Thursday, July 9th, 2009
"How difficult a thing it will be for those with money to enter into the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10:23)
Jesus recommended a simple way of life to his followers in order for them to concentrate on making disciples. (Matthew 6:22-24, 33) Why does a spirit of self-sacrifice help us to make disciples? Teaching all the things Jesus commanded requires much effort. A disciple-maker generally strives to conduct a Bible study with an interested person every week. To increase their opportunities of finding sincere ones, some Kingdom proclaimers have changed from full-time to part-time employment. Thousands of Christians have learned another language in order to reach certain ethnic groups in their area. Other disciple-makers have left home and moved to another area or country to share more fully in the harvest. (Matthew 9:37, 38) All of this calls for a self-sacrificing spirit.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/07, 1:10, 11)
*Language update: that article in the griffin from 2006 said we were printing in 413 languages...well as of 2009 its over 450 now. And that chart that showed the number of languages that the Bible has been translated to (either whole or in part) as of 1995 -was 2123, and now its over 2400.
*All of the reports and real-life experiences of our brothers and sisters around the world are so encouraging in regards to what can be accomplished with Jehovah's help. Hearing about what they've gone through and the progress being made in other lands, gives such strong evidence that no matter what our circumstances are in life - be it -persecution, political or economic instability, financial loss, natural disasters, health problems, family issues, emotional baggage, etc ...there's no situation too insurmountable for Jehovah to help us get through. -If we truly rely on him for support and guidance we can confidently face ANY challenge or obstacle that presents itself or stands in the way of our goals. (I think I might need to start pulling double duty because there are so many more great stories to post!)