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<基督徒生命的優先次序>12/30-1/5/14

"你們要先求衪的國和祂的義,這些東西都要加給你們了。"(馬太福音6:33)

 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

 

默想禱告: 旅程的最後幾天, 我們一家三人開車往南加州探望朋友。 在5號高速公路六條快車道上奔馳, 我們恍然闖進了一幅綿延數十里織錦似的彩畫, 登時分辨不出是大自然的景緻, 還是夢幻中的構圖。朝南疾駛, 眺望左邊山巒重叠, 迂迴不絕,右邊則貼近黃金灘岸, 一望無涯; 山連海, 海連山, 鐵馬沿著蜿蜒曲折的海旁大道飛奔, 轉眼直達聖地牙哥 San Diego蔭綠的莊園。全程祗見晴空湛藍, 抬頭找不著一朵浮雲, 海風輕輕拂臉如微溼的香吻, 使人陶醉不已。加州人大概從未聽過"霧霾"這個有中國特色的怪異名詞, 更嚐不到颶風、龍捲風、沙漠風暴, 被凌厲的漫天飛雪肆虐的滋味。短短两週, 我們天天沐浴在和暖的冬陽下, 擁抱著舒暢無縐紋的心情。車廂內我們暢談2014的展望, 抒發內心的憧憬, 一路吱吱喳喳交錯不停。無意間我轉頭向兒子問一個問題:「我們經常禱告祈求, 陳明心中的冀望, 你有否想過, 你的祈願是否配得起神所給你的賞賜? 」一問之下, 原來朗朗的笑聲刹那間凝凍成一片沉寂, 只聽到輪胎飛速轉動,與地面磨擦時所發出的卡嚓聲音。「譬如你如何知道, 你配得神所賜給你一位靈性好, 與你共甘苦的主內姐妹為配偶嗎?」我以具體的例子說明清楚。「那你怎麼知道你配得起上帝把媽媽賜給你?」每天進出法庭的兒子用"反訴法"來迴避這個高難度問題。忖思一會, 我神閒氣定地回答: 「四十年的生活綜合體驗, 我稍稍揣摩出上帝賜給我們家庭各種福份的一貫原則。當年我協助一位牧師在芝加哥西北郊植堂, 你媽媽一家從越南逃難剛到美國, 是教會擔保的其中一個家庭, 一切從零開始, 她是家中第一位信主, 不久就成為牧師講道時中越語言的即時對譯, 我們由此變為同工。我倆文化背景差異雖然很大, 但都存著共同感恩的事奉心志而彼此配搭, 神終於把她賞賜給我, 不然就没有今天的你啦!」「我確信得救是本乎神的恩典, 不是靠人的好行為。然而,信主後想要過得勝且豐盛的生活, 蒙神的祝福, 就必須把生命的優次擺對位置:即與主耶穌關係的建立, 靈命進深的追求, 生命價值觀的正確導向, 事奉心志的操練和装備等各層面的生命環節緊緊圈扣起來, 再以討主喜悦的心態凡事專心求問, 神定會按祂的旨意將最合適, 最理想的福份賜給祂的兒女們, 甚至遇上種種苦難最後也會成為變相的祝福。」不曉得我這一丁點的屬靈心得,能否戮穿兒子這輩年輕人憑感覺、重果效、在臉書-網絡的「虛擬世界」中成長, 心思意念早已飽受污染的思想泡沫? 「虛擬世界」中不存在絕對準則, 排拒道路,真理, 生命的永恆價值;各人投其所好, 隨己意把自我包装成精緻的數碼形象。但相反的,有實質的基督信仰, 卻能引導信者身體力行地活出信仰的内涵, 活出真理的奧義; 主耶穌如此說, 我們就憑信心如此行, 聖經怎樣教導, 我們就照樣遵行, 結果便必然體驗到上帝話語的真實。不然, 基督徒就難以擺脱被世人嘲弄我們是經歷"心靈幻覺"的一群, 以宗教自我麻醉的謬誤判定。嘗到天恩滋味的基督徒肯定會如數家珍, 娓娓道出主在自己身上所施行的奇異恩典, 是不折不扣的活見証, 是既有客觀真理為依據, 又有主觀經歷的生命體現!禱告中求主保守兒子的心懷意念, 使他心存感恩, 凡事以主為首, 先求衪的國和祂的義, 其他一切需要自有主無微的看顧。感恩祈求奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: On our way to visit friends in San Diego, we passed through the meandering Highway 5, with round top hills on the left, and the Pacific shore line on the right, a cloudless deep blue sky extended to all directions until it disappears into the horizon.  Inside the car, three of us took turns to make our New Year resolutions which include subjects like losing a few pounds and keeping up with our devotional studies. Suddenly I threw a curve ball at Matt, asking him a question that requires careful deliberation: “We pray and ask for God’s blessings on this and that all the time, have you ever asked yourself this question-Do I really deserve what I wish for?” A dead silence for 30 seconds after I tossed out the question. “Think about your future spouse, for example, how do you be sure that God would grant you a life time partner whom also is your soul mate?” I was trying to be more specific. “OK, dad, then tell me, why do you think you deserve mom? Matt reacted with a direct rebuttal exactly what a lawyer would do. “Well, I was helping in a church planting project in Northwest Chicago, when your mother’s family resettled in Arlington Hts. from the Malaysian Refugee Camp, under the sponsorship of the church. She was first to accept Christ, and in no time became a translator of the sermons, from Chinese to Vietnamese in a multi-lingual congregation. Instantly, we became co-workers, serving the church mission together. I knew then God indeed chose the ideal partner for me. That’s how you came along eventually!! Since then, our family has experienced countless blessings in the last 30 some years when we put God as our priority in making decisions on our career, education, ministry direction, your college and job. We know that even adversities along the way subsequently turned out to be blessings in disguise. Everything is so real. God’s word is real and he is faithful. Every promise in His pronouncement becomes materialized, as opposed to an empty rhetoric.” What I did not say to Matt is that I am deeply concerned of all the risks occurred in this cyber age, when our generation got sucked into a digital world like a Matrix, where people easily lose their own “Self/Identity” as they create an artificial/fantasy world around themselves, with no absolute principles, no rights or wrongs; everyone does his/her own things according to man’s own will, while making up life’s new game plans as time moves on, finally pulling us further away from realizing the real purpose of our existence, further away from receiving the abundant blessings from God. Therefore, it is every Christian parent’s ultimate duty to instill the biblical values into our children’s mind; that God should be our top priority in our lives, that His word is the truth, and that Jesus Christ is the only way to Salvation, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)  

 

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