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My Jesus, My King, My Life, My All

Lyndi Schwartz
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Lyndi Schwartz

Physician practicing in Kettering, Ohio

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  • November 1, 2014
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06:46 As we get started I would like to request if anyone in the room has had ministerial training I'd like you to stand. O.K. O.K. I want you to look around the room to see those who have stood for ministerial training. The next thing is if you are a minister or a pastor or an evangelist or a Bible worker, please sit. So those that are standing are not pastors, evangelists, or Bible workers. All right you may sit. The next thing is how many of you would like Jesus to come very soon? Raise your hands. O.K. Praise the Lord. Let's pray. Father in heaven, You’ve seen the hands of those who have raised them desiring Your soon return. As we approach this message today we ask the outpouring of Your holy spirit on each one of us. We know that Your holy spirit is already here because Your word has said where two or three are gathered together [in Your name] there You are in the midst of them. Open our hearts to receive the word that You have for us today for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

 

08:20 First of all my title is My Jesus, My King, My Life, My All. On August 8, 1934 the US Army Air Corp tendered a proposal for a multi-engine bomber to replace the Martin B-10. The Air Corp was looking for a bomber capable of reinforcing the Air Force in Hawaii, Panama and Alaska. The requirements were quite specific and fairly huge. That particular bomber had to be able to carry a useful bomb load at an altitude of 10,000 ft. for ten hours with a top speed of at least 200 mph. It was desired but not required to have a range of about 2,000 miles. The competition for the Air Corp contract would be decided by a fly-off between Boeing's design the B-299, the Martin model, and a Douglas at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. Specifically Dayton, Ohio has some value. I see my children here. Ohio has value for something. This was not in California. It was in Ohio. The prototype B-17 designated Model 299 was a very cool plane. From this distance I can't read the dimensions but the wingspan was huge. Its armament consisted of up to 4,800 lbs of bombs on two racks in the bomb bay behind the cockpit. The aircraft was powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-1690 Hornet radial engines, each producing 750 hp (600 kW) at 7,000 ft (2,100m) —that was five times as many bombs. It could fly faster. Fly twice as far and set flight distance records of greater than 3,000 miles. There’s another view of this plane. If you noticed in the beginning there were 3 planes, 2 of the planes, the Martin and the Douglas had 2 engines but the Boeing had 4 engines. Clearly, the Boeing was going to have a significant advantage. Richard Williams, reporter for the Seattle Times, coined the name ‘The Flying Fortress’ when the Model 299 was rolled out bristling with multiple machine guns. The most unique gun placement was the nose installation. By the way, I had such an incredible privilege of touring this aircraft in Dayton, Ohio this summer. Boeing held onto the name The Flying Fortress and had it trademarked for this aircraft. It was the first combat aircraft that could continue its mission if one of its four engines failed for any reason. The Army Air Corp was ready to buy 65 of this model Boeing aircraft. On October 30, 1935 the day of the fly-off the captain of this aircraft was Maj. Ployer Peter Hill. It turned out that Maj. Ployer Peter Hill was the most incredible pilot in aviation at that time. This man was talented. In addition to Maj. Ployer Peter Hill there were four other crew on this aircraft. The plane taxied down the runway—I shouldn’t have showed you that picture yet—the plane taxied onto the runway, roared off the tarmac, lifted off smoothly and climbed quickly to 300 ft. It stalled, turned on one wing and crashed in a fiery explosion killing Maj. Ployer Peter Hill and one other crew member. This was a major catastrophe. What went wrong? There was no mechanical failure. There was no pilot error. This aircraft was substantially more complex. It had 4 engines, retractable landing gear, new wing flaps, electric trim tabs, constant speed propeller whose pitch had to be regulated constantly. Maj. Ployer Peter Hill got this all right; however, prior to takeoff there was a new stabilizer on the rudder controls and a crew member forgot to disengage this particular stabilizer. The next day the newspaper report said that it was “too much plane for one man to fly.” The Army bought smaller, easier to operate planes and Boeing almost went bankrupt. And I say almost because importantly Boeing instituted some course corrections. Those course corrections were so efficient that that B-299 became the B-17 bomber. It became the most significant weapon of WW II for the US Army Air Forces. It was involved in strategic bombing campaigns in World War II against German targets dropping more bombs than any aircraft in WW II. It was noted for its ability to absorb better damage. It could be cut and slashed and still reach its target bringing its crew home safely. In fact, it was reported that one such bomber suffered such incredible damage that it had been reported shot down but indeed the plane survived and brought its crew home without injury. For many reasons the B-17 Flying Fortress became an icon of American power and the symbol of the Air Force. The reason for this? course corrections.

