幷非關乎你


當時,耶穌被聖靈引到曠野,受魔鬼的試探。 太4:1

幷非關乎你!你對這句子有何感受呢?它和世界告訴我們的,背道而馳。我們的文化充斥著這樣的話:「這是你配得的」或「這是你應得的。」

在 我們今天所讀的經文中,耶穌在曠野遇見魔鬼,被引誘去享受舒適、有權勢、有名望的生活。但耶穌別有選擇,祂寧願走一條不容易的路。我們也會這樣做嗎?耶穌 展示了一個重要的真理:我們怎樣跟隨祂,反映出我們爲何跟隨祂。耶穌引用聖經的話來回答魔鬼的所有問題,這是跟隨主的唯一方法。

你渴慕更認識神的話語,抑或渴求更多物質享受呢?神是否要向你證明祂自己,你才會感受到祂的同在呢?是否有其它事情在爭奪你敬拜祂的心呢?耶穌面對這些問題時,唯有抓緊神的話語,幷祈求神的旨意成就在祂身上,才能抵擋每一個試探,免致耽擱了拯救我們的使命。

M.Craig Barnes在他的著作Sacred Thirst中指出,我們贊美神,非因神是自我中心者,而是因爲我們需要「享受那種只有明白到事情幷非關乎我,才能得到的自由」,這一切關乎的是對神的順 服!當我們追隨耶穌那絕不容易的福音時,我們在各方面都會更像祂。

禱告

耶穌,感謝祢,因爲幷非關乎我,一切都在乎按照祢的方法來遵行祢的旨意。求祢叫我靠著祢的能力,時刻更像祢。奉祢的名求,阿們。

IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU!

“Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1

It’s not about you! What do you think of that statement? Our secular world tells us the opposite is true. Our culture is full of phrases like “You’ve earned it” or “You’ve got it coming.”

In our reading for today Jesus meets the devil in the desert and is tempted to enjoy ease, power, and fame. Jesus chooses otherwise. He takes the road of inconvenience. Would we do the same? Jesus models an important truth: the way we follow him points out why we follow him. Jesus answered all the devil’s questions with the words of Scripture, the only way to follow the Lord.

Are you hungry for more of God’s Word or for more material blessings? Does God have to prove himself in order for you to experience his presence? Are other things competing for your worship? These questions were put to Jesus. Only by holding firmly to God’s Word and praying that God’s will be done in him was Jesus able to refute every temptation that would pull him away from his mission: saving us from ourselves.

In his book Sacred Thirst, M. Craig Barnes notes that we praise God not because God is an egoist but because we need to “enjoy the freedom that comes only from realizing it’s not about me.” It’s all about obedience! When we follow the inconvenient gospel of Jesus, we will grow like him in every way.

PRAYER

Thank you, Jesus, that it’s not about me but about doing your will in your way. By your strength, help me to become more and more like you always. In your name, Amen.

About Jian Ming Zhong

In short, I am a five point calvinist, amillennial, post-trib rapture, paeudobaptistic (not for salvation), classical cessationism , and covenantal. I embrace Reformed Theology and subscribe to the WCF 1647. I do not break fellowship with anyone who holds to the essentials of the faith (i.e., the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, Jesus' Physical Resurrection, Virgin Birth, Salvation by Grace through Faith alone, Monotheism, and the Gospel being the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus) but does not affirm Calvinist Theology in the non-essentials. I strongly believe that God's grace and mercy are so extensive that within the Christian community there is a wide range of beliefs and as long as the essentials are not violated, then anyone who holds to those essentials but differs in the non-essentials is my brother or sister in Christ. Romans 11:36 "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To whom be Glory forever. Amen!"
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