Thursday, July 16th, 2009
"That which issues forth out of a man is what defiles a man." (Mark 7:20)
Present-day missionaries and some Christians who move to places where the need for Kingdom preachers is greater may have to become accustomed to conditions below the living standard they have been used to. But we cannot even imagine the contrast between Jesus’ circumstances on earth and those in heaven. How different it was to be among sinful humans in a corrupt world! (Mark 7:21-23) Jesus even had to deal with rivalry among his closest disciples. (Luke 20:46; 22:24) Of course, he dealt perfectly with everything he encountered on earth. Jesus did not miraculously start to speak a human language; he began to learn it as a babe. Jesus used at least one of “the tongues of men.” It was completely different from ‘the tongues of angels.’
(1 Corinthians 13:1) When it came to winsome words, however, no human ever spoke as Jesus did.—Luke 4:22.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 3:4, 5)
*being raised in America can really spoil us when it comes to daily comforts -especially if you've never had the opportunity to venture to another country and see the standard of living in other places. But on a positive note, its really amazing how people learn to adapt to their environment and find unconventional ways to make up for daily conveniences that might be lacking in the particular area they live in. Hands down, the biggest 'plus' is the love, affection, and hospitality that other cultures tend to shower on each other which can be such a contrast from the emotional 'coldness' that tends to accompany a modern, high-tech society.