 

16:00 I want us this morning to open our Bibles. We’re going to look at 3 passages of Scripture. The first is in Numbers 14. Although we are going to review Numbers 13, the text we will focus on is Numbers 14:20, 21. Although the background to the story, I think is significant, Israel had been at Mt. Horeb and God said it's time now to leave Mt. Horeb and enter into Canaan, the Promised Land. It was suppose to be, the Bible says in Deuteronomy 1, eleven short days for them to make this journey. However, they decided that they needed a study to see if it were possible for them to actually go into the Promised Land. As we recall, they sent out twelve spies to spy out the land of Canaan. When the twelve spies returned—I want you to look at Numbers 13:27—I'll just comment on this: they began to relate to the people that indeed it was a land that truly flowed with milk and honey and that its fruit was sweet; nevertheless, they reported to the children of Israel that the people dwelling there were strong, the cities fortified, and more over, they saw the descendents of Anak, these were giants. Additionally, the Amalekites were on the south side. The Hittites, the Jebusites and the Amorites were in the mountains. And the Canaanites dwelt along the sea by the banks of the Jordan. Caleb spoke up and he attempted to quiet the people and this is what he said in verse 13 “let us go up at once and take possession for we are well able to overcome it.” He did not say let us go up and conquer. It was as if it had already been conquered, the mission had already been accomplished. Instead he said, let's go up and possess it. However, the other spies said in Numbers 13:31 we cannot go up against this people because they are stronger than we. We know in addition to the story in Deuteronomy 1 that the Lord said I am with you I will do this thing but the other ten spies said we can’t do it because they’re stronger than we are and they gave a bad report to the children of Israel. At that point, they told them that the land which they had gone to spy out devours its inhabitants and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants, the descendents of Anak and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight. At that point, Israel said let us just go back to Egypt we would rather die in the land of Egypt than die in this place. God was quite concerned in Numbers 14:11 “and the Lord said to Moses how long will these people reject Me? How long will they not believe Me? at that the Lord said to Moses I am going to destroy these people and I’m going to start over with you. Moses knowing God better than anybody on earth said You can't do that because the Egyptians are out there and the Egyptians will think poorly of You if You do this thing.

 

