Friday, January 4, 2013

4 January 2013 - Acts 5: 42

Friday, January 4

From house to house they continued without letup teaching and declaring the good news. — Acts 5:42

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, certain Bible Students felt that they fulfilled their ministry by giving talks. However, it later became evident that Jehovah desires his people to get busy in a variety of forms of preaching, including the house-to-house work. Some accomplished public speakers flatly refused to try anything new. Outwardly, they appeared to be spiritual men, fully devoted to the Lord. However, when faced with clear evidence of God’s purpose regarding the preaching work, their real thoughts, intentions, and motives became manifest. How did Jehovah feel about them? He did not bless them. They left the organization. (Matt. 10:1-6; Acts 20:20) That is not to say that it was easy for all who remained loyal to the organization to preach publicly. Many found the work challenging, especially at first. But they were obedient, and Jehovah richly blessed them. w11 7/15 4:10, 11