Monday, October 12th, 2009
"[Keep] an eye, not in personal interest upon just your own matters, but also in personal interest upon those of the others." (Philippians 2:4)
Whether we are now being persecuted or not, we should be concerned about fellow Christians. We carry on our work cautiously and refuse to betray our brothers by divulging their names or other information to persecutors. Keeping an eye on the interests of others takes various forms. Some Christians have needs, and we may be able to fill those needs. (Ephesians 4:28; James 2:14-17) In the first-century congregation at Joppa, there was a generous woman named Dorcas. Dorcas “abounded in good deeds and gifts of mercy” that evidently included the making of garments for needy widows. Her death in 36 C.E. caused much sadness among the widows. God used the apostle Peter to resurrect Dorcas. (Acts 9:36-42) How glad we are to have such unselfish Christian women among us today!
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 2:18, 19)