Sunday, December 27th, 2009
"I do not speak of my own originality." (John 14:10)
When we compare Jesus’ instruction with that of the Jewish religious leaders, we clearly see the superiority of Jesus’ way of teaching. The scribes and Pharisees ‘made God’s word invalid because of their tradition.’ In contrast, what Jesus spoke was not of his own originality; he stuck to God’s word, or message. (Matthew 15:6) That is also what we need to do. Jesus practiced what he taught. For example, Jesus urged his disciples to “store up . . . treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6:19-21) Did Jesus himself live in accord with that admonition? Yes, for he lived simply. (Luke 9:58) He was primarily occupied with proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and he demonstrated what it meant to be free of the anxieties that come from storing up treasures on earth. Are you following Jesus’ admonition to store up treasures in heaven?
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 3:14-16)