8月21日 竭誠為主

821 不受注意的事奉

虛心的人有福了。(太五3

依我們的標準來看,新約所注意的事物,似乎都是微不足道的。“虛心的人有福了”,按原意解釋是貧窮的人有福了。貧窮的人,何等平凡!今日的講臺很容易側重意志的力量、品性的美善--一些易於惹人注目的東西。今日常聽的口號--為主決志,其實是強調了一件我們的主從不信任的事。他從沒有叫我們為他決志,他只要我們降服,這是截然不同的兩件事。耶穌基督國度的基礎,是在於未經修飾的平凡事物。叫我蒙福的,是我的貧窮。我若自知沒有意志力、沒有高貴的品質,耶穌就會說:“你有福了。”因為我是透過貧窮無有,得以進入他的國。我不能以好人的身分進入,只能以一無所有的叫化子身分進去。

一切表彰神可愛事物的真正品質,必然是不自覺的。自覺有影響力,是自負及非信徒的表現。若我說:“我懷疑自己到底是否有用。”立時就與主的生命失了連絡。“信我的,要從他腹中流出活水的江河來。”我若檢查那流出來的水,就失去了主的能力。哪些人影響我們最深?不是那自以為影響了我們的人,而是那些完全不知道影響我們的人。在基督徒的生命中,內涵的東西總不是自知自覺的;一旦意識到,就會失掉那未經修飾的美,這正是主耶穌親手撫摸的特質。我們往往可以知道耶穌何時在作工,因為他能在平凡中製造超卓。

祈禱◆主啊,我要讚美你,你在每個人的生命中,也透過每個人的生命,來實行你完美的旨意。


August 21 The Ministry Of The
Unnoticed

Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Matthew 5:3

The New Testament notices things which from our standards do not seem to
count. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” literally – Blessed are the paupers –
an exceedingly commonplace thing! The preaching of to-day is apt to emphasize
strength of will, beauty of character – the things that are easily noticed. The
phrase we hear so often, Decide for Christ, is an emphasis on something Our
Lord never trusted. He never asks us to decide for Him, but to yield to Him – a
very different thing. At the basis of Jesus Christ’s Kingdom is the unaffected
loveliness of the commonplace. The thing I am blessed in is my poverty. If I
know I have no strength of will, no nobility of disposition, then Jesus says –
Blessed are you, because it is through this poverty that I enter His Kingdom. I
cannot enter His Kingdom as a good man or woman, I can only enter it as a
complete pauper.

The true character of the loveliness that tells for God is always
unconscious. Conscious influence is priggish and un-Christian. If I say – I
wonder if I am of any use – I instantly lose the bloom of the touch of the
Lord. “He that believeth in me, out of him shall flow rivers of living water.”
If I examine the outflow, I lose the touch of the Lord.

Which are the people who have influenced
us most? Not the ones who thought they did, but those who had not the remotest
notion that they were influencing us. In the Christian life the implicit is
never conscious, if it is conscious it ceases to have this unaffected
loveliness which is the characteristic of the touch of Jesus. We always know
when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is
inspiring.

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