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February 7, 2014 / Samuel

管理上帝的教会 [Take Care of the Church of God]

书卷:提摩太前书(新约)
作者:保罗

提摩太前书3章5节:“人若不知道管理自己的家,焉能照管上帝的教会呢?”

今日默想:家庭是人属灵的考验场,人在自己家中过不好日子,在属灵的事上也就过不好日子。一个人如果不愿意关怀、管教和引导他的儿女,他就没有资格领导教会。我们不该因为教会的活动而影响对家庭应负的责任。一个人在家庭中会向上帝负责,他在教会中也才会向上帝负责。一个人在教会中的生活,断不可能与私人和家居生活脱节。我们必须尽力先在自己的家里,好好认识家的意义,操练管家的功课,活出实际的家庭见证,后才能,也才配来照管上帝的家。一个正当的基督徒,一面固然该好好服事上帝的家就是教会,但另一面也不可忽略自己的家,乃应靠着主的恩典,先把自己的家管理得好。家的基本要素乃是爱与生命。家乃是一个彼此相爱,供应生命的地方。教会是上帝的家,也要按爱和生命的原则管理。

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Book: 1 Timothy (New Testament)
Author: Paul

1 Timothy 3:5 :“(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);”

Today’s Meditation: Home is a spiritual test field for us. We will not be able to live a proper spiritual life if we do not live a proper life in home. One who is unwilling to care, teach and lead his children will not have the qualification to lead the church. We should not affect our responsibilities towards family with church activities. One who is responsible to God in home is responsible to God in church. We should not be disjointed with our family through church activities. We should learn the meaning of home and live out the witness of home before taking care of the church of God. A proper Christian will be able to take care of both his home and church through the graces of God. The basic elements in home is love and life. Home is a place to love one another and provide life. Church is the home of God. Thus, we need to manage it with love and life.

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