2/9/15-2/15/15

<清心、專心、忠心的事奉>2/9/15-2/15/15

 

「一個僕人不能侍奉兩個主,不是惡這個愛那個,就是重這個輕那個。你們不能又侍奉神,又侍奉瑪門。」(路加福音16:13)

 

“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)

 

默想禱告: 上月接獲前僱主國安部移民局一封邀請函, 希望我考慮以退休職員身份(Annuitant)到Virginia州移民局重操舊業, 審核估計將超過五百萬份其中符合總統行政命令資格的申請表。

 

豐厚的待遇深深吸引著我的眼球, 當下感覺自己好像寶刀未老, 可以再度承接職場嶄新的挑戰。

 

原來一顆事業心, 竭力工作所帶來的成就感對男性是具有那麼龐大的誘惑力。怪不得 “工作狂”不見得僅僅是為生計奔波而已, 更是代表著自我成功形像塑造的完成, 在暗中享受自我膜拜的快感。

 

即便基督徒的生命形態和事奉心態也絕對逃不過這種屬靈上的致命試探。

 

「瑪門」的現代演繹是人在追逐錢財名利過程所衍生的權勢, 不斷自我膨脹欲望的無限擴張, 最終改變了原來要服侍的對象, 就是只有主耶穌。

 

詩人大衛誠心誠意地說: 「神啊,求你為我造清潔的心,使我裡面重新有正直的靈。」(詩篇51:10)

 

想要攀升屬靈的高峰, 進入心靈至聖的殿堂不在乎勢力才能, 聲威名望, 乃是完全視乎人心中的平静安穏, 如一池清澈無紋的活水; 有一個正直的靈, 專心不移。

 

沒有清心、專心與忠心, 我們談何事奉這位創始成終, 獨一的真神耶穌基督。

 

 

「清心的人有福了!因為他們必得見神。」(馬太福音5:8)

 

世上有千萬種的人事物每時刻把我們的心思意念扯成支離破碎的畫面, 佔據我們每一寸的思維空間, 自己很容易被搞得心緒不寧。事奉的人這時務要撥亂反正, 重新定睛注目在主的身上, 因為祂才是我們生命的焦點, 服侍的對象, 生活的目標和方向。

 

默想禱告一段時間後, 我終於把移民局寄來的邀請信隨手一丟, 扔進身旁的垃圾箱, 頭也不回。此刻内心突然湧溢出一種無法形容的喜悦, 體味出「心意更新而變化」的清爽, 感恩禱告奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

 

Meditation & Prayer: Last month I received a special letter sent by USCIS, my former employer, inviting me to rejoin the work force as an annuitant officer to adjudicate potentially thousands of applications under the President’s Executive Order to issue employment authorization to qualifying applicants once the regulations are published.

 

The lucrative terms caught my eyes as I pondered whether I should jump out of retirement and resume my previous occupation.

 

I never imagine career and material reward would have such captivating power that could make anyone easily reverse course at the brink of the eye.

 

Yet God’s word provides me the strongest defense mechanism to resist the urge to conform once more the world’s enticing offer to distract my commitment to faithfully serve Him.

 

In reflection, I begin to realize the ugly word “Mammon” represents wealth or possessions that are regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion. It means anything that is not of GOD on that which God dislikes, anything we put more important than GOD and HIS word; that is our relationship with Him!

 

“Mammon” is another form of worshiping a counterfeit god that pull our attention away and even tear us apart from being loyal and faithful in serving the one true Triune God. 

David, the psalmist pleaded: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

A 'pure heart' means a sincere mind. A person with a pure heart loves God more than anything else.

 

A “pure heart” can be subject to a three prong test-Unadulterated Motive, Undivided Attention and Unwavering loyalty.

 

After meditation and prayer, I resolutely discarded the invitation letter into the garbage can.

 

Surprisingly, my heart experienced a resounding joy and a deeper sense of tranquility, knowing the Spirit has invigorated me to conquer my old self and convict me with a new vision, in Jesus precious name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)

 

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