Today’s Manna

Daily Reading for Friday, October 31, 2014
Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1
"This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work."
Meditation:
"The success of this cause does not depend upon our having a large number of ministers, but it is of the highest importance that those who do labor in connection with the cause of God should be men who really feel the burden and sacredness of the work to which He has called them. A few selfsacrificing godly men, small in their own estimation, can do a greater amount of good than a much larger number if a part of these are unqualified for the work, yet selfconfident and boastful of their own talents."1

"Not all who feel that they have been called to preach should be encouraged to throw themselves and their families at once upon the church for continuous financial support. . . . Young men who desire to exercise their gifts in the work of the ministry, will find a helpful lesson in the example of Paul at Thessalonica, Corinth, Ephesus, and other places. Although an eloquent speaker, and chosen by God to do a special work, he was never above labor, nor did he ever weary of sacrificing for the cause he loved."2

Reference(s):
1 Testimonies, vol. 1, pp. 442, 443.
2 An Appeal for Self-supporting Laborers to Enter Unworked Fields, p. 30.