Saturday, August 23

I will most gladly spend and be completely spent for your souls.—2 Cor. 12:15.

Being a shepherd involves hard work. At times, elders spend sleepless nights in prayerful concern for God’s flock or in giving spiritual support to fellow believers. (2 Cor. 11:27, 28) Still, elders carry out their responsibility fully and gladly, just as Paul did. Indeed, out of love for his brothers, Paul fully spent himself in strengthening them. (2 Cor. 2:4; Phil. 2:17; 1 Thess. 2:8) No wonder the brothers dearly loved Paul! (Acts 20:31-38) We as God’s servants today also love our caring Christian elders and thank Jehovah in our personal prayers for providing them. They add to our joy by showing personal interest in us. We feel enriched by their shepherding visits. Moreover, we are grateful that they stand ready to come to our aid at moments when we feel overwhelmed by the pressures of this world. Yes, such attentive Christian elders truly are ‘fellow workers for our joy.’ w13 1/15 5:15, 16

Aug. 18  Bible reading:  Numbers 10-13

No. 2: Why Faith Must Have Works (rs p. 359 ¶2-5)

No. 3: Acts of Apostles—The Spectacular Beginning and Development of the Christian Organization (it-1 pp. 42-43 ¶2)