2/21 -2/27/11

“但各人被试探,乃是被自己的私欲牵引、诱惑的。私欲既怀了胎,就生出罪来;罪既长成,就生出死来。 (雅各书 1:14-15)

“But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1: 14-15)

“我现在是要得人的心呢,还是要得神的心呢。我岂是讨人的喜欢麽。若仍旧讨人的喜欢,我就不是基督的仆人了。”(加 拉 太 書 1:10)

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. “(Galatians 1:10)

 

默想祷告: 布道家、圣经学者唐崇荣牧师曾说,人一生中所作的决定, 无論大小, 若以三种態度作为做決定的出发奌, 结果一定会错, 而后果也必然是负面的。这三种態度就是: 1) 切 纯为利益著想,功利掛帥 2) 祗为滿足自已心中各种慾望而行 3) 衹採用讨人喜悦的处事方式。从我生命的经历中, 也观察经验世界所呈现的万象, 可 以验证出以上的设定。未信主的时候是憑肉体氣意处事, 以「自我」为中心而独断独行, 信主后不愿把主杈交给神, 还是心怀二意, 成事不足, 败事有 余。事奉神方面, 喜欢讨人的喜悦, 为得到别人赞赏而沾沾自喜, 至于事工是否出于神的心意, 倒沒有好好去祷告思想。看到太多破裂的夫妻与人際关 系, 太多失败的事奉案例, 太多的社会问题, 都是因为这等態度所産生的惡性循环, 而且还会继续延伸下去。求主怜悯光照, 讓我们看到自己內心的真 相, 决意转向以神为中心的態度过生活, 免得重蹈覆辙。生命有限, 在属灵的事情上, 我们再沒有太多时间讓自已原地踏步, 以至飲恨终生。奉主耶稣圣 名祈求, 阿们。

Meditation & Prayer:  Dr. Steven Tong, a contemporary theologian, said once that people are seriously faulted in their decisions and suffer enormous consequences for their ill intents in the decision-making process, including 1) Profit driven motives 2) Decisions based solely on satisfying personal desires 3) Win approvals of others. With no surprise, my personal experience & observation of others affirm the validity of this entire hypothesis. Non-believers naturally conduct their lives according to secular standards; as for Christians, many of us have not yet willingly yielded our sovereignty to God, thus we live in a schizophrenic way of life. Even those serving in ministries, there is no guarantee that the hearts are sanctified with one pure motive, i.e. total submission to Him. I have witnessed too many marriage breakups & strife in family & human relationships, too many ministry downfalls, which contribute to myriad of social problems.  Pray that God’s true light shines upon our inner darkness, and convict us to reverse our course toward living a life that is God centered. For some of us, life is limited, we cannot afford to walk around circles and tenaciously hold tight unto our self-righteous & reckless decision making attitudes. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan’s sharing)

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