Posted by danong2013

Dear friends and Carmelites,

Whenever the Word of God is preached, it would either awaken or harden a hearer. His Word could either pierce the hearer’s heart or like water that runs off a duck’s back. Some hear the Gospel and are overwhelmed by the wondrous love of God and His amazing grace. Others are simply indifferent and refuse His truth.

Lord Kenneth Clark, internationally known for his television series Civilization, lived and died without faith in Jesus Christ. He admitted in his autobiography that while visiting a beauti-ful church he had what he believed to be an overwhelming re-ligious experience. “My whole being,” Clark wrote, “was irra-diated by a kind of heavenly joy far more intense than any-thing I had known before.” But the “gloom of grace,” as he described it, created a problem. If he allowed himself to be in-fluenced by it, he knew he would have to change, his family might think he had lost his mind, and maybe that intense joy would prove to be an illusion. So he concluded, “I was too deeply embedded in the world to change course” (ODB, 1994).

It’s real tragic that Lord Kenneth Clark was so near and yet so far from the salvation. He had experienced the touch of God’s grace but chose to reject Him. He knew that his life had to be radically changed if he decided to accept Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. He knew he might be ridiculed by his loved ones. God’s Word has indeed fallen on deaf ears.

Sadly, today there are many like Lord Kenneth Clark. They are resisting God’s gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Some may not be willing to change or find it hard to give up the things of the world.  The apostle Peter prompts us to reconsider: “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower fall s away, but the word of the Lord endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:24-25).

Others may not be ready as they believe that there will al-ways be another time. But the writer James warned us “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

Friends, God’s Word is life. Do not hesitate to respond to God’s Word as there may not be another time.

Saved by grace,

Pr Lawrence

Life is temporal but God’s truth is enduring

 

亲爱的朋友与迦密的弟兄姐妹:

每当神的道被传讲的时候,要不是唤醒听者的心,就是让他们的心更刚硬起来。祂的话能穿透聆听者的心,又或者像水过鸭背一样。有些人听过福音后就被神奇妙的大爱充满,其他的就只是漠不关心的,拒绝祂的真理。

因着他一部名叫“Civilization”的电视节目而出名的肯尼思克拉克勋爵,一生中都没办法相信耶稣。他在他的自传里承认当他去了一个很美丽的教会时,他有一个难以言喻的宗教体会。克拉克写道:“我整个人好像被一种天国般的喜乐照耀着,比我经历过的所有更加强烈。”但他所形容的“恩典的阴暗面”为他带来了一个问题。如果他让自己被它影响,他知道自己一定要改变,他的家人一定会以为他丧失理智,又或者最后发现那强烈的喜乐原来只是幻觉。所以他下结论:“我已经太融入这个世界了,不能再换方向了。”(灵命日粮1994)

肯尼思克拉克勋爵曾经是那么的靠近救恩,却又是那么的远,实在是一个悲剧。他经历过神恩典的感动,但他选择去拒绝。他知道如果他要接受主耶稣基督作为他的救主的话,他的生命要完全地改变。他知道他可能会被亲友嘲笑。神的话确实临到耳朵发沉的人。

可悲地现在有很多人像肯尼思克拉克勋爵。他们拒绝神的礼物主耶稣基督。有些人不愿意去改变,又或者觉得很难放弃世界上的东西。使徒彼得提醒我们要重新思想:“因为凡有血气的,尽都如草,他的美荣都像草上的花。草必枯干,花必凋谢,惟有主的道是永存的,所传给你们的就是这道。”(彼得前书1:24-25)

另外有一些人就是没准备好,觉得总会有另外的机会。但雅各书的作者就这样警告我们:“其实明天如何,你们还不知道。你们的生命是什么呢?你们原来是一片云雾,出现少时就不见了。”(雅各书4:14)

朋友们,神的道就是生命。请不要再犹豫向神作出回应,因为可能不会再有另外的机会了。

蒙恩得救

曾楚荣传道

生命是短暂的,但神的真理却恒久长新。