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Elder Narkisho 20160711_090305

FIRST ELDER: WAYOGAH NARKISHO

BEING TRUE TO DUTY FOR THE SAKE OF THE SOULS

 The greatest want of the world is the want of men--men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. {Ed 57}

And all who accept this principle are to be workers together with Him in demonstrating it in practical life. To choose the right because it is right; to stand for truth at the cost of suffering and sacrifice--"this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord." {Isaiah 54:17}

   All connected with the church should be ‘men and women’ who have the fear of God before them, and his love in their hearts. They should make their religion attractive to the every soul that comes within the sphere of their influence. The professors and teachers should constantly feel their dependence upon God. Their work is in this world, but the Source of wisdom and knowledge from which they must continually draw, is above. Self must not obtain the mastery. The Spirit of God must control, we must walk humbly with God, and we should feel this responsibility, which is not less than that of the minister.  A sacred influence should go forth from our Church to meet the moral darkness existing everywhere.  Matt 28:19

    For this reason; we should educate the youth to help the youth; and as they seek to do this, they will gain an experience that will qualify them to become consecrated workers in a larger sphere. Thousands of hearts can be reached in the most simple, humble way. The most intellectual, those who are looked upon and praised as the world's most gifted men and women, are often refreshed by the simple words that flow from the heart of one who loves God. . . . The true, honest words of a son or daughter of God, spoken in natural simplicity, will open the door to hearts that have long been locked.

     We need individually to open our hearts to the love of God, to overcome selfishness and harshness, and to let Jesus in to take possession of the soul. Ministers will do well to remember that with all our advantages of age, education, and experience, we are not yet a perfect overcomers; we err and make many failures. As Christ deals with us, we should endeavor to deal with the others under our care, who have had fewer advantages, and less favorable surroundings than us. Christ has borne with the erring through all their manifest perversity and rebellion. His love for the sinner does not grow cold, his efforts do not cease, and he does not give him up to the buffeting of Satan. He has stood with open arms to welcome again the erring, the rebellious, and even the apostate. And this I MUST say, is what is required of every one of us. By precept and example, we should represent Christ in all the spheres of life. {Matt 5:14} 

 As ministers, we must bear patiently with the ignorance of everyone. With sensitive, nervous students we must deal tenderly and very kindly, remembering that we are hereafter to meet our students before the judgment seat of Christ. A sense of their own imperfections should constantly lead ministers to cherish feelings of tender sympathy and forbearance for those who are struggling with the same difficulties. We should and must help, not by overlooking their defects, but by faithfully correcting wrong in such a manner that the one reproved shall be bound still closer to the teacher's heart.  2Tim 2:24-26, Gal 6:1

     God has linked old and young together by the law of mutual dependence. Every minister should feel an unselfish interest for the lambs of the flock, as Christ has given us an example in his life {1John 2:6 Eph 5:1,2}. There is too little pitying tenderness, and too much of the unbending dignity of the stern judge. Exact and impartial justice should be given to all, for the religion of Christ demands this; but it should ever be remembered that firmness and justice have a sister which is MERCY. To stand aloof from the perishing souls, to treat them indifferently, to be unapproachable, harsh, and censorious, is contrary to the spirit of Christ.    

    This, is a true saying to me: “To maintain proper discipline among the young, and yet exercise pitying love and tenderness for the souls of those under his care, the shepherd/minister needs a constant supply of the wisdom and grace of God. Order must be maintained. Those who love souls, the purchase of the blood of Christ, should do their utmost to save the erring IN TRUTH”.

     One thing do I believe: that youth/ Students, more so in learning setups should ever be diligent, but they ought not to crowd their minds so as to become intellectual giants, this alone, only leads to an intelligent sinner. They should not be so pressed with studies as to neglect the culture of the manners; and above all, they should let nothing interfere with their seasons of prayer, which bring them in connection with Jesus Christ, the best teacher the world has ever known. In no case should they deprive themselves of religious privileges. Many students have made their studies the first great object, and have neglected prayer, and absented themselves from the Sabbath-school and the prayer-meeting; and from neglect of religious duties they have returned to their homes backslidden from God. A most important part of their education has been neglected. That which lies at the foundation of all true knowledge should not have been made a secondary consideration. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." [Psalm 111:10.] "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." [Matthew 6:33.] This must not be made last, but first.   

 It MUST also be remembered that the young in learning institutions are forming habits which will, in nine cases out of ten, decide their future. The influence of the company they keep, the associations they form, and the principles they adopt, will be carried with them through life.

 It is indeed a terrible fact, and one which should make the hearts of parents tremble, that the colleges to which the youth of our day are sent for the cultivation of the mind, endanger their morals. As innocent youth, when placed with hardened criminals, learn lessons of crime they never before dreamed of, so pure-minded young people, through association with college companions of corrupt habits, lose their purity of character, and become vicious and debased. Parents should awake to their responsibilities. God-fearing parents will be more concerned in regard to the characters their children bring home with them from college, than in regard to the success and advancement made in their studies.

     To my fellow ministers, we must not only be acquainted with the theory of the truth, but must have an experimental knowledge of the way of holiness. Knowledge {of the truth} is a power when united with true piety. And that is what Christ requires of every one of us more so in these last days, most important for the sealing work that is here with us. How shall we stand?

                                                  fellow-servant;

                                        elder. wayogah  narkisho.