19:46 What's most remarkable is that in Numbers 14:19 Moses appears to have swayed God’s heart. “Pardon, I beseech Thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of Thy mercy, and as Thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”—in other words: You have forgiven them, continue to forgive them—“20And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word: 21But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.”—I want you to hang onto that text. Let’s go to Matthew 24. We have 3 texts that I want us to look at. As we get started in Matthew 24:14, this text is very, very familiar to Seventh-day Adventists. In fact, as Seventh-day Adventists we have staked our hope on this text. It says “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” The most important word in that text is not the fact that the outcome is going to happen but how it is going to happen: it is by the preaching of this gospel, not any gospel but this gospel. It is important, I believe, that we understand that it is not a matter of quantity. We can place satellites and be sure they are placed in every single dwelling place on earth and pipe in messages until everyone hears the message. But is that enough? the fact of the matter is, the Bible says, that this gospel, this particular gospel. A gospel that is powerful enough, complete enough to bring on the end; and in fact, the same gospel to save God’s reputation and to vindicate God. That this gospel—and we are going to look at what that is. The third text I want you to look at is in Revelation 18:1 “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven having great authority and the earth was illuminated with its glory.”—This text is speaking of a message. A message that is so powerful it illuminates, it lightens the earth with its glory, and this is the fourth angel that comes down from heaven with a loud voice to emphasize and highlight the message that was given by the other three angels prior. In fact, this message is so important that in the face of this message from Revelation 2 on, every false religion falls. This gospel, this message, is so powerful that every false religion falls in the light of this illuminating message. I want to read a quote that I carry in my Bible from Ellen White and this is from Christ’s Object Lessons p. 415 “It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is enshrouding the world. Men are losing their knowledge of His character. It has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. At this time a message from God is to be proclaimed, a message illuminating in its influence and saving in its power. His character is to be made known. Into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of His glory, the light of His goodness, mercy, and truth… The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.” [COL 29:415] Remember the text in Matthew 24 said “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Those three texts tell us that the mission that God has for this church is going to be wildly successful. The Seventh-day Adventist church was born out of prophecy. The Seventh-day Adventist church was born to be a prophetic movement. We were never born to be a denomination. We weren’t born to “occupy till He comes.” We act as if we are to occupy till He comes. However, we are a movement; a church that was born on the move with a prophetic voice, that’s what the Bible tells us. And what is a prophet? A prophet is one who is raised up from among God’s people with something unique to say. Think about John the Baptist, for example. John the Baptist had something unique to say. In fact, John the Baptist was dressed in a very peculiar fashion. You knew He was the prophet. Seventh-day Adventists have the same role. We were born as a prophetic movement. As you look back in our early history, Ellen White, J.N. Andrews, Joseph Bates, Uriah Smith—some of them teenagers— began to appreciate the calling of Seventh-day Adventists and they began to understand a system of truth. Multiple doctrines were coming in and they began to grab hold of these things. They began to understand, however, the cosmic nature of these things. The Great Controversy theme began to emerge and to develop in Seventh-day Adventism. A doctrinal system was evolving—I’ll use a different word—was increasing—never use the word evolve because we did not evolve from anything, nothing evolves—so a doctrinal system began to emerge. As the doctrinal system, that these pioneers were studying, began to emerge, Early Writings [EW 19:78] records two course setting visions that were given to our people as we began to move forward and to proclaim the message of the prophet. One of them was by William Miller. Another one was by Ellen White. In this particular vision I want to read a summary of what she said and I think it is significant for us to understand, I believe this dream that Ellen White had, the significance of this dream—as they were studying all these truths, the Lord wanted to keep them focused in a particular way and this is what she says, “I dreamed of seeing a temple to which many people were flocking.” [“Only those who took refuge in that temple would be saved when time should close. All who remained outside would be forever lost. The multitudes without, who were going their various ways, were deriding and ridiculing those who were entering the temple, and told them that this plan of safety was a cunning deception, that, in fact, there was no danger whatever to avoid. They even laid hold of some to prevent them from hastening within the walls. Fearing to be laughed at and ridiculed, I thought best to wait until the multitude were dispersed, or until I could enter unobserved by them. But the numbers increased instead of diminishing, and fearful of being too late, I hastily left my home and pressed through the crowd. In my anxiety to reach the temple I did not notice or care for the throng that surrounded me.”]

 

