And remember that those who know the truth for this time and yet confine their efforts to their own churches, refusing to work for their unconverted neighbors, will be called to account for unfulfilled duties. – {Testimonies to the Church, vol 9 p 34.3}

This strikes a chord with me. I see a lot of effort being confined solely within the context of believers. I’ve done a lot of that myself. Yet it’s an unbalanced ministry. The messages that we have of who God is, the realities of sin, and the imminent return of Christ to end the world need to be shared with those that don’t know.

It’s much easier to talk with believers, and to try to improve the spiritual lives within the church. There’s plenty of work to do there, I know. I feel it. But Christ said:

Mark 2:17 – When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

This is what Christ died for. It’s not as easy to do things this way, but it’s imperative.