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<與神的性情有份>6/23-6/30/14

 

「世人哪!耶和華已指示你何為善。他向你所要的是什麼呢?只要你行公義,好憐憫,存謙卑的心,與你的神同行。」(彌迦書 6:8)

 

“No, the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.” (Micah 6:8 GNT)

 

默想禱告: 月前請朋友吃飯, 妻子在窄小的厨房打轉忙昏頭。自從賣掉郊區房子, 蓄意過 “精簡” 生活, 一切縮減, 連餐具也僅僅留夠家中需用。看她滿頭大汗, 慌忙地東找西找, 氣急敗壞的想要找一張厚重的切菜板, 用來斬斷一塊塊熬湯的連骨大肉, 我心裡也為她感到焦急。

 

過了一會兒, 不曉得她從何處找到一張面積像浴室長方型鏡子大小, 又厚實透明的塑料板塊, 隨手將肉放平在上, 拿起力準備砍下去。

 

“等一下, 這是甚麼東西?” 我好奇的瞪著這塊臨時墊底的切肉板。細看之下, 光滑的平面閃出一串亮晶晶的刻字-上行刻著「優等獎」, 下行打印「AT&T 朗訊: 環球部署」。

 

“你幹嘛拿這個獎牌切菜?” 我大惑不解的問, 心裡想這不是你當年拼了命, 日夜不顧的走遍國內外, 為要爭取拿下多項部署工程項目的成果嗎!

 

撥開桌上的杯盤和烹調佐料, 她淡定地回答: “當我認識主耶穌更多, 與衪建立密切關係的時候, 我感到這些世上的成就不再值得留戀, 也感覺算不了甚麼。”

 

“我早就明白, 但那時自己卻放不下。” 我臉帶羞慚的補上一句。

 

直到我躺在病牀上, 半身癱瘓的那一刻, 我才驚覺任何一種屬世的成就, 在生命經歷波濤洶湧的過程中, 都顯得毫無意義,也起不了一點作用。

 

許許多多的人生經歷使我領悟的亮光是,當一個人的成就達到高峰的時候, 也是他生命最脆弱的時刻, 最容易跌倒的關頭;除非他/她深切體會到世人追求的聲望、權勢、和財富原來是那樣的短暫, 那樣的保不住。花極貴重的代價來换取瞬間便朽壞的物質享受, 或是台下不絕的掌聲, 只會使人的「自我」迅速膨脹, 自驕自滿的氣焰越燒越烈, 目的是為自己鑄造一頂輝煌的冠冕。

 

其實基督徒絕非閒懶度日, 一事無成的虛度人生, 而是我們都應該竭力地建構一幅與「上帝性情有份」的生命藍圖: 彼得後書1:3-4 神的神能已將一切關乎生命和虔敬的事賜給我們,皆因我們認識那用自己榮耀和美德召我們的主。因此,他已將又寶貴又極大的應許賜給我們,叫我們既脫離世上從情慾來的敗壞,就得與神的性情有份」;  我們人生的終極意向乃是要與上帝的旨意同步接軌。達成卓越心靈的陶造指標才是真正擁有永恆性、超越性的價值成就。有權力、權勢的人並不一定有偉大的人格; 但有上帝性情(神屬性中的各種美德) 的人肯定會折射出上帝的榮光。

 

感謝主, 讓我們領受衪的恩言, 藉聖靈看透世事的虛幻, 不再戀棧財富、名譽、地位, 和今生的驕傲,轉而謙卑學習跟隨祂的腳踪, 與祂每日同行, 完成祂在我們每人身上的旨意和托付, 奉主耶穌聖名禱告, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

 

Meditation & Prayer: After settling in Chinatown, we began to entertain visiting guests last month. Maneuvering in a cramped kitchen is definitely a challenge to Sarah. Everything is being “downsized” which includes only a limited number of dining sets and utensils we can keep, and we don’t even have a decent cutting board anymore.

 

While she was searching for kitchen tools, I can’t help but notice how tiny our living space compared to our suburban home. Well, adaptation is our forte, I guess, when I recall the limited provision I had when I first came to the States. Same condition applied to Sarah, or even worse when she was living in a refugee camp on a deserted Malaysian island for one full year.

 

Suddenly, out of nowhere she pulled out a 3 inches thick transparent plague made of plastic material, and placed a big piece of soup bone on it as though it was a cutting board.

 

“Hold it!” I said loudly. “What is this thing?”

 

Upon further examination, I saw two lines of inscription on the board. The upper line says: “Excellence”, underneath is another phrase-“AT&T Lucent Technologies: Global Deployment”.

 

I was quite puzzled by the unthinkable act. “How could you do that, using your hard earned Award as a chopping board?” “After all, wasn’t this your great career accomplishment that landed you the Director position?” I immediately thought of those years when she had to travel constantly overseas to deploy engineers after winning the bidding on many projects.

 

But her response was equally shocking. “When I know more about God and develop an intimate relationship with Jesus, all these worldly achievements don’t matter much to me anymore.”

“I understand this notion a long while ago, but I just couldn’t let go.” I shamefully admitted.

 

If I had not been confined in the hospital bed, left side completely paralyzed 5 years ago, I would still be clinging to my insatiable desire to pursue fame and glory. Truly, truly, when facing death and tribulations, worldly gains are just illusions and basically worthless.

 

2 Peter 1:3-4 says His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

 

Now I realize worldly success does not make one great. But those who are humble and participate in the divine nature through Imitation of Christ will truly achieve spiritual significance that last in eternity.

 

Praise God for his guidance that we are longer subject to all these struggles, once we turn over the sovereignty of our lives to Him, and to live in humble fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ. In his holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)

 

代禱事項:

  • 「榮神」總幹事陳熾弟兄夫婦將於九月初往紐約, 參與角声佈道團事奉。請為 「榮神」事工芝加哥代表劉鳳珠Felicia Liu 姊妹禱告,求主賜她智慧力量, 代表「榮神」繼續服侍眾教會和機構。
  • 「榮神」推出新設計的網頁, 與教會機構保持連繫, 建立一道交流橋樑和平台      
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  • 請為馬國棟牧師及師母代禱. 為馬師母再度化療禱告, 求主全然醫治!

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謝謝!神祝福!

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王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會 

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