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2014.11.23 合神心意的事奉 (2014.11.21)

神救贖我們其中一個最主要的目的是為叫我們可以服事祂。今天我們在教會中不難看見一些熱心服事主的弟兄姐妹,也不難看見釵h有各樣恩賜的同工,但我們都必須問自己一個問題:我為什麼服事?我服事的目的是甚麼?神要我如何使用祂所賜給我各樣的恩賜才幹來事奉祂?透過你我的事奉如何能成為他人的祝福? 正如,如果你愛一個人,對方叫你做事,你不會介意是大事或小事;若關係不好,你就會開始計較。教會裡的服事和外面做事最大的不同是,在外面做事需要別人的肯定,如加薪、升遷,而同工在教會若是為主來作,首先會想到的不是我們做甚麼,乃是先想到「我們的主」、「主自己」。正確的領受讓我們的服事有突破,一切的服事都要從神開始。我們要捫心自問:「對神有一股熱忱嗎?」「態度正確嗎?」如果我們認為環境對我們是忍心,刻薄,我們就很難喜樂起來,自然就很難作神的工。如果我們不從恩典角度出發,有一天我們擔負的責任越大,擁有的資源越多,我們就越容易軟弱──我們會誇口,會聲稱一切是我們努力來的。我們來到主的面前,對主的認識若沒有產生一顆火熱的心(passion),那麼服事一陣子之後,我們就會開始爭競、埋怨,到最後演變成對神有錯誤的認識。 服事的目的,不是使自己出名、得利,或一展抱負。常有人在教會、小組中很熱心,却不是為主,而是為了能出鋒頭。這種事奉在神面前無法站立得住。施洗約翰給我們立下良好的榜樣,他以主耶穌的榮耀為寶貴,自己却存心謙卑、隱藏。這才是真正的事奉。服事的目標與結果是為著神的榮耀,服事的過程也要按照神的法則與心意。人有軟弱,易受環境的影響,人情的干擾,若按著我們的喜好行,往往會降低事奉的品質。摩西在設立會幕時,神三番四次叮囑他:「要照我所指示你的樣式。」若隨著以色列人的心意,會幕恐怕就變成外邦神廟的樣式了,聖經啟示了釵h服事神的法則,我們當切切尋求,照著去行。

 
慕安德烈每日靈修 5/23

禱告與犧牲

「我願意你們曉得我為你們……是何等的盡心竭力。」(歌羅西書二:1)

        當我們在做一件艱鉅的工作時,總會思慮計劃週全,想把事情做得盡善盡美;同樣的,基督徒若看重禱告,就當全心全意在禱告的功課上下功夫。禱告需要擺上時間,犧牲自己的享樂舒服,強有力禱告的祕訣就是犧牲。耶穌這位偉大的代禱者,就是最好的例子。「當上帝定意將耶穌獻為贖罪祭,祂將要看到祂受死的功效。因為耶穌將祂的靈魂置於死地,所以祂可以敗壞那掌死權的。」在客西馬尼園耶穌憂傷痛心地禱告,汗如血滴流下,禱告真是一種犧牲與擺上。大衛曾說:「但願我的禱告如同馨香的祭,早晚都向上帝獻上。」
        禱告如同獻祭,我們的祈禱惟有建立在耶穌的寶血基礎上,才有價值,因為耶穌曾捨棄神的身份地位,謙卑地向上帝俯伏禱告:「願祢的旨意成就。」我們這些屬上帝的也當如此,將一切獻上,為了祂的國度與服事。
        在威爾斯有個虔誠的礦工,他的親戚病得很重,醫生吩咐他往鄉間養病,這信徒沒什麼錢,他就將僅有的一些錢,留十分之一自己花用,其餘的為他親戚租了個舒適的地方照顧他,並且花很多時間為他禱告,直到他確信上帝必要醫治他,果然一個月後,這個親戚竟然康復。有了這次的經歷,這礦工學到一個功課,就是付代價的禱告力量,其功效是何等大。
        現在我們明白為何我們的禱告缺乏能力,因為我們在等候上帝的功課上太過輕忽,我們來到上帝面前安靜的時間太少,我們常是勉為其難地來到上帝面前。然而,耶穌卻不是這樣,祂將命都捨了作為贖罪祭。我們若有耶穌的靈住在我們裡面,且讓聖靈掌管我們全人,我們就可像耶穌一樣,做一個忠心的代禱者,常常在上帝面前禱告,且帶出大有功效的能力。


God's Best Secrets by Andrew Murray 5/23

PRAYER AND SACRIFICE

"I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you."-COL. ii. 1.

        As men who are undertaking a great thing have to prepare themselves and summon all their powers to their aid, so Christians need to prepare themselves to pray, "with their whole heart and strength." This is the law of the Kingdom.
        Prayer needs sacrifice of ease, of time, of self. The secret of powerful prayer is sacrifice. It was thus with Christ Jesus, the great Intercessor. It is written of Him, "When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed." "He shall see of the travail of His soul." He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he hath poured out his soul unto death." In Gethsemane "He offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying: and tears." Prayer is sacrifice. David said: "Let my prayer he set forth before me as incense ; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice."

        Prayer is sacrifice. Our prayer has its worth alone from being rooted in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. As He gave up everything in His prayer: "Thy Will be done," our posture and disposition must ever be the offering up of everything to God and His service."

        A pious Welsh miner had a relative whom the doctor ordered to Madeira. But there was no money. The miner resolved to take the little money that he had, and ventured to use it all. He procured a comfortable lodging at 7s. 6d. per day for the invalid. He was content with an out-room for himself, and lived on ten-pence a day. He spent much time in prayer until he got the assurance that the invalid would recover. On the last day of the month the sick one was well. When the miner reached home he said that he had now learned more than ever that the secret law and the hidden power of prayer lay in self-sacrifice.

        Need we wonder at the lack of power in our prayer where there is so much reluctance to make the needful sacrifice in waiting upon God. Christ, the Christ we trust in, the Christ that lives in us, offered Himself a sacrifice to God. It is as this spirit lives and rules in us, that we shall receive power from Him as intercessors to pray the effectual prayer that availeth much.
 

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