Thursday, April 1, 2010

daily text 4/1

(sorry for the delay, I'll be backdating yesterday's text and the final Memorial Bible reading)

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
"What prevents me from getting baptized?" (Acts 8:36)

When we dedicate ourselves to God, we voluntarily agree to do God's will, not follow our own inclinations. If you are currently studying the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses, sharing in preaching the good news, and attending Christian meetings, you are to be commended. We hope that soon you will feel moved to dedicate yourself to Jehovah and ask the question above that the Ethiopian asked Philip. Your relationship with God will then be like that of those Christians to whom Paul wrote: "You do not belong to yourselves, for you were bought with a price." (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20) Whether our hope is heavenly or earthly, if we have dedicated ourselves to Jehovah, he is our Owner. How important, then, to suppress selfish desires and "stop becoming slaves of men"! (1 Corinthians 7:23) What a privilege it is to be a loyal servant for Jehovah to use as he pleases!
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 5:9, 10)