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每日靈修:瓦器中的寶貝

(2018-05-09 22:00:27)
〔每日靈修〕
【今日詩歌敬拜】

     
請打開喇叭,按下以下連結,用此詩歌
 "試煉中的歌吟來敬拜。
 
【今日讀經進度】哥林多後書 4:1-18
 
(用左鍵按下藍色的經文,上述聖經就會自動出現)

 
【今日默想禱讀經文】林後4:7-11

   我們有這寶貝放在瓦器裡,要顯明這莫大的能力是出於神,不是出於我們。 我們四面受敵,卻不被困住;心裡作難,卻不致失望; 遭逼迫,卻不被丟棄;打倒了,卻不致死亡; 10 身上常帶著耶穌的死,使耶穌的生也顯明在我們身上。 11 因為我們這活著的人是常為耶穌被交於死地,使耶穌的生在我們這必死的身上顯明出來。


【今日信息】 瓦器中的寶貝          By Rev.& Dr.  Andrew Tsai

    由於早遠的時代,沒有今日銀行的保管系統,如保險箱,保險庫等設備,許多人就將他們的財寶,如黃金,銀子,錢幣甚至紙鈔等貴重的東西,放在一些器皿如瓷器、瓦器或鐵罐鐵盒中,再將它埋在地裡或牆壁內,作為安全保存的方式。

    幾年前,有一天我接到一個電話,有一個人聲稱他們是中國來的勞工,當他們在洛杉磯幫人重新整建房子時,敲破舊牆壁,發現許多瓦器,在這些瓦器中,有的裝滿古代的錢幣,有的裝滿了金元寶,還有許多一卷又一卷的紙鈔。

    他們帶著這些古時候的金元寶,古錢和紙鈔,來到聖地牙哥,尋找可以幫他們兌換現金的人,他們願意提供高額的利益給那些願意幫助他們的人。他們告訴我,因為自己沒有身份,無法兌換這些寶藏,所以他們願意忍痛讓售這些無價之寶,便宜地和他們交換現金!我一聽就知道這是詐騙集團,想要欺騙一些貪心的人。
 
    後來在報紙上看到有不少人,因著貪小便宜的心,一時失去了分辨的能力,很多人都上了當,吃了大虧。

    人人都喜歡寶貝,而這些寶貝都是身外之物,但是保羅卻告訴我們,每個神的兒女身上,都有一個非常珍貴的寶貝,那是身內之物,無須往外去尋找,沒有人可以奪去的,那就是聖靈!神把這個無價的寶貝放在我們這個瓦器裡面,目的就是要彰顯神奇妙無比的能力,祂可以改變我們的老我,更新我們的思想,使我們的生命更加豐盛! 這寶貝的能力是非常大的,因為祂說:
 
 我是耶和華,是凡有血氣者的神,豈有我難成的事麼?』( 32:27) 

    我們這個瓦器,因著放在我們裡面的寶貝而顯得重要,如果裡面的寶貝不見了,我們這瓦器也沒什麼價值了! 主說他樂意住在我們這個瓦器裡,如果祂在我們裡面,我們就可以結出生命的果子出來!  
 
    『我是葡萄樹,你們是枝子。常在我裡面的,我也常在他裡面,這人就多結果子;因為離了我,你們就不能做甚麼。』(約翰 15:5 )

    
我們要記得瓦器的目的,是用來彰顯這寶貝的重要性與能力的,瓦器自身是沒有什麼可以誇口的!許多人有了才幹恩賜,就驕傲起來了,就把所有的榮耀歸給自己,卻忘了是住在他裡面的那位主,賜給他這一切的能力才幹,目的是要他來榮耀主的!

    Westminster 西敏寺神學院的信心宣言,提到人生的目的是『為了榮耀神並享受神!』有多少神的兒女,知道我們一生的目的就是來榮耀神並享受祂呢?榮耀祂就是讓神完全在我們身上掌權,好讓祂的能力來建造我們,使我們有美好的見證,使人將榮耀歸給祂!
 
  『你們的光也當這樣照在人前,叫他們看見你們的好行為,便將榮耀歸給你們在天上的父。』(馬太5:16

  享受神就是一種生命的流露,神要我們常常喜樂,不住禱告,凡事謝恩!當我們和神有美好的關係時,我們會有喜樂也會感恩,會常常藉著禱告和神說話,當我們享受神的時候,神也非常享受我們和祂的關係,這種美好的親密關係,帶著說不出來的喜樂,使人充滿盼望,可以面對所有的困難!
 
  感謝神!將這寶貝放在我這瓦器裡面,因著耶穌基督,我得著一切的喜樂,盼望,我求主天天住在我裡面,使我能榮耀祢,並享受祢 !
 


 

Rev.& Dr.Andrew Tsai  蔡恩惠牧師
Bread of Life Christian Church in San Diego
3-D Life, Devotion, Discipleship, Dedication
Fulfill God's Purpose in People's Life

 

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Below article is from "God's Love at Work"

 

Loving Colleagues  By Margaret D. Mitchell

"And the second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'  There is no other commandment greater than these."   ~Mark 12:31

Is any other scripture so convicting?   Yet how easy it would be for those of us with hardened hearts to quickly bypass it.  Do we really know our neighbors?  And what's to love about them anyway?

The truth is that if our whole heart is surrendered to the Lord, and we truly love Him, we will want to please Him, and we will carry His love in our heart, which will overflow to others.  Too, if we truly surrender our entire agenda to Him for His purpose, asking Him to have His way in our day and then be obedient to His guidance, we will know that our jobs are our divine assignments and that the Lord will use us to affect others where He places us.  This includes our colleagues.

I recall a time when I worked with a woman I didn't even like, much less love.  I knew my heart was being tested, and God was watching.  So the first thing I did was get alone with God and confess my lack of love for her. 

knew that 1 John 4:19 tells us that we cannot love God without loving our brother (or sister).  Therefore, it is impossible to keep God's first commandment to love God without keeping His second (Mk. 12:30-31).  And I did not want to be outside of God's will.

In my desperation, I asked God to fill my heart with His love for my sister.  But if I hadn't followed the Holy Spirit's guidance carefully, I might have missed the opportunity because His response came in an unexpected way.

The Lord actually gave this woman and I a pivotal moment where she erupted in angry lamentations before me.  As I listened to her, God overwhelmed my heart with pure divine love for her to a point that it overtook every negative and feeling I experienced.  His love enabled me to do the right thing, which was to simply hug her and tell her that Jesus loved her.  It was a more-of-Him, less-of-me moment.

Through her lamentations, I learned that she was a new Christian, who was having a hard time in life.  And she needed a personal touch from Jesus.  If I had reacted to her out of my flesh and snapped back at her or avoided her, I would've failed the heart test.  What's more, God would've had to get someone else to extend His heart to this woman, and I would've had to retake the test.

I can be a quick learner when my heart is on the line.  How about you? 

Which of your colleagues do you find difficult to love?  Which of them needs a touch from Jesus today?  I encourage you to repent, and confess that you cannot love them on your own.  Then ask the Lord to fill your heart with His divine love for them, to enable you to lovethem as He does.  You'll find that He'll not only touch their hearts, He'll touch yours too.

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