Saturday, August 22, 2009

daily text 08/22

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
"Broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction."(Matthew 7:13)


Jesus taught that most of mankind are traveling along the broad road that leads to destruction. Some have made a deliberate choice to reject what the Bible teaches, but many others are there because they have been deceived, or kept in the dark, as to what Jehovah really requires of them. Jesus said that his disciples would preach the good news of the Kingdom and make disciples. (Matthew 28:19, 20) True Christians, therefore, have always considered participation in the preaching work to be a matter of loyalty to God and a fundamental requirement of their faith. Hence, Jesus’ early followers persevered even in the face of opposition. They relied upon Jehovah for strength, praying that he would enable them to continue “speaking [his] word with all boldness.” In response, Jehovah filled them with holy spirit, and they boldly spoke the word of God.—Acts 4:18, 29, 31.
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 1:7, 8)

*even though not everyone responds to the preaching work, we can fortify our own resolve to keep going when we reflect on WHY it's so important. It also helps to remember why a person might be stand-offish, or unwilling to listen at first. -If a person has been taken advantage of, by unscrupulous individuals in the past, they will naturally have a greater tendency to be suspicious and distrusting of anothers motives, and who could blame them? Which is why showing them from the Bible THE REASON we engage in the ministry is so important. It's not just a matter of 'duty' because we're commanded to, but it's because Jehovah and Jesus consider every single human life so precious, that they don't want to lose even one! Jesus himself stated that was the reason he was sent:
"For the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost." (Luke 19:10)
In order to SEEK something, we have to go out and look for it...which is exactly what we're doing when we participate in the ministry. The parables Jesus gave about the one lost sheep and the one lost drachma coin, at Luke 15:4-10, really drives the point home. Think of the deliberate effort involved (in verse 8), where the woman lights a lamp and carefully sweeps her house to find that one missing coin. A small coin could easily get buried among larger objects and could be just about anywhere in the house...so if she really wanted to find it, she would need to really look hard for it. But it's worth every bit of effort, because look at the end result: "Thus, I tell you, joy arises among the angels of God over one sinner that repents." (Luke 15:10)