珍惜自己的性命

以弗所書三章17節  使基督因你們的信住在你們心裡,叫你們的愛心有根有基。

從今年七月以來,開始有教會嚐試著讓會眾回到教堂聚會,原則上不能超50人,而且不可以唱詩歌敬拜,也只能看己經錄好的影像講道,因此有的人表示興趣不大。

主要是一來大家對敬拜的理解己經和以前不一樣。以前非得早起趕去教會,現在過了幾個月的家居敬拜,明白敬拜的本質不在於教堂,而在於自己和神的關係。在家裡敬拜好像更舒服,還可以跟著唱詩歌敬拜。似乎比去教堂敬拜更好。

其二也是因為怕被傳染,國外的疫情還沒受到完全的控制,每天都有幾十來個確診;有時傳來家人團聚,也紛紛被感染,心裡不由得更加謹慎小心,而不敢逾距。

這些原因都讓我們看到自己的膽小和害怕,或是十分珍情自己的性命。珍惜自己的性命,也就是珍惜他人的性命,因為萬一自己被感染而不知道,無形之中就會傳給很多人了。

寇世遠牧師說過一個故事:神在十九世紀所重用的僕人,英國的司布真,自述曾做了多年掛名的基督徒,因為他一直沒有負擔去搶救靈魂。 

他住家的巷口有一個車店,每次騎車出門,都要到店裏打氣。有一天,車店老闆信主了,一看到司布真來了,立刻興高彩烈的說:「朋友,我勸你趕快信耶穌,信耶穌可以得永生,心中有平安,靈裏有喜樂,得到祝福,得到恩典。」 

The Only Real “Pot”

Hi GAMErs,
Today’s passage is Ezekiel 11:1-13.  Let’s go!

Ezekiel 11:1-4 (NIV) 
1  Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the LORD that faces east. There at the entrance to the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.
2  The LORD said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city.
3  They say, ‘Will it not soon be time to build houses? This city is a cooking pot, and we are the meat.’
4  Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.” 
On verses 1-4:  What do Jaazaniah, Pelatiah and these other 23 men mean when they say, “This city is a cooking pot, and we are the meat” (v3)?  This is them bragging that they believe they are safe and secure within the walls of Jerusalem, like meat safely kept in a pot.  Despite the fact that the people of Judah have already suffered attacks, invasions and deportations at the hand of the Babylonians, these 25 leaders in Jerusalem scoff at the idea that a foreign enemy would take them down again.  Rather they believe it will soon be time for them to look at building houses and making long term investments in Jerusalem.  As we will see, theirs was a false sense of security.