27:53 “On entering the building, I saw that the vast temple was supported by one immense pillar, and to this was tied a Lamb all mangled and bleeding. We who were present seemed to know that this Lamb had been torn and bruised on our account.” [EW 19:78]—So she says there’s a very strange building supported by one immense pillar. What does this mean? This immense pillar, to which a Lamb was tied all mangled and bleeding, represents the cross of Jesus Christ. That one immense pillar is the matchless love of God manifested in the sacrifice at the cross. This is Jesus saying to the advent movement at that time in a course setting vision, you're about to discover an immense system of truth but there is one central pillar that supports the entire edifice of truth; it’s Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is to remain central to our message, along with this quote Ellen White thinking back—now, this is a different time, August 1819, but she has stayed true to what she was called to do and this is that quote at this time from That I May Know Him, p. 208 [TMK July 21], she says “There is one great central truth to be kept ever before the mind in the searching of the Scriptures—Christ and Him crucified. Every other truth is invested with influence and power corresponding to its relation to this theme.”—Every single truth, including the sanctuary truth, the Sabbath, our health message, everything she says is invested with influence and power corresponding to its relation to this theme—“It is only in the light of the cross that we can discern the exalted character of the law of God. The soul palsied by sin can be endowed with life only through the work wrought out upon the cross by the Author of our salvation. The love of Christ constrains man to unite with Him in His labors and sacrifice. The revelation of divine love awakens in them a sense of their neglected obligation to be light bearers to the world, and inspires them with a missionary spirit.”—What inspires with a missionary spirit? It is only the uplifted Savior. That’s what inspires a missionary spirit. It is not done from a sense of obligation.—“This truth enlightens the mind and sanctifies the soul.”—which truth? Christ and Him crucified—“This truth enlightens the mind and sanctifies the soul.”—the cross of Jesus Christ—“It will banish unbelief and inspire faith… When Christ in His work of redemption is seen to be the great central truth of the system of truth, a new light is shed upon all the events of the past and the future. They are seen in a new relation, and possess a new and deeper significance.” [TMK July 21] She also says—“The truth for this time”—for what time? this time—“is broad in its outlines, far reaching, embracing many doctrines, but these doctrines are not detached items which mean little; they are united by golden threads, forming a complete whole, with Christ as the living center.” [TMK July 21, 202:208.4] I want to recap where we have been so far.

 

 

31:59 So far we have seen an amazing B-17 bomber that had every advantage over all other aircraft to be successful but because of one mistake there was a crash. Boeing almost went bankrupt but in wisdom it made significant course corrections and was important in winning WW II. We then looked at three texts at the beginning. Those three texts were in Numbers, Matthew 24 and Revelation. Those texts tell us that the mission of God is going to be widely successful. We looked at Israel. Israel had every advantage to enter Canaan but because of unbelief they failed to enter in. The Bible records Jesus’ words, God’s words specifically, you have rejected Me, you have not believed Me. In Christ’s Object Lessons [COL 29:415] we have been told that we need at this time “a message illuminating in its influence and saving in its power.” Seventh-day Adventists were raised up to deliver that message. We also know that Ellen White has some things to say to us because Seventh-day Adventists have in many respects repeated what Israel has done but we have opportunities at this time. I want to look at three quotes. Ellen White said “The time of test is just upon us for the Loud Cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning redeemer.”—I asked you at the beginning to raise your hand if you believe that the Lord should come soon [“Had the purpose of God been carried out by His people in giving to the world the message of mercy, Christ would, ere this, have come to the earth, and the saints would have received their welcome in to the city of God. I know that if the people of God had preserved a living connection with Him, if they had obeyed His Word, they would today be in the heavenly Canaan.” Ev 163:694]—“Had Adventists, after the Great Disappointment in 1844, held fast their faith and followed on unitedly in the opening providence of God, receiving the message of the third angel and in the power of the Holy Spirit proclaiming it to the world, they would have seen the salvation of God, the Lord would have wrought mightily with their efforts, the work would have been completed, and Christ would have come ere this to receive His people to their reward.” [“But in the period of doubt and uncertainty that followed the disappointment, many of the advent believers yielded their faith Thus the work was hindered, and the world was left in darkness. Had the whole Adventist body united upon the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, how widely different would have been our history!” Evangelism 163:695]—then she says—“It was not the will of God that the coming of Christ should be thus delayed.” [“God did not design that His people, Israel, should wander forty years in the wilderness. He promised to lead them directly to the land of Canaan, and establish them there a holy, healthy, happy people. But those, to whom it was first preached, went not in ‘because of unbelief.’ Their hearts were filled with murmuring, rebellion, and hatred and He could not fulfill His covenant with them.” Ev 163:696]—she also says this—[“By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord’s return. It is the privilege of every Christian, not only to look for, but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ev 163:696] “The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders [E.J.] Waggoner and [A.T.] Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world.” {LDE 14:200}—remember I said earlier Matthew 24:14 says “this gospel” not just any gospel, not just quantity but there’s a quality in the gospel. And she continues “This is the message”—the message of Christ's righteousness, the uplifted Saviour—“This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel’s message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His spirit in a large measure.” {LDE 14:200} When His spirit is poured in large measure what happens? The second coming comes on. [“For years the church has been looking to man, and expecting much from man, but not looking to Jesus, in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered. Therefore God gave to His servants a testimony that presented the truth as it is in Jesus, which is the third angel’s message, in clear, distinct lines.” Ev 48:191] One more quote, “The message of Christ's righteousness is to sound from one end of the earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God which closes the work of the third angel.” {LDE 14:200} At least two times in our history Ellen White has made statements that the Lord should have come before this. So the question is why are we discussing this particular topic at a medical dental healthcare workers’ meeting? If you look at this quote from 1888 material, page 1710, it says “The truth for this time, the third angel’s message, is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, meaning with increasing power, as we approach the great final test. This test must come to the churches in connection with true medical missionary work, a work that has the Great Physician to dictate and preside in all it comprehends. [Under the great Head we are to present God’s word requiring obedience to the system of Bible truth, which is a system of authority and power, convicting and converting the conscience. The demand of the Word to obedience is a life-and-death-question.” 10MR 59:314] —why are we talking about this? The right arm has to join with the proclamation of the third angel’s message.

