Monday, December 7, 2009

daily text 12/07

Monday, December 7th, 2009
"I do all things for the sake of the good news."

(1 Corinthians 9:23)

For true Christians, doing God’s will is a lifelong endeavor. It usually begins with such basic steps as enrolling in the Theocratic Ministry School, reading the Bible daily, sharing in the preaching work, and advancing to baptism. As progress is made, we bear in mind the apostle Paul’s words: “Ponder over these things; be absorbed in them, that your advancement may be manifest to all persons.” (1 Timothy 4:15) Such advancement is not self-promotion but a reflection of our determination to do God’s will unselfishly. Taking such a course shows that we allow God to guide our steps in all matters of life, and he does so infinitely better than we could ever do. (Psalm 32:8) Hesitation or too much self-concern, however, can be an impediment to our making progress in our service to God. (Ecclesiastes 11:4) Thus, before we can find true joy in serving God and others, we may first have to overcome our own fears.
(Watchtower issue: 10/1/07, 2:2-4)

*The part about, "hesitation or too much self-concern...can be an impediment to our making progress" is a good point to remind someone who has the tendency to be a perfectionist...especially if that tendency is preventing them from taking steps towards baptism. Sometimes people think they have to 'master' Christian qualities, or have an excessive amount of Biblical knowledge prior to getting baptized,...not realizing that baptism is just the beginning rather than the final step in our 'growth' as Christians.
Or to illustrate it another way, (in secular/educational terms)...when it comes to theocratic advancement, a person's dedication & baptism would be more comparable to *enrollment day* -vs- *graduation day*