Sunday, July 19th 2009
"You will be witnesses of me." (Acts 1:8)
The willing support given to anointed Christians by their companions of the other sheep was foretold by the prophet Isaiah. He wrote: “This is what Jehovah has said: ‘The unpaid laborers of Egypt and the merchants of Ethiopia and the Sabeans, tall men, will themselves come over even to you, and yours they will become. Behind you they will walk.’” (Isaiah 45:14) In a symbolic way, Christians with an earthly hope today walk behind the anointed slave class and its Governing Body, following their leadership. As “unpaid laborers,” the other sheep willingly and wholeheartedly expend their strength and their resources in support of the worldwide preaching work that Christ assigned to his anointed followers on earth. (Revelation 12:17) As they lend their support to their anointed brothers, members of the great crowd are being trained as the foundation of the new human society that will exist after Armageddon.
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 5:6, 7)
*and this is the very LEAST we can do, considering all the sacrifices our anointed brothers & sisters and the Governing Body has made for us. They've not only organized and spearheaded the preaching work, while loyally facing and overcoming challenges and persecution of all sorts, but they've literally given up everything they have in order to keep us spiritually fed all these years. Back in the early days, one brother who was a member of the Governing Body devoted so much of his own personal savings to expand the ministry work, that he had only $14.00 left in his bank account at the time of his death. (I can't remember off the top of my head, but I think it was Br Russell or Br Rutherford) but thats what so many of them have done in harmony with what Jesus instructed Peter to do for his followers at John 21:15-17..."Feed my sheep"