 

37:30 I want to read just snatches of something that was written by Percy T. Magan. It was a memorial to the officers of the general conference written in 1932. He caught the vision of God's last day church making a worldwide demonstration of Christlike service, embracing both the body and the soul. When I read this, I was quite impressed. This is what Percy T. Magan says, “Our physicians are quite fond of citing us to certain expressions alleged to be found in the spirit of prophecy to the effect that the last work ever to be done on earth by Seventh-day Adventist will be our medical work however the intrinsic idea which Ellen G. White expressed seems to have been almost altogether lost sight of. The words spoken at the 1901 General Conference, the exact language is as follows”—and I quote now from what Ellen White says—“I wish to tell you that soon there will be no work done in ministerial lines but medical missionary work.” That was in the General Conference bulletin of 1901. Percy T. Magan goes on, “It must be very clear from this that the medical work to which we are called”—the medical work to which we are called—“is in its nature ministerial, spiritual, and soul saving”—at the beginning when I asked those with ministerial training to stand, every one of you should have stood up because “the medical work to which we are called is in its nature ministerial, spiritual and soul saving therefore it is most essential that the training in the medical school be of a ministerial and missionary nature. It must be spiritual as well as scientific.”—I will add to that and say this, not just a Bible class “it must be spiritual as well as scientific”—“the ultimate aim of our effort must be to equip and send forth into the harvest field an army of medical ministers of the Word of God. Our men go forth as good scientific doctors. A very large number of them go forth as Seventh-day Adventist Christian men and women but they are not trained to go forth blending the two ministries into one: the ministry of preaching of the kingdom and the ministry of the healing of the body. And how clearly did he teach the twelve disciples, as well as the seventy, that this unified gospel of cleansing soul and body must be the foundation stone of all their effort? If the College of Medical Evangelists”—now Loma Linda University—“is to fulfill its divine mission amongst the remnant people and for earth’s sin sick and diseased souls, it will be fundamentally necessary to train the students in gospel medical missionary work. From all of the above we conclude that the medical college owned and operated by the remnant church, if it is going to be true to its trust, must educate its students that their work is to be that of teaching the gospel equally with healing the sick.”

