As I write I am travelling by plane between Brisbane and Sydney. I have been attending the governing council of our Pacific Adventist University. An important item on the agenda was master planning for the future growth of the university. It’s indeed a challenging task. None of us can read the future.
But because our God knows the future we can pray and dream and plan with confidence in Him to see us through. That’s how it must be with everything we do as a church family.
While we wait for the coming of Christ, He has called us to be wise and careful stewards of everything He has entrusted to our care.
While we wait for the coming of Christ, He has called us to be wise and careful stewards of everything He has entrusted to our care. This includes the way in which we manage the affairs of our local churches, our schools, our campgrounds, our health facilities, our office facilities and our residential facilities. Do not be content with second best. Excellence in everything brings glory to God and is consistent with the highest principles of His kingdom. I encourage every individual, every entity, to cast an analytical eye over that for which you are responsible . . . and we all are responsible for something in our Church.
If we are Seventh-day Adventists, we are responsible. Don’t be content with ad hoc or status quo. Let’s raise the bar together. Our worship of God and His commission to us deserve nothing less.
Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.