Monday, January 25, 2010

daily text 1/25

Monday, January 25th, 2010
"Honor Jehovah with your valuable things." (Proverbs 3:9)

As Christians, we all possess valuable things of one kind or another. They might include a measure of health and strength, inborn mental abilities, or financial resources. Because we love Jehovah, we are happy to use those things in his service and thus respond to the inspired exhortation above. On the other hand, the Bible also speaks of valueless things and warns against wasting our resources in pursuit of them. Proverbs 12:11 says: “The one cultivating his ground will himself be satisfied with bread, but the one pursuing valueless things is in want of heart.” If a man spends his time and energy working hard to support his family, he stands a good chance of achieving relative security. (1 Timothy 5:8) If, however, he wastes his resources pursuing valueless things, he demonstrates “want of heart,” a lack of balanced judgment and good motivation. Very likely, such a man will find himself in need.
(Watchtower issue: 04/15/08, 1:1, 2)