 

41:48 Percy begins to recount places where people have preached the gospel, healed the sick along the way and then he says this—I want you to grab hold of what I’m about to read. So I’m going to ask you to do something. I don’t have a slide for this. But this is solemn. Focus on what he says—“And yet, as the divine Master gazes upon the different throngs who in the ages that have come and gone have borne the message of the hour, each in his own appointed time and generation. Me thinks, I hear the divine Master say, ‘One thing thou lackest of ministerial bands there have been many who have nobly trod the hard and narrow way but mine eye beholdeth that not anywhere in times long day as much as one company, say that one which I did train for a pattern who have made it their role on earth to blend two ministries in one, even as I their master did and concerning which I commanded as ye go preach saying the kingdom of heaven is at hand heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, freely ye have received, freely give.”—when I read that my heart was touched and I was greatly moved. The Lord raised up the medical work not just to be physicians but also to be evangelists.

 

43:36 There’s a burning platform. Sometime ago in the North Sea of Scotland an oil rig platform exploded. One of the supervisors (Andy Mochan) was in his sleeping chamber when the explosion happened. He came out of his room and realized that the platform was engulfed in fire. He stood on the platform and he looked down into the waters below and the oil had caught fire on the water’s surface. The oil bubbled up and caught fire on the surface of the water. In addition to that, debris had spilled all over the face of the water. He was standing on this platform. He looked around to his right and there was a wall of fire. He looked behind and there was a wall of fire. He looked to his left and there was a wall of fire. He looked down and recognized that the water was so cold that if he jumped he would survive a maximum of 20 minutes if not rescued. He made the decision to jump 15 stories down into the frigid waters. When asked why he took that potentially fatal leap, he did not hesitate, he said, “It was either jump or fry.” He chose possible death over certain death. Andy jumped because he felt he had no choice—the price of staying on the platform was too high. [From Daryl Conner’s Blog: The Real Story of the Burning Platform]

 

45:34 The question is what is going to be our burning platform to get us to do something about this issue? “too much plane for one man to fly”—Adventism’s problem. The good news: this is the last church. This church is going forward. It is going nowhere but forward and God has promised us that he will take us forward. When Ellen White made her comment that the second coming was at hand, on numerous occasions, it was a small world back then. Now, the world is an awfully big place. I also believe that Seventh-day Adventists—and this might be a strong statement but at least it could wake us up—I believe that as Seventh-day Adventists we have lost our identity and our mission. We are to be a prophetic movement. We are not to occupy and be a denomination. I also believe that we have failed to pass along our identity and mission to our children, in a large degree. If you ask the average—not the people sitting here at GYC, but if you ask the average Seventh-day Adventist young person, can you please tell me about the sanctuary truth? you'll see their eyes glaze over and they will be like tabula rasa (a blank slate). We have also failed to accept the Lord’s diagnosis. One of the most difficult passages of Scripture  for Seventh-day Adventists to embrace is Revelation 3:17, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” We have a difficult time appreciating that. We are also preoccupied with lesser things. We need to think about what those lesser things could be. So “too much plane for one man to fly”—Adventism’s problem.  However Adventism has a solution to the problem. Accept the Lord’s remedy and the Bible in Revelation 3:18 goes over the remedy, “I counsel thee to buy of me gold”—the faith of Jesus Christ [“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”] the righteousness of Jesus Christ—the divine eyesalve that we may see things from His standpoint, see as He sees; a commitment to live and to preach the gospel.

 

