Friday, June 26th, 2009
"Jesus looked upon him and felt love for him." (Mark 10:21)
Jesus cared so much about people that he gave up needed rest in order to teach them. (Mark 6:30-34) Such deep and loving concern for fellow humans made Jesus more effective than anyone else in drawing individuals to true worship. The apostle Paul too was deeply concerned about people to whom he preached. For instance, he told those who had become Christians in Thessalonica: "Having a tender affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not only the good news of God, but also our own souls, because you became beloved to us." As a result of Paul's loving efforts, some in Thessalonica 'turned away from their idols to slave for the living God.' (1 Thessalonians 1:9; 2:8) If we have genuine concern for people, as Jesus and Paul did, we too may experience the joy of seeing the good news reach the hearts of those "rightly disposed for everlasting life." -Acts 13:48.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/07, 1:8, 9)
*what kills me so much about this (in regards to Jesus and Paul) was how quickly the crowd could turn on them right after they had just got done benefitting so much from their love and help, and praising them for the wonderful work they were doing just moments before. I see so many parallels between our modern-day traveling overseers and the Governing Body, etc. with the way some people just lash out abuse upon abuse at these hard-workers, who day after day, year after year, have been tirelessly carrying on the ministry and providing spiritual food for everyone. They do it whole-heartedly ...without pay, without any kind of distinguished prominence or noteworthy popularity, and never asking anything back in return. Yet its still not good enough for some people. Sometimes the critism is from the very ones who have benefited from the work they do but don't appreciate it! I just can't fathom the cruelty and hatred directed at such good-hearted, willing-spirited brothers & sisters, who like Jesus and Paul, literally invest all their time, money and energy into the ministry in order to help others. If I was a politically-minded person, thats the ONLY kind of candidate I'd want to see in a position of authority...someone so busy 'out in the field' helping others and getting things done, that they wouldn't even have the time or the funds to run for office! =)