Thursday, November 19th, 2009
"Quit being fashioned after this system of things." (Romans 12:2)
On one occasion when Jesus was speaking to the crowd, a man interrupted the discussion with a request: “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” In response, Jesus provided the man—and all those listening—with some serious counsel. He sounded a strong warning against covetousness and reinforced that warning with a thought-provoking illustration. We do well to take heed of what Jesus said on that occasion and see how we can benefit by applying it in our own life. (Luke 12:13-21) Prior to the man’s interruption, Jesus was speaking to his disciples and others about being on guard against hypocrisy, about having the courage to confess union with the Son of man, and about receiving help from the holy spirit. (Luke 12:1-12) In the midst of such a soul-searching discourse, however, the man abruptly cut in and asked Jesus to arbitrate in a squabble over material possessions.
(Watchtower issue: 8/1/07, 1:2-4)
*Even though Jesus was aware of the fact that he was teaching imperfect men, with imperfect thinking, that still must have bothered him so much to see how callous and one-track minded some humans can be by demonstrating such a 'me-first' attitude, -only thinking in terms of what benefits or effects them personally, while showing no concern for the interests of others, or the more important issues in life...especially considering what he was willing to go through and sacrifice on behalf of mankind.