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标  题: 不要成为不顺服

经  节: 亚基帕王啊,我故此没有违背那从天上来的异象。(使徒行传廿六章19节)

神做的每一件事都有祂的理由。神在大数扫罗前往大马士革的路上向他显现,是有其目的的(使徒行传九:19)。扫罗已经谋划好要迫害基督徒,然而,与基督相遇的经历永远改变了他的生命。在那次的相遇,神不只由罪中拯救出扫罗,神开始启示自己在保罗生命的心意。神非常清楚地指派保罗的任务:“他是我所拣选的器皿,要在外邦人和君王,并以色列人面前宣扬我的名。我也要指示他,为我的名必须受许多的苦难。”(使徒行传九:1516

神以异象启示祂对保罗的计画,这个计画包括在君王面前作见证及受迫害。保罗享受行神迹、对大批群众讲道,和开拓教会的快乐。但是保罗也被石头打、遇船难、遭鞭打、被嘲笑、被人策划阴谋陷害,且被关入牢狱中(哥林多后书十一:2328)。我们是否能够在一开始,就毫不犹疑地接受像保罗这一部分的任务?我们从未听到保罗抱怨神给他的任务,或要求神给他像彼得、雅各和约翰的角色(加拉太书二:910)。对保罗来说,能在神国的事工有分就心满意足了。当他临近自己事奉的终点时,他能大胆地向亚基帕王说:“我故此没有违背那从天上来的异象。”

若能像保罗不屈不挠地献身,完成神的旨意,是何等美好之事!在我们走这段基督徒的信心之旅时,若能善始善终是多么令人欢欣!神盼望我们每个人在人生终点时,都能说:“我没有违背那从天上来的异象。”


Do
Not Prove Disobedient

Therefore,
King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. (Acts 26:19)

God does everything for a reason. God met
Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus road for a purpose (Acts 9:1–9). Saul had
planned to persecute Christians, but his encounter with Christ changed him
forever. God did more in that encounter than save Saul from his sin. God began
to reveal His will for Paul’s life. God’s assignment for Paul was clear: “He is
a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the
children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My
name’s sake” (Acts 9:15–16).

God’s plan for Paul, revealed through a
vision, involved both testifying before kings and suffering persecution. Paul
was to enjoy the thrill of performing miracles, preaching to large crowds, and
starting churches. But Paul was also to be stoned, shipwrecked, whipped,
mocked, conspired against, and imprisoned (2 Cor. 11:23–28). Would we accept
this part of his assignment as readily as the first?
We never hear of Paul complaining about
his commission from God. He never asked that he be given a role like Peter’s,
or James’s, or John’s (Gal. 2:9–10). It was enough for Paul that he be given
any task in the kingdom of God. As he neared the end of his ministry, Paul
could boldly state Agrippa, “I was not disobedient to the
heavenly vision.”

Oh, to have Paul’s tenacity and devotion
to the Father’s will! What joy there is not only to begin well in our Christian
faith, but also to end faithfully! It is God’s desire that each of us could say
at the end of our lives, “I was
not disobedient.”

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