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:​献给上帝(2019.11.28)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2019年11月28日 15:51

你要以财物和一切初熟的土产尊荣耶和华。箴言3:9

Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase. Proverbs 3:9

上帝自己不“需要”我们的财物。上帝的大能足以完成一切事。但是,上帝也愿意通过我们的参与和慷慨,让他的工作更为有效。当我们奉献财物给上帝的时候,我们要记住两件事。第一,我们所拥有的,并不是我们自己的。上帝给了我们一切,一切本来就属于他。大卫王这样祷告:因为万物都从你而来,我们把从你而得的献给你。(代上2914)我们应该明白这个道理。第二,我们的奉献是为了帮助其他人,因为上帝也爱他们。对他人的施舍是见证上帝的大爱,而且要告诉他人,最大的礼物不是财物,而是上帝的独生子耶稣基督,为我们的罪作了挽回祭。

有人说,我们的生命并不在于沉淀、存储如水库,而在于沟通、传递如水管。水库只是存水,而水管让水流动。上帝当然希望我们作为传递他的恩典的管道。你愿意么?

God doesn’t “need” our money to get His work done. He is sovereign and could do it without our help. Yet He has arranged it so that His work often depends on our generosity.

At least two things happen when we give. First, when we give with the right attitude, God reminds us that what we have isn’t really ours. He gave us everything we have and it actually belongs to Him. King David prayed, “All things come from You, and of Your own we have given you” (1 Chron. 29:14). We need to learn that truth.

Second, when we give, we help meet the needs of others whom God also loves. By giving to others we testify to God’s love for them, and we point them to the greatest gift of all-God’s gift of His Son for our salvation.

Someone has said that our lives should resemble channels, not reservoirs. A reservoir stores water; a channel distributes it. God wants us to be channels of blessings to others. Are you?


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