Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
"I always do the things pleasing to [God]" (John 8:29)
How far did Jesus go in order to please God? On one occasion, Jesus said to his disciples: "The Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many." (Matthew 20:28) Earlier, when Jesus began to warn his followers that he would soon have to "give his soul," Peter urged him to be kind to himself. Still, Jesus was not swayed. He willingly gave up his soul, his perfect human life, for mankind. As a result of his unselfish course, Jesus' own future was secure. He was resurrected and "exalted to the right hand of God." (Acts 2:32, 33) He thus became a wonderful example for us. The apostle Paul counseled Christians in Rome "not to be pleasing" themselves and reminded them that "even the Christ did not please himself." (Romans 15:1-3) So, then, to what extent will we apply that apostolic counsel and give of ourselves in imitation of Christ?
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 5:6-8)