Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
"The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things." (1 Timothy 6:10)
In Jesus’ illustration of the sower, some who heard the word are described as allowing “the anxieties of this system of things and the deceptive power of riches” to make inroads and choke the word. (Mark 4:14-20) How can they avoid this? The apostle Paul answers: “Let your manner of life be free of the love of money, while you are content with the present things. For he has said: ‘I will by no means leave you nor by any means forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5) Even though some who respond to the word have a good heart condition and bear fruit, what they are able to do in proclaiming the good news varies according to their circumstances. For example, advanced age or enfeebling illness may limit the share that some have in the preaching work. (Compare Mark 12:43, 44.) The sower may have little or no control over this, but he rejoices when he sees that Jehovah has made it grow.—Psalm 126:5, 6.
(Watchtower issue: 7/15/08, 3:11, 12)