47:47 I want to introduce you to Michael. Teach it to our children. This is an interesting story. I am the program director for the residency of internal medicine at Kettering Medical Center and as such I interview applicants. This is interview season. Two seasons ago, I was reviewing applications for the day and I came across one, Michael. He had gone to the academy in our town but he had gone to college at a secular institution and was coming from a secular institution for medical school. I thought to myself this is a little odd. He came into my office. He sat down and I said How did it come that you attended this academy in our town? Because you can’t ask are you an Adventist? He said I’m a Seventh-day Adventist—How did it happen then that you went to a secular undergraduate university?—Well, I got a Fulbright scholarship—How did it happen then that you went to this secular university for medical school?—Well, I looked around and I knew I wanted to get the best education I could so I went to this university—At that point I know for sure. Now the Holy Spirit said to me Lindy, put down your pen and just talk to this young man, honestly. So I said to him I am going to tell you something. You have two choices for residency: one is Kettering Medical Center, the other is Loma Linda University because you are a medical missionary. It is not just a job; you’re not just a doctor. You’re not here to make money. You’re here to be a medical missionary. The look on his face was quite hilarious. His eyes were as big as saucers. I continued Moreover, I want you to go home and read the first 100 pages of Ministry of Healing. He told me he had no such book—Well, you can buy this book. And I encouraged him to do so. He corresponded with me and he actually ranked as # 1. He is one of our residents. When he came to Kettering as a resident he came to my office and he said Do you know why I'm here at Kettering for residency? You were the nicest person I met on the interview trail. I said Praise the Lord! We need to let our children recognize that the greatest education on earth is Seventh-day Adventist education. I believe it firmly. Our children need to be in our schools. They have no clue what's going on in Seventh-day Adventism. The last thing is down here: The Physician- Dentist-Health Care-Workers’ Opportunity.  We have a calling at this point to join ourselves to our pastors in medical missionary work. This is our calling. I want to tell the story, to read you the story of a wonderful example of a medical missionary; probably one of the greatest examples that we know of today of a medical missionary David Livingstone. [The Life of David Livingstone as narrated by Ravi Zacharias]

 

51:24 David Livingstone was born in Blantyre, Scotland in 1813. He was born into a home where his father used to put him on his knees and read him stories of great missionary exploits, particularly that of Karl Gützlaff, the Dutch missionary who doubled up as a medical missionary too. Young David used to look into his father's eyes and say, “You know, daddy, one day I’ll be a man like that. I want to be a missionary. I want to be a doctor. I want to serve God.”

 

David Livingstone got to his knees one day and said this prayer, “Lord, send me anywhere only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever any ties, but the ties that bind me to your service and to your heart,” and the words of God came to him “Lo, I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.”

 

He packed his bags and went off to Africa. When he took one glimpse of Africa from a distance, he penned in his journal these words: “The haunting specter of the smoke of a thousand villages in the morning sun has burned within my heart.”

 

He married a woman of the famous Muffat Family—Mary was her name. Her father was a great missionary. They went to Africa. But David Livingston's life was that of an explorer and he would move from place to place and his only goal was Jesus in the hearts and lives of men and women—thousands of them. Finally his wife and his young family couldn’t keep up with him. Some of his children were dying out of sickness and disease so he said to his wife, “Mary, why don't you take them home, and I will see you shortly and spend some time with you. It's too dangerous for us to go on.”

 

So he sent his dear wife Mary back home and letters would take months to exchange, but some of the fondest letters of love and romance were sent between David and Mary and you know when he saw her the next time? Not five weeks. Not five months. Five years.

 

Five years later when he set eyes upon his wife, she could not recognize him because at one stage in his jungle travels going to preach he walked into a branch of a tree that had completely blinded him in one eye and marred the other. His face had been burned under the African sun to a crisp of leather and his skin, which had not been pigmented for it, had been roasted to the point that his body could not take it any longer. His face marred and scarred and his eye blinded and at one time he had been attacked by a lion that had torn one of his shoulders apart. He miraculously escaped.

 

Now she saw her husband hobbling in with a marred face and a disfigured physical countenance. Hours before he arrived, they had buried his father. David wept because he had longed to tell his dad firsthand of the stories his father had only told him thirdhand.

 

Biographical sketches tell us that when David Livingstone walked into any university in the British Isles, students and faculty would rise to a standing ovation because they knew they were standing in the presence of a giant of a man.

 

Finally, he went back to his wife one day and he said, “Mary, the haunting specter of the smoke of a thousand villages in the morning sun is still burning within my heart. We need to go back.”  She decided that he should go—she had to be with the children. She said, “When they are old enough I will join you again, David.” And he set off on his lonely journey to preach to the African people who were so much within his heart.

