Sunday, November 15th, 2009
"Preach the word, be at it urgently in favorable season, in troublesome season, reprove, reprimand, exhort, with all long-suffering and art of teaching."
(2 Timothy 4:2)
With each passing day, the urgency of our commission to preach and make disciples becomes more pressing. Thousands of rightly disposed ones respond to our preaching every year. Yet, “the great day of Jehovah is near,” meaning that those who remain in spiritual darkness are “staggering to the slaughter.” (Zephaniah 1:14; Proverbs 24:11) We can still help such people. But for us to do so, it is vital that we imitate the first-century Christians, who “continued without letup teaching and declaring the good news about the Christ, Jesus.” (Acts 5:42) Follow their example by persevering despite adversity, by paying attention to your “art of teaching,” and by preaching to all without partiality! Thus we shall reap the bounteous blessings of divine approval.—Galatians 6:9.
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 3:19, 20)
*If 800 people on average are getting baptized every day, and requests keep being submitted via mail and the web for Bible studies, it's obvious that sheep-like ones are out there and need to be found. Plus, I don't know about you, but I'm really starting to understand what Jesus must have felt at
(Matthew 9:36-38): "On seeing the crowds he felt pity for them, because they were skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples: “Yes, the harvest is great, but the workers are few. Therefore, beg the Master of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest."
It's becoming so apparent how many people (especially young teenagers), are out there, who've never been taught even the most basic truths about God or the Bible. And as a result, they haven't been given a reliable source to look up to for spiritual guidance in their lives,...so they end up turning to their friends, or the internet & the entertainment industry as 'a moral compass' to base their decisions on.
And obviously the media or your peers aren't going to be the best source for teaching a person right from wrong. It's like how Jehovah described the lack of knowledge in regards to the people of Nineveh: "...Ought I not to feel sorry for Nin′e·veh the great city, in which there exist...men who do not at all know the difference between their right hand and their left?"