Essay by a member of the Young Peoples’ Society, Redlands, Calif.
Once again we meet as a Young People’s Society. We have had a long vacation and we should be eager to begin another season. The purpose of a vacation is that by taking a rest, our meetings should be that much more lively and interesting. It should prepare the members for renewed activity and stimulate a genuine interest in the Society.
God commands us in His law to remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. What could be a better way of hallowing the Sabbath Day than meeting together on Sunday afternoon to study God’s Word?
This Society has a motto “Search the Scriptures”. The Word of God is like a deep mine. The precious truths of God’s Word are not all lying on the surface, but they must be sought after. “Seek and ye shall find”.
God also commands us to study His Word. We read, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” and “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” and “Study to show thyself approved, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth”. The command is there and we must obey it. A true child of God will by God’s grace be eager to know more about God and His Word. If we truly seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, we shall surely find it. For this has God promised in His Word. Let us learn to sing from our hearts, “To live apart from God is death, ‘Tis good His face to seek: My refuge is the living God; His praise I long to speak”.
We do not know how long we will be privileged to meet as a Young People’s Society. For we know that the day is soon coming when all the church of Jesus Christ shall suffer persecution. But the Bible tells us not to fear, for Christ will deliver us. Timothy tells us that evil men and seducers shall become worse and worse, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them”.
Let us then meet as a Young People’s Society with this in mind, to preach the Scripture. It is our duty, but also our privilege as children of the covenant. If we all meet from week to week with this in mind, to learn more about God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent, then we will have no problems. Everyone will be present as much as possible, everyone will conduct himself in an orderly fashion, all will be interested in Bible discussion and members will at all times be prepared to give a number on the program when required. Such a society would be to our edification and to the glory of God.