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December 1, 2014 / Samuel

见证与侍奉 [Witness and Servings]

书卷:罗马书(新约)
作者:保罗

罗马书1章9节:“我在祂儿子福音上,用心灵所侍奉的上帝,可以见证我怎样不住地提到你们;”

今日默想:事奉上帝的工作和敬拜上帝是不能分开的,所以事奉上帝的工作必须从心灵里作起。真实有价值的事奉不是外面的工作,不是宗教上的苦差,无休止地进行各种仪式,死记背念各种祷文诵辞,而是浸淫在热切的、充满信心的祷告里。我们事奉上帝,不是根据我们的情感和思想,乃是根据我们里面深处的感觉,就是灵里的感觉。事奉的源头若是不对,即使事情作对了,也不能讨上帝的喜悦。传福音固然是对上帝的一种事奉,但不是重在用我们的魂或身体,而是重在用我们的灵。因此,不是道理上的说服,而是深处与深处响应,惟有从人的灵里出来的,才能达于人的灵里,引发共鸣。保罗对罗马教会的关切,可从他不间断地为他们祷告看出来。我们为教会事工的祷告是否恒切,可用来衡量我们关怀的程度。我们心灵里面的情形如何,也许别人无法知道,但总不能向上帝隐藏,所以祂是我们属灵情况的最佳见证人。

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Book: Romans (New Testament)
Author: Paul

Romans 1:9 :“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,”

Today’s Meditation: Serving God and worshipping Him cannot be separated. Thus, we need to serve God from our spirit. A truly valuable serving is not the work on the outside, or the hard works of religion, or endless rituals and ceremonies, or forcefully memorising all sorts of prayers. It is the fervent and confident prayers that matter. We serve God based on the feeling in the deepest part of us instead of our emotions and thoughts. We cannot please God if we served Him with the wrong source of serving even if we did the right thing. Spreading gospel is one of the servings we can do. Spreading gospel uses more of our spirit than our soul or body. We affect people with the deepest feeling but not just talking and convincing. Only one that comes from our spirit can touch another’s spirit to create resonance. The concerns of Paul towards Roman churches can be observed through his endless prayers. The way we pray for ministries in churches can tell whether we concern about them or not. Others may not know how we are in our spirit, but God knows. He is the best witness of our spiritual condition.

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