Friday, October 30

Foxes have dens and birds of heaven have roosts, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay down his head.Matt. 8:20.

Jesus encouraged his disciples to have a simple eye. Desiring to learn from Jesus’ example, a pioneer does well to keep in mind that the more material things he has, the more he will have to maintain, repair, or replace. Pioneers realize that their privilege of service is not the result of any special merit on their part. Rather, any gift or service privilege that we might have is because of God’s undeserved kindness. Thus, in order to continue as a pioneer, each one must rely on Jehovah. Challenges and difficulties will arise. When they do, pioneers should look to Jehovah for direction and give him the opportunity to help, rather than quickly giving up their privilege of service. As they experience God’s loving assistance, they will be drawn closer to him as their caring heavenly Father.

COMMENTARY

Jesus had no permanent home during his three and a half year ministry. And some of his followers, most notably Paul, followed his example.

Many pioneers among Jehovah’s Witnesses today, although not homeless, certainly make sacrifices to put spiritual things first.

But what about the Governing Body and other high-ranking members of the Bethel staff?They certainly are not lacking. They enjoy many comforts that pioneers do not have. Bethel’s frontline lawyers, whom the Society deploys as the legal adversaries of battered sexual abuse victims, have their own private residences, provided, of course, by the donations of hard working Christians.

Although not drawing a huge personal salary like the clergy, Governing Body members and other higher-ups may drive brand new luxury automobiles — or enjoy being chauffeured like royalty. Meanwhile, some pioneers cannot afford gasoline or even a car. The Governing Body have full health care and dental coverage, which is not affordable for average Jehovah’s Witnesses. They can travel the world at no expense. They enjoy comfortable, condo-style living accommodations in Brooklyn.

And although all construction projects around the world have recently been suspended due to financial problems the Watchtower is apparently experiencing, the Governing Body are going ahead with their intention to build a luxurious new headquarters in the New York countryside, nestled in a park-like setting by a beautiful lake, far away from the hustle and bustle of New York City.

It is as though the apostle Paul were speaking to the Bethel hierarchy today, when he posed the questions: “Are you already satisfied? Are you already rich? Have you begun ruling as kings without us?”

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