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基督改造我们 CHRIST, THE CHANGE AGENT

(2010-05-09 08:21:26)
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基督改造我们

 

「谁能救我……呢?感谢神!靠着我们的主耶稣基督。」 罗7:24-25

 

 

托尔斯泰曾說:「人人都想改变全人类,但卻沒有人想过要改变自己。」他說得很对。我们甚少想到改变自己,原因可能不是因为这是十分艰难,而是因为我们根本无法做得到。从过去的经历,你或许也知道,尝试改造自己是行不通的,就是钻研自助书籍也无济於事。效法基督是一个高不可攀的目标呢!

 

我们可以根据道德标準,咬紧牙关和激励意志,努力尝试行善;这一切听来似是可行的方法。可惜,这樣做只不过是一种「崇拜意志」的举动。每当我们以为能夠凭自己力量在灵程上有所突破时,我们其实是在高举自己的意志。可是,正如使徒保罗所說,连我们的意志也被罪辖制呢。每一个曾经努力去戒掉某种瘾的人,都可以告诉你,人的意志是何等薄弱的。

 

那甚麼才是答案呢?我们需要明白,惟有靠著那位已借著耶稣基督住在我们里面的圣灵,我们的灵命才能成长。

 

你是否仍在靠赖自己的方法来做一个你希望成为的人呢?现在是面对现实的时候了,这场仗你是註定失败的。然而,基督已为你打了胜仗,祂已把你从罪中释放出来。你若靠赖祂的看顾,神的能力必要更新你的生命。

 

祷告

 

主啊,求你叫我们不要误认为我们能靠自己得更新。求祢改造我们,叫我们能彰显祢为我们预备的爱和喜乐。奉耶稣的名,阿们。

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CHRIST, THE CHANGE AGENT

 

Who will rescue me . . . ? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24-25

 

 

Leo Tolstoy once said, "Everyone thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself.” He was right. But maybe the reason we think so little of changing ourselves for good is not because the task is difficult but because it's impossible. Maybe you know from experience that trying to change yourself doesn't work. You've read self-help books to no avail. To be more like Christ is an impossible goal!

 

Trying hard to be good by gritting our moral teeth and upping our ethical willpower--all this sounds sensible. But all it really amounts to is an exercise in "will worship.” When we think we can make a spiritual breakthrough in our own strength, we have begun to worship our own will. And as the apostle Paul points out, our will too is under the grip of sin. Anyone who has struggled with the power of an addiction can testify how weak our will truly is.

 

What's the answer? We need to discover that spiritual progress is possible only through the power of the Spirit who lives in us through Jesus Christ.

 

Are you relying on your own resources to become the person you want to be? It's time to face the facts. This is a battle you can't win. But Christ has already won it for you, to free you from sin. Entrust yourself to his care, and God's power will renew your life.

 

PRAYER

 

Lord, free us from the false notion that we can remake ourselves. Redesign our lives to give expression to the love and joy you intend for us. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

 



 

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