9月13日 竭誠為主

913 順服之後又怎樣?

你所託付我的事,我已成全了。(約十七4

順服不在於外在生活的順服,而在於意志的順服,這點一旦達到,一切問題都解決了。在人一生中,要面臨的決定性時刻並不多;其中最決定性的時刻,就是意志的順服。神從來不強逼人順服他,也不會苦苦哀求人順服,他是等候人甘心情願把意志降服。這場仗是一次過的,打完就不必再打。

得釋放的順服。“到我這裡來,我就使你得安息。”只有在我們明白了救恩的意義後,才會把意志降服於主,得著安息。任何叫人心思困惑的事,都是對意志的呼喚--“到我這裡來。”這是出於自願的行動。

獻身的順服。“若有人要跟從我,就當舍己。”這裡的降服,是指把己交給耶穌,成為一個有他安息的己。“你若願作我的門徒,就把你自己的主權交給我。”這樣,你餘下的人生,就是這個降服的彰顯。一旦這樣降服了,就不再有什麼“假如”。我們不必再理會環境,因為耶穌就是一切。

至死的順服(約二十一18-19)。“……別人要把你束上……”你懂不懂什麼叫做視死如歸?當心在狂喜中對神許下順服的願;你很容易會收回的。要緊的是你與耶穌在他的死上聯合,直至他不感興趣的東西,你也一點不再感興趣。

順服之後又怎樣?順服之後的整個生命,就是渴求與神親密無間的契合。

祈禱◆主啊,我懇求能夠看見你。我一直被外院的生活所佔據,遠離了你;求你寬恕我,吸引我靠近你,以致我能再次與你共用罕有的相交。


September
13 After Surrender – What?

I have finished the work
which Thou gavest Me to do.” John 17:4

Surrender is not the surrender of the external
life, but of the will; when that is done, all is done. There are very few
crises in life; the great crisis is the surrender of the will. God never
crushes a man’s will into surrender, He never beseeches him, He waits until the
man yields up his will to Him. That battle never needs to be re-fought.

Surrender for Deliverance. “Come unto Me and I will
give you rest.” It is after we have begun to experience what salvation means
that we surrender our wills to Jesus for rest. Whatever is perplexing heart or
mind is a call to the will –“Come unto Me.” It is a voluntary coming.

Surrender for Devotion. “If any man will come after
Me, let him deny himself.” The surrender here is of my self to Jesus, my self
with His rest at the heart of it. “If you would be My disciple, give up your
right to yourself to Me.” Then the remainder of the life is nothing but the
manifestation of this surrender. When once the surrender has taken place we
never need “suppose” anything. We do not need to care what our circumstances
are, Jesus is amply sufficient.

Surrender for Death. John 21:18-19. “. . . another
shall gird thee.” Have you learned what it means to be bound for death? Beware
of a surrender which you make to God in an ecstasy; you are apt to take it back
again. It is a question of being united with Jesus in His death until nothing
ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him.

After surrender – what? The whole of the life after
surrender is an aspiration for unbroken communion with God.

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