Wednesday, March 30, 2005

4/40 & 5/40

Made to last forever

When you fully comprehend that there is more to life than just here and now, and you realize that life is just preparation for eternity, you will begin to live differently. you will start living in light of eternity, and that will color how you handle every relationship, tasks, and circumstance. Suddenly many activites, goals, and even problems that seemed so important will appear trivial, petty, and unworthy of your attention. The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears.


祂竟不去計較我的自私,我的自負,我的不負責任,我的心硬,我的厚顏,我對祂的傷害; 每天每天等,等我明白祂的愛,和祂為我所預備永恆的生命。 我能不感動嗎?

"This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever." 1 John 2:17 (NLT)

Seeing life from God's view

The Bible offers three metaphors that teach us God's view of life: Life is a test, life is a trust, and life is a temporary assignment.
Life is a test:
When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant for your character development. Every day is an important day, and every second is a growth opportunity to deepen your character, to demostrate love, or to depend on God.
The good news is that God wants you to pass the tests of life, so he never allows the tests you face to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them.

除了這本the purpose driven life之外,我同時在讀Philip Yancy的What's so amazing about Grace?,邊讀邊對恩典有一個更深入的了解和體會。
神給我們的恩典是白白給我們的,祂叫日頭照好人,也照壞人。 沒有一個人可以因為自己有多好或多強或多乖而多得神的恩典, 而神從來也不會因為我們有多壞或多頹或多頑固而減少給我們恩典。我們不能做甚麼叫神愛我們更多,同時,我們也沒有甚麼可做去叫神對我們少愛一點。
祂的恩典可以是無限大的,足夠我們面對任何試煉。而我相信,所有試煉的終極目的,除了叫我們學得更堅強之外,就是要叫我們更清楚自己的不足,更看見祂的恩典夠用,從而更認識主 -- the Amazing God of Grace.



Ma Lau said...

"祂叫日頭照好人,也照壞人。 "

I agree that the best thing about His grace is that it doesn't require anything from our part. But I also know that for some people, that's the exact thing that they can't accept: that no matter what we do, we cannot gain more from God, hence no motivation to be a good person... :(

viv said...

在這個功利社會生活,我們每一個也很會計算,付出和收入不成正比,我們叫"not fair!!!"的聲音可以大得嚇人。
但事實是在神眼中從來也沒有所謂的fair or unfair。在祂來說,我們沒有一人是better than the other or worse than any other,因為祂的standard如此高,單單是十誡,就沒有一個人可以說靠一己之力能完全做到吧?!如果祂來跟我們算公平,我(不說別人)就只deserve祂掩面不看了吧...

正因如此,若一個人不能理解或接受這個天地間有一位慈愛的創造主的話,他/她所謂的"to be a good person"就只可以是世俗眼中的good or bad,which could be changed anytime; 或甚至乎是一種自我滿足的good or bad了吧。

Ma Lau said...

ya... but there're also those who thinks that once we're saved it doesn't matter what we do anymore... so sad... :(

viv said...

if you have time, i would like to lend you this book that i am reading now (almost finish) - What's so amazing about God.

Ma Lau said...

thx in advance then ^_^