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).

双语灵修丨葛培理布道团:信心和付出​(2019.08.10)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2019年08月10日 23:16

身体没有灵魂是死的,信心没有行为也是死的。-- 雅2:26

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26

圣经教导我们,基督徒就是信靠基督作为拯救者,并顺服他,以他为生命的主。那正是基督徒成长的核心价值相信和跟随。根据使徒行传记载,门徒称为基督徒是从安提阿起首(参徒1126)。

新约从来没有把信仰和顺服(的生活)分开。二者应该是合而为一的,因为你如果是真正相信,你必定也真正跟随。信靠耶稣,让我们与天国有份,但我们对天父的爱和对他旨意的顺服,才是我们作为天国子民的真正标签。

这正是说明了我们基督徒的生活为何是一种幸福的融合:信靠与磨难,休息和努力,获取与付出。神作他的工作,我们尽我们的本份。农夫的庄稼都是神赐下的恩典,但也需要辛勤劳作。神可能给一个人音乐的恩赐(天赋),但是也需要实践和规矩,才能让他的音乐才华成为现实。

你生命中,是否有不对基督开放的“禁区”?相信,并顺服吧。

The scriptures teach that a Christian is one who trusts Christ as Savior and obeys Him as Lord. That is the essence of Christian discipleship-believing and following. The book of Acts says, “The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26).

The New Testament makes no separation between belief and obedience. They are linked together as one, because if you truly believe, you will truly follow. Trust makes us part of the Kingdom, but our love for God and obedience to His will are the badges of our citizenship in that Kingdom.

That is why the Christian life is a happy blend of trust and toil, resting and striving, receiving and doing. God does His part, and we must do ours. A farmer’s crop is a gift from God-but it also requires hard work. God may give a person the gift of music-but it takes practice and discipline to make it come alive.

Is any area of your life “off limits” to Christ? Believe and obey.


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