Posted by danong2013

Dearly beloved,

In any team game, no player would like to be left out of the play, even as a substitute. To be left on the bench means that you are not good enough to be a first team player. Every player believes that he is skilled and the best to be picked as one of the first team player particularly in a big match. Any notable players would feel slighted if they are not one of the first choice players. The players would fiercely fight to be one of the chosen players to play in the first team. It is an honour and pride to be selected. Such is the recognition for their im-portant role in contribution to the team.

Wayne Rooney, as a Manchester United player, thinks that he is an invaluable and indispensable player. He was sorely disappointed and sulked when he was left out of the first team selection or substituted. He felt that he was being overlooked and insulted when he was not selected.

When the apostle Peter exalts us as “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light” (1Peter 2:9), he is ex-pressing the awesome joy of being a distinctive and privilege people in His kingdom. We are no longer an outcast but call-ed into the fellowship with His Son and a shared life in Him.

Consider what David says, “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4). It is a staggering thought that God counted us worthy to be His chosen people. We are mere mortals, created beings of God. As His privileged people, we enjoy “a right, immunity or benefit granted only to a person, beyond the usual rights or ad-vantages of others” (Oxford Dictionary).

The reality of our faith is that we are unique and precious in the sight of God as His exclusive and elected children. He has chosen us to be His beloved ones, not that we have cho-sen Him (John 15:16). Our union with Jesus, given access to Him, and our security in Him as redeemed ones and His chosen ones are our privileges that only we enjoy.

If we are grateful for what privileges freely given to us be-cause we are chosen, then we should lift our hearts in thank-ful praise and worship to God. We are indebted people to the Lord Jesus for being gracious and merciful to us. We are pre-cious in His sight. May we be grateful and treasure our faith that we are God’s chosen people.

By His mercy,

Pr Lawrence

Redeemed to have a glorious hope in Christ

亲爱的弟兄姐妹:

在任何的团体球赛当中,没有一个队员会不想参加比赛,或者是当个后备球员。坐在后备席就是代表你不够资格成为正选球员。特别是在大赛的时候,每个球员都觉得自己是有能力的,是正选阵容中其中一个最佳人选。球员们都会极力争取被选中成为正选球员,因为被选上是一种荣耀,也让人自豪。这是他们在贡献球队上扮演着重要角色的认知。

作为曼联球员的鲁尼,觉得自己是一个无价和不可缺少的球员。当他被从正选阵容中挪走或是作为后备球员时,他会非常的失望和愤怒。当他没被选上时,他会觉得他自己被忽视和羞辱。

当使徒保罗高举我们为“被拣选的族类,使有君尊的祭司,是圣洁的国度,是属神的子民,要叫你们宣扬那召你们出黑暗入奇妙光明者得美德,”(彼得前书2:9)他要表达出作为他国度里特别和有特权的子民那份喜悦。我们再不是被驱逐的,而是被召与主耶稣团契和与祂同享生命。

思想大卫所讲的:“人算什么,你竟顾念他!世人算什么,你竟眷顾他!”(诗篇8:4)这是一个很难以相信的事情,神竟会把我们看为值得被祂选上的人。我们只是会朽坏的,被神所造的被造物而已。作为祂荣耀的民,我们享受着“一个权利,豁免,或是益处特别地给与一个人,超越其他普遍的权利和益处。”(牛津字典)

我们信心的实情是我们在神眼里是独一无二,珍贵的,而成为独特被选上的儿女。是他拣选了我们成为祂所爱的,并不是我们拣选了祂。(约翰福音15:16)我们作为被祂救赎被他拣选的人,我们跟耶稣的团聚,得到与祂的联系,并我们在他里面的平安,都是只有我们才能享受的恩典。

如果我们为到我们因着被拣选,而白白领受的恩典而感到感恩的话,我们应该把我们的心献上为感恩的赞美和敬拜给与我们的神。我们对神的恩典和慈爱应该要非常的感激。我们在祂眼中是宝贵的。让我们因着自己是神所拣选的而感恩,并珍视我们的信心。

因着祂的慈爱,
曾楚荣传道

因着被救赎,我们在主耶稣里有光荣的盼望