedbypurityandtemperanceisridiculedandmocked.Butdonot
letthatdiscourageyou.Forthosewhowouldfacethestrugglesofagodlylifeinanevilworld,thewordsof
JesusarerecordedinJohn15:18,19."Iftheworldhatesyou,youknowthatithatedMebeforeithatedyou.If
youwereoftheworld,theworldwouldloveitsown.Yetbecauseyouarenotoftheworld,butIchoseyouout
oftheworld,thereforetheworldhatesyou."WhatablessingtoknowthattheLordneverasksyoutowalka
pathHehasnottrodHimself.Youngpeople,thesameJesuswhohasbeenwhereyouareandfacedwhatyou
facehaspromisedtogiveyouthestrengthyouneedtowalkwithHimvictoriously.
Inourdiligenceatworkandschooltheremustbenoturningback:
TheBiblerepeatedlydeclaresthatourGodisaGodofexcellence.AsHisrepresentativeswhowereoriginally
madeinandarebeingrestoredtoHisimage,weshouldstriveforexcellenceinallourundertakingsasawitness
forthegloryofGod.Complacency,apathy,andmediocrityathomeoratschoolshouldneverbeseeninthelife
ofaChristian.
IamremindedoftheprophetDanielwhoseexcellenceinallthingswonthefavorofthekingandtheenvyof
hispeers.InDaniel6:4weread,"SothegovernorsandsatrapssoughttofindsomechargeagainstDaniel
concerningthekingdom;buttheycouldfindnochargeorfault,becausehewasfaithful;norwasthereanyerror
orfaultfoundinhim."NotonlywasDaniel'slifefreefromcorruption,itwasalsofreeofnegligence.This
combinationofintegrityanddiligencewasawitnessforthegloryofGod.IpraythatDaniel'slegacyof
excellenceisseeninthelivesofeachyoungpersonintheSeventhdayAdventistChurchaswefinishthework
andhastenthecomingofChrist.
Inourspiritualrevivals
OnMarch22,1887EllenWhitewrotethefollowingwordsinanarticlefortheReviewandHeraldentitled"The
Church'sGreatNeed:""Arevivaloftruegodlinessamongusisthegreatestandmosturgentofallourneeds.To
seekthisshouldbeourfirstwork."TodaypraisetheLordthatsomanySeventhdayAdventistsareearnestly
seekingtheLord'sblessingandprayingforagenuinerevivalandreformationintheirlivesindividuallyandin
thechurchcollectively.Butwemustremainalertbecause,aswehavealreadymentioned,thedevilhasa
counterfeitforeverytruthofGod.Wehavebeencautioned,bothintheBibleandintheSpiritofProphecy,that
intheselastdaysSatanwillunleashfalserevivalsofhisowninanefforttodeceive,ifpossible,eventheelect.
EllenWhitewrotepointedlytotheverythingswenowseemovingwithinourranks.
Thechangeweneedisachangeofheart,andcanonlybeobtainedbyseekingGodindividuallyforHis
blessing,bypleadingwithHimforHispower,byferventlyprayingthatHisgracemaycomeuponus,andthat
ourcharactersmaybetransformed.Thisisthechangeweneedtoday,andfortheattainmentofthisexperience
weshouldexerciseperseveringenergyandmanifestheartfeltearnestness.
TheNeedoftheHolySpirit
SuchconsistentfaithfulnesstoChristandHisWordisonlypossiblethroughthepoweroftheHolySpirit.The
levelofspiritualvitalitytowhichwearecalledisnotsomethingthatcanbeachievedthroughhumaneffort.We

must,inallthatwedo,relywhollyontheSpiritofGodtoworkinourheartssothatamongGod'sfaithful
remnanttherewillbenoturningback,noturningaside,noturningleft,noturningright,turningaway,no
returningtotheworldwhatsoever.Youngpeople,Godiscallingyoutogoforwardinfaithuntilweallreach
whatEphesians4:13calls,"themeasureofthestatureofthefullnessofChrist."
Whilesocietybombardsyouwiththeideathatyouthisatimeforrecklessselfindulgence,God'sWord
declaresotherwise.Paul'scounseltoyoungTimothyin1Timothy4:12ismycounselforallSeventhday
Adventistyoungpeoplewhetherhereoraroundtheworld."Letnoonedespiseyouryouth,butbeanexampleto
thebelieversinword,inconduct,inlove,inspirit,infaith,inpurity."Itismyprayerthatthegreatestexamples
ofourfaithandlifestyleshowntotheworldwillbetheyouthoftheSeventhdayAdventistChurch.
Conclusion
Youngpeople,letmechallengeyoutogobeyondthetypicalexpectationsofyouth.InyourwalkwithChrist,
genuinelyfocusonthesingulargoalofthegloryofGod.Don'tturnawayfromGod'sWordandturnbacktothe
allurementsoftheworld.SpendserioustimeindailyprayerandBiblestudyaskingtheLordforaspecial
outpouringofHisHolySpirit.HumblyasktheLordforarevivalofspiritualfervorandareformationof
anythinginyourlifethatisnotinharmonywiththecommandsofScriptureandthecounselsoftheSpiritof
Prophecy.
Andbeyondjustpersonalrenewal,commityourselftopersonaleffort,individualinvolvementthatwillhelp
yourchurchfamilyfinishtheworkthatGodhasentrustedtoit.Godiscallingforanarmyofyouthwhodaily
committhemselvestoHisworkingintheirlifeandtheirworkinginHisbody,theSeventhdayAdventist
Church.
WhenweeachallowtheHolySpirittochangeusintothelikenessofJesuswewillautomaticallybegindoing
theworkthatJesushascommandedofus.InthiswaythecharacterofChristwillbeseeninwhatwedo,not
merelyinwhatwedon'tdo.Mrs.WhitedescribestheresultofsucharevivalinChrist'sObjectLessonsp.69
(source:SummarizedsermonbyPastorTedWilson)