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December 9, 2013 / Samuel

照旨意献给主 [Give Ourselves to the Lord by the Will]

书卷:哥林多后书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多后书8章5节:“并且他们所作的,不但照我们所想望的,更照上帝的旨意,先把自己献给主,又归附了我们。”

今日默想:上帝要的是我们自己而不是我们的钱财。人所要的常常不过是上帝的平安与福气,但上帝所要的是我们自己。财物奉献的属灵基础,就是先把自己献给主。承认了主的权柄,然后才能跟随主的心意,去作主所要作的事。人保留自己,便跟不上上帝的旨意,这在任何事上都是一样。保罗一贯的作风是不喜欢被别人过度高举,因此这里的“归附我们”绝对没有自我上帝化的意思。我们信徒千万不要有“我是属某人”的想法与态度。真实先把自己照上帝旨意献给主的人,才会照祂旨意把自己给主的工人,与工人同心合意。如果按私意留下自己,按私意奉献,也就会按私意行事,而与真正行上帝旨意的工人作对。

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Book: 2 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

2 Corinthians 8:5 :“And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.”

Today’s Meditation: God wants us instead of our wealth. We often want peace and blessings in God, while God wants us. The spiritual foundation of wealth devotion is at giving ourselves to the Lord first. We can follow the Lord by acknowledging His power. We cannot keep up with the will of God if we keep ourselves. This principle applies to all things. Paul did not like to be exalted, hence the “and then to us” does not bring the meaning of self-deification. We should not possess the mindset and attitude of “I belong to someone”. As we give ourselves to the Lord according to His will, He will come to us by His will. We will unite in Christ then. Keeping ourselves, devote or do things selfishly can have ourselves ended up against people who truly follow the will of God.

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