Monday, August 16, 2010

daily text 8/16

Monday, August 16th, 2010
"Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you indecisive ones" (James 4:8)

We are living in the last days, and the end of the present system of things is imminent. Therefore, encourage inactive ones to attend Christian meetings. Urge them to start attending immediately. Point out that Satan is trying to destroy their relationship with God and make them think that relief from life's burdens can come by abandoning true worship. You can assure them that only by being Jesus' faithful followers can they enjoy true refreshment. (Matthew 11:28-30) If a sheep-like one who has strayed from the flock fears facing his brothers again, you might remind him of the rejoicing that occured when the prodigal son came home. (Luke 15:11-24) Those returning to the congregation are a cause of similar joy. Encourage them to act now to oppose the Devil and draw close to God.—James 4:7, 8.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 2:19, 21)

I came across an older Watchtower article on this topic about a week ago which I thought was really good, because it gave practical ways that we can take the initiative, as well as advice regarding the type of mental outlook and positive attitude we should have when it comes to assisting inactive ones...(I'll post it after I find the article I was reading)