上帝信賴的人 The Person God Trusts

上帝信賴的人


【作者:蔡秀卿譯/David Brown】… we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. 帖撒羅尼迦前書二章4節(新國際英文聖經版)

上帝信賴那些:(帖撒羅尼迦前書二章1-12節)

1. 討神喜悅的人

「我們一直在傳揚這好消息,上帝相信我們會這麼作,因我們通過了試驗。我們不是討人的喜悅,乃是討那為試驗我們內心的神的喜悅。」帖撒羅尼迦前書二章4節(上帝的話譯本)

保羅曾說,他渴慕有一日主會對他說﹕「做得好,你這忠心又良善的僕人。」我們也當這樣渴慕,並且將這化為我們盼望和動機。

「我這麼說是為贏得人們還是神的同意呢﹖我企圖討人的歡喜嗎﹖若我仍舊想討人的喜歡,我就不是基督的僕人。」加拉太書一章10節 (上帝的話譯本)

2. 純正的人

「你知道我們向來不虛謊誇大,也不曾帶上面具掩飾貪婪,神是我們的見證人!」帖撒羅尼迦前書二章5節(新國際英文版)

上帝要我們誠實的認知到祂在我們生命中的意義。祂要我們服事祂時,別管別人怎麼想。有時我們會帶上面具,讓人們以為我們比實際上的自己來得好。但我們所行所言,應反映出我們真正的信仰。

「你看那亞伯拉罕的信與他所行的,乃是相稱的。他的行為顯出他真實的信心。」雅各書二章22節 (上帝的話版本)

3. 溫柔的人

「但我們在你們當中是溫柔的,像母親顧念她的孩子一般。」帖撒羅尼迦前書二章7節 (新國際英文版)

世上艱難的事很多,這使我深信在我們這世代最偉大的福音推力將會隨著溫柔的復興而來。人們會對愛有所回應﹔饑渴﹑迷失﹑孤單﹑心碎的靈魂正在尋找救主,許多人需要引導。溫柔的導引將幫助他們找到神,那是一切問題的解答。

「然而你是恩惠,溫柔,主啊,你不輕易發怒,且有不止息的慈愛和真理。」詩篇八十六篇15節(Living)

4. 慈愛的人

「我們既是這樣愛你們,不但願意將神的福音給你們,連自己的性命也願意給你們,因你們是我們所疼愛的。」帖撒羅尼迦前書二章8節 (和合本)

上帝信任我們會在聖靈中以愛心服事他人。

5. 犧牲自我的人

「我親愛的朋友,你一定沒忘記我們艱辛的工作及困難。還記得我們如何日夜奮力維持生計,好將上帝的信息告訴你,並且不使它成為任何人的負擔。」帖撒羅尼迦前書二章9節(當代英文聖經版)

上帝所信賴的人顯出溫柔和自我犧牲的特質。自我犧牲討神的喜悅,且為人帶來祝福。

「親愛的朋友,上帝是良善的。為此我懇求你獻上自己的身體給祂,當作活祭,這是純全而且令人喜悅的…」羅馬書十二章1節(當代英文聖經版)

6. 分享福音的人

「因我們甚愛你們,不但是上帝的話,也把自己的命給了你們。親愛的弟兄姐妹,難道忘了我們是如何在你們中間工作。夜以繼日我們努力養生,好讓我們的花費不致成為任何一個我們所傳對象的負擔。」帖撒羅尼迦前書二章8-9節 (新生命譯本)

我相信下面這首詩歌映現了上帝的心。

— 你可看見,你可看見,人們在沉淪﹖你不關心嗎?你不關心嗎?要眼見他們溺斃嗎?如果他們前來,你怎能木然、怎能不在乎?你閉起雙眼,假裝工作已經完成?

「哦!主啊﹗祝福我,祝福我。」你知道這就是我聽聞的一切。無人心疼﹑無人受傷甚至沒有人掉過一滴淚。但祂在哭、祂飲泣、祂哭求、祂在意你的需要。而你,卻袖手旁觀或沈溺其中。—

(節自凱斯葛林的《在光中沉睡Asleep in the Light》 1979)

你曾為台北哭泣過嗎?最近的統計數字顯示,基督徒人口的比例是1.67 %。(2002年)你明白有多少人不知道主,或從不曾聽過福音嗎?

