Monday, August 9, 2010

daily text 8/9

Monday, August 9th, 2010
"[God] made him head over all things to the congregation" (Ephesians 1:22)

As Head of the Christian congregation, Christ can move willing, spiritually mature Christians, especially elders, to provide comfort or counsel to those in need. (1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Timothy 4:1, 2) Christ's deep interest in the flock is reflected in the letters to the elders of the seven congregations in Asia Minor. (Revelation 2:1—3:22) Therein, Jesus indicated both his awareness of what was happening in each congregation and the depth of his concern for his followers. The same applies today—only more so—since the Revelation vision is fulfilled during "the Lord's Day." (Revelation 1:10) Christ's love is often expressed through the elders, who serve as spiritual shepherds of the congregation. He can move these "gifts in men" to give comfort, encouragement, or counsel when needed. (Ephesians 4:8; Acts 20:28; Isaiah 32:1, 2) Do you view their efforts as an expression of Christ's interest in you personally?
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 2:10-12)