Posted by danong2013

Dearly beloved,

The world dictates that if you want to be a successful person, you have to give the best of yourself. Anything less will get you nowhere. You must be willing to sacrifice anything if you desire to climb up the corporate ladder. It demands your life-long commitment. How about the children of God?

Every one of us is familiar with John 3:16, the very essence of the Gospel message, “for God so love the world that He gives His only begotten Son…” It reveals to us the very heart of God of His great love for you and me. He offers to us His Son Jesus, as a perfect sacrificial Lamb for our salvation.

Today we experience and enjoy the blessing of His redemp-tion. God graciously pours out His all to redeem us because He has no desire anyone should be lost. He chooses to give His best. But are we giving to Him our best? As pastor and writer Andrew Murray put it, “The world asks, ‘What does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘How does he use it?’”

There’s an old story about a dad who gave his son two quarters as he heads for Sunday School. He told the boy that he should give one quarter in the offering and he could keep the other to get an ice cream cone. As the boy walked down the street he accidentally dropped one of the quarters which then rolled into a storm drain and disappeared. The boy looked for a moment down the drain and then slowly looked toward the sky, sighed and said, “Well God, there goes your quarter”.

It is easy to give to God something. But it requires your heart to give of your best. Such takes love to give of your all to our Lord Jesus. Someone made this observation, “To give 10 percent of your $100 dollars is easy. But to give 10 percent of your $10,000 dollars is hard”. Giving of your best is all about you presenting yourself ‘as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship’, (Romans 12:1, ESV).

Can we fathom the depth of His love and the pain Jesus endured on the Cross for our sake? Giving is motivated by grace. When we ponder and understand the love of God and grace of Jesus, we would cultivate a giving heart. When we learn to appreciate God’s grace in our lives, we learn to give of our best to Him. We would honour Him with our poss-essions, Proverbs 3:9.

On whatever we do, let’s us be encouraged to do it with a willing heart, not withholding our best for Him.

With an appreciative heart

Pr Lawrence

Give what is right and not what is left

亲爱的弟兄姐妹:

这世界要求着如果你要成为一个成功的人,你要付出自己最好的。任何的保留只会让你裹足不前。如果你要攀上企业阶梯,你一定要愿意牺牲任何的东西。这也需要一辈子的承担。那作为神的儿女又应怎样呢?

我们每一个人都很熟悉约翰福音三章十六节,一个福音信息里的核心:“神爱世人,甚至将祂的独生子赐给他们…”这向我们表露出神非常爱你和我的心。祂把自己和孩子耶稣赐给我们,成为我们的救恩中最完美的代罪羔羊。

今天我们经历了并享受了祂赎罪祭的祝福。神满有恩典地把自己所有的倾倒出来去就赎我们,因为祂不愿意一人失丧。祂选择了把自己最好的摆上,但是我们有把我们最好的给祂吗?作为一个牧师和作家,慕安德烈就这样说:“世界问:‘一个人拥有什么?’耶稣问:‘他如何的使用他所有的?’”

有一个老故事,讲到一个父亲,当孩子要出门上主日学的时候,把两个25分硬币给了他。他告诉孩子应该把一个作为奉献,另一个就可以用来买冰淇淋吃。当那小孩在街上走着的时候,他不小心把一个钱币掉到地上,然后那钱币又滚进了排水口不见了。那小孩在那排水口看了一阵子,又慢慢的转向天空,叹息着说:“神呀,你的钱币就在这里了。”

要给神一些东西其实是很容易的,但是却需要你的心才会把你最好的献出。这需要你的爱去把你所有的献给主耶稣基督。有人做了一个观察:“把一百块的一成奉献出来是很容易的,但要把一万块的一成献出来却是很难。”把你最好的献出来就是把你自己献成为“活祭,是圣洁的,是神所喜悦的;……如此事奉乃是理所当然的”(罗12:1)。

我们能够测度祂爱的深度,能够估算耶稣为我们在十字架上所忍受的痛苦吗?给与是受着恩典所激励的。当我们思想,明白到神的爱和耶稣的恩典的时候,我们就能栽种出一个给与的心。当我们学习感谢神在我们生命中的恩典的时候,我们就能学习到把我们最好的献给主。我们会以我们所拥有的荣耀祂。箴言3:9

在我们做任何事情上,让我们能够被激励,以一个甘愿的心去做,不会把最好的保留着不献给神。

怀着感恩的心,

曾楚荣传道

把应该献上的,而不是剩余的献上