哦!這就是為什麼我們要為台北哭泣,我們要把上帝愛的信息帶給這個城市!

7. 帶領他人親近祂的人

「你知道我們為你們所做的,正如父母為自己的兒女一樣。我們勸誡,鼓勵,並督促你們每一個人,為榮耀上帝而活。祂是親自選召你們有份於祂國度和榮耀的那位。」帖撒羅尼迦前書二章11-12節(當代英文版)

上帝託付我們教導,訓練和鼓勵祂的百姓。上帝可以將祂的信息交付給你嗎?可以把所珍愛的託付給你照管嗎?

和我一同禱告:「求主幫助我成為你所能信賴的人。」

 

【雙語 Bilingual】

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

1 Thes. 2:4 (NIV)

… we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.

God trusts:

1. Those who please Him

1 Thes. 2:4 (GW)

…we are always spreading the Good News. God trusts us to do this because we passed his test. We don’t try to please people but God, who tests our motives.

Paul said he longed for God to tell him one day, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” We, too, should long for this and make it our hope and motivation(動機).

Galatians 1:10 (GW)

Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.

2. Those who are genuine(純正的)

1 Thes. 2:5 (NIV)

You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed–God is our witness(見證人).

God wants us to be honest about who He is in our lives. He wants us to serve Him, not caring what others think. Sometimes we put on masks so others will think we’re better than we are. Instead, what we do and say should reflect genuine faith.

James 2:22 (GW)

You see that Abraham’s faith and what he did worked together. His faith was shown to be genuine by what he did.

3. Those who are gentle

1 Thes. 2:7 (NIV)

but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.

“There is so much hardness in the world that I am convinced the greatest evangelistic thrust (驅動力) of our time would come in a revival of gentleness. Men respond to love. Hungry, lost, lonely, heart broken souls are seeking for a Savior, and so many need guidance. Gentle leading would help them find Christ, the answer for all problems.”

Psalm 86:15 (Living)

But you are merciful and gentle, Lord, slow in getting angry, full of constant loving-kindness and of truth.

4. Those who are loving

1 Thes. 2:8 (Msg)

We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did.

God trusts us to minister in the love of His Spirit.

5. Those who are self-sacrificing

1 Thes. 2:9 (CEV)

My dear friends, you surely haven’t forgotten our hard work and hardships. You remember how night and day we struggled to make a living, so that we could tell you God’s message without being a burden to anyone.

Rmans 12:1 (CEV)

Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing…

The person whom God trusts exhibits(表現) tenderness and self-sacrifice (自我犧牲). Self-sacrifice pleases God and blesses others.

6. Those who share the gospel

1 Thes. 2:8-9 (NLT)

We loved you so much that we gave you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too. Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that our expenses would not be a burden to anyone there as we preached God’s Good News among you.

This song, I believe, mirrors God’s heart:

“Do you see, do you see, all the people sinking down?

Don’t you care, don’t you care, are you going to let them drown?

How can you be so numb not to care if they come?

You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done.

“Oh, bless me, Lord, bless me, Lord! ” You know that’s all I ever hear.

No one aches, no one hurts, no one even sheds one tear.

But He cries, He weeps, He pleads, and He cares for your needs.

And you just lay back and keep soaking it in”.

(Asleep in the Light, by Keith Green, 1979)

Have you wept(哭泣) for Taipei? Latest statistics(統計) say that Christianity represents 1.67 % of the people. Do you realize how many people do not know the Lord and may not have even heard the Gospel? Oh, that we would weep for Taipei and carry the message of God’s love to this city!

7. Those who lead others closer to God

1 Thes. 2:11-12 (CEV)

You also know we did everything for you that parents would do for their own children. We begged, encouraged, and urged each of you to live in a way that would honor God. He is the one who chose you to share in his own kingdom and glory.

God entrusts us to teach, train, and encourage His people.

Can God entrust His message to you, His precious ones to your care? Pray with me, “Lord, help me to be a person You can trust.”

片語﹑詞語

1. Long for

渴望

2. Put on a mask

戴上面具

3. Shed tears

流淚

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