Tuesday, September 1, 2009

daily text 09/01

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
"If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake and continually follow me." (Matthew 16:24)

On one occasion, the apostle Peter told Jesus: “Look! We have left all things and followed you.” (Matthew 19:27) Peter, Andrew, James, and John quickly abandoned their nets when invited to follow Jesus. They left behind the fishing business and made the ministry their vocation. According to Luke’s Gospel account, Peter said: “Look! We have left our own things and followed you.” (Luke 18:28) Most of us did not have to leave all “our own things” behind so as to follow Jesus. However, we did have to ‘disown ourselves’ to become followers of Christ and wholehearted servants of Jehovah. Such a course has resulted in rich blessings. (Matthew 19:29) Having an evangelizing spirit in imitation of Christ brings joy to our heart, especially if we have had even a small part in helping someone to draw close to God and his beloved Son.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 4:4)