Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
"Speak consolingly to the depressed souls, support the weak" (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
Many brothers spend hours each month preparing meeting parts. Their insightful words motivate all in the congregation to endure. (1 Timothy 5:17) Numerous brothers and sisters are known for their warmth and compassion toward fellow believers. (Romans 12:15) Some regularly visit those who are depressed and pray with them. Others thoughtfully write some heartfelt words of enouragement to fellow Christians who are coping with a trial. Still others kindly help those with physical limitations to attend the congregation meetings. Thousands of Witnesses share in relief work, helping fellow believers rebuild homes that have been struck by disasters. The tender affection and practical assistance rendered by such caring brothers and sisters are all manifestations of "God's undeserved kindness expressed in various ways."—1 Peter 4:10, 11.
(Watchtower issue: 1/15/09, 3:9)
I haven't seen all the notes from the annual meeting yet, but from what I have read, there were a few important points, (related to today's text), that stood out to me. What some of the Governing Body members expressed is exactly how I've been feeling lately, just from watching the news and seeing whats going on in the world. This definitely isn't the time to be complacent or 'doing our own thing' because there's alot of work to be done. And there's going to be alot more work ahead...especially in view of the fact that earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters aren't going away, but increasing. Chronic health problems and depression also seems to be increasing. So if we're not keeping up with Jehovah's organization, than we're not going to be prepared, and in a position to provide assistance & support to others in a practical and efficient manner.
Points from the 2010 Annual Meeting:
-They mentioned that the brothers and sisters in Haiti are being cared for, and that other relief organizations were amazed at how organized JW's were in caring for the needs of our brothers, while they were still trying to figure out how to get things done.
-Br Splane talked about "entering into God's rest." He explained that Israel as a nation was interested in doing their own works, which prevented them from entering into God's rest. So likewise, today, we need to do God's will and works if we want to enter into his "rest."
FYI- The passages at Hebrews 4:1-10 and Isaiah 58:6-14 are really good references on this point, if you have extra time to read them. Here's some excerpts:
(Hebrews 4:10) "For the man that has entered into [God’s] rest has also himself rested from his own works, just as God did from his own."
(Isaiah 58:13, 14) “If in view of the sabbath you will turn back your foot as regards doing your own delights...rather than doing your own ways, rather than finding what delights you...you will in that case find your exquisite delight in Jehovah, and I will make you ride upon the high places of the earth."
-Br Morris talked on the subject "What Are We Waiting For?"...He talked about not getting caught up in trying to figure out when the end will come, or speculating and reading too much into current world events. He said we need to "close ranks" and avoid all "gaps" with our brothers. We especially need to draw close to the Governing Body and carefully follow its instructions.