神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16)

【双语灵修】葛培理布道团:主的奴仆(2018-8-10)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年08月10日 10:09

“岂不晓得你们献上自己作奴仆,顺从谁,就作谁的奴仆吗?或作罪的奴仆,以至于死;或作顺命的奴仆,以至成义。” (罗6:16)

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16

电影《烈火战车》中描述的传教士和运动员,是胜不骄败不馁的人。他对谦卑给出很好的定义。谦卑就是要顺服。顺服有两个意思,有消极的一面,也有积极的一面。顺服就是要放弃一些自我,也是要摆上。就如主耶稣说的,“为我失丧生命的,将要得着生命”(太10:39) 确实如此。

现代人说,不要争斗,我们都比不过。顺服神的,不会去与世界争斗。顺服的秘密就是,归顺于神,神为我们争斗。圣经说:“我因你们肉体的软弱,就照人的常话对你们说。你们从前怎样将肢体献给不洁不法作奴仆,以至于不法;现今也要照样将肢体献给义作奴仆,以至于成圣。”(罗6:19) 

不要总是不满意,不要总是自我放纵,不要腐化自己的灵魂,谦卑顺服在神面前。你的冲突就会停止,你的罪意就会消失。你的生命会有新的变化。你会在顺服中成长并结出果实。你的生命有归属感。你会充满盼望和期待。因为你顺服了,你要承受地土,因为神为你保留了上好的恩典,为一切相信他的人。

Of Eric Liddell, the missionary and great runner whose story is told in the film Chariots of Fire, someone has said, he was “…ridiculously humble in victory, utterly generous in defeat.” That’s good definition of what it means to be meet. Meekness involves being yield.The world “yield’ has two meanings. The first is negative, and the second is positive. It means “to relinquish, to abandon”; and also “to give.” This is in line with Jesus’ words: “He that loseth [or abandoneth] his life…shall find it” (Matthew 10:39). What a description of Eric Liddell!

We have heard the modern expression, “Don’t fight it-it’s bigger than both of us.” Those who submit to the will of God do not fight back at life. They learn the secret of surrender, of yielding to God. He then fights for us!The Bible says, “For as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity…even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness” (Romans 6:19).

Instead of filling your mind with resentments, abusing your body by sinful diversion, and damaging your soul by will fullness, humbley give all over to God. Your conflicts will diminish, and your sinner tensions will often vanish.Then your life will begin to count for something. It will begin to yield, to produce, to bear fruit. You will have the feeling of belonging to life. Boredom will melt away, and you will become vibrant with hope and expectation. Because you are meekly yielded. You will begin to “inherit the earth” of good things which God holds in store for those who trust Him with their all.

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