 

Finally after a long time, Mary joined him and the day she set foot on African soil, she contracted a disease they had so dreaded she would contract. The very day she set foot on Africa, she got the disease and a few days later, he was burying her.

 

Lowered into the soil of the African earth there, an eyewitness said David Livingstone knelt beside the grave, weeping his heart out, and they overheard him praying, “My Jesus, my king, my life, my all, I again consecrate my life to Thee. I shall place no value on anything I possess or in anything I may do except in relation to Thy kingdom and to Thy service.”

 

Through it all came the words of God to my heart, he said, “Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.”

 

He picked up his belongings and walked back to his hometown village of Ujiji. When he arrived and went to his little home there, he found that someone had played a cruel joke on him and had stolen his medication that he so needed because his body was racked with pain, untold pain. He walked in constant agony. And they said in one of the very few points in his life, he prayed for himself, he got on his knees and said, “God, You promised You would always be with me! I need that medication if I am to continue preaching the gospel!”

 

As he prayed, he heard steps, and as the story goes, he saw a pair of feet planted in front of him and his countenance lifted for the first time in a long while—he was looking into the face of a white man who didn’t live in Africa. He said, “Who are you, sir?” And the man replied, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume? (Those famous words) He said, “Yes, sir.”

 

“Mr. Livingstone, I’m a press reporter, I've been consigned to do a story on your life. I want you to know two things about me. Number one, I'm the biggest swaggering atheist on the face of this earth. Please don't try to convert me. Number two, somebody sent some medication for you.”

 

David said, “Give me the medication please.”

 

So Mr. Henry M. Stanley started to travel with David Livingstone. Four months later, the biggest swaggering atheist on the face of the earth knelt down on African soil and gave his life to Jesus Christ.

 

One of the best biographies you’ll ever read on David Livingstone—two volumes entitled “Livingstone of Africa” by Henry M. Stanley. Stanley said, “The power of that Christ life was awesome and I had to buckle in. I could not hold out any longer.”

 

Finally his body began to shrivel with high temperatures and pain (they used to carry him around from village to village on a stretcher). One day, preaching from a stretcher, literally trembling, he finally looked at two of his national brothers and said, “Please take me back home. I am very very ill. I'm very tired. I need some sleep.” They brought him back to his home and were about to spill him on to the bed when he said, “No, please help me on to my knees.”

 

Livingstone buckled down to his knees by the side of his bed and clasped his hands and started to pray. His prayers were so profound, his sanctuary was so unique that his African brothers felt it blasphemy to stay in his single union/communion with God and they stepped out of his little room.

 

Then somebody came running and said, “I need to see Mr. Livingstone for a moment.” They said, “Sshh! Quiet, please. He’s praying.” Five minutes went by, they looked in. He was still on his knees. Several minutes went by, they looked in. He was still on his knees. After a protracted period of time went by, they looked in. He was still on his knees.

 

One of them felt that the man was too tired to continue to pray. He needed to get some sleep. He walked over to him and one of them shook him by the shoulders and inquired, “Bwana? Bwana?”

 

Livingston fell over. He was dead.

 

He died exactly the way he had lived in the presence of his Lord.

 

He didn’t run from His voice. He didn’t wave a lamp that had no light in it. He didn’t sell a soul for some earthly pleasure. But the haunting specter of the smoke of a thousand villages had burned itself within his heart so that he could say, “My Jesus, my King, my Life, my All, I again consecrate myself to Thee. [The Life of David Livingstone as narrated by Ravi Zacharias]

 

59:59 In closing I would like us to sing a hymn of consecration: Take My Life and Let it Be. 1Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee; take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love; at the impulse of Thy love. 2Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee. Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King; always, only, for my King. 3Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee. Take my silver and my gold: not a mite would I withhold; not a mite would I withhold. 4Take my will, and make it Thine, it shall be no longer mine; take my heart, it is Thine own! It shall by Thy royal throne. It shall be Thy royal throne. 5Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store; take myself, and I will be, ever, only, all for Thee; ever, only, all for Thee.

 

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