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收拾行裝的藝術

外遊是溫哥華的華人普遍活動。回想一月時我往英國參加外甥的畢業典禮,難得與家人一起旅遊。六周的行程,期間轉機數次,航空公司只容許我寄存一件行李,相信你和我一樣,預備行裝更花心思。

整裝待發

行程的目的、細節、必備物品、在行李限尺限重的要求下,收拾行裝便是一種智慧。我從溫哥華出發,首先回到温暖的香港探望父母,接著卸下夏衣換上冬裝,等待向冬季的歐洲出發。

到了英國,一月的天氣仍然寒冷,幸好我帶著我喜歡的一個暖杯。在行程緊湊時,手中的暖暖咖啡,寒冷時、喝一口、悠閒時、在車上、在街上,杯不離手! 暖入心的感覺真爽。如果你也喜歡在寒冬手裏拿著一杯咖啡,我想你會明白我的感受。 每天早起,我必然在房裡先清洗我的暖杯,才帶到酒店的餐廳,盛載香濃的咖啡。盛載完咖啡,再淸洗我的暖杯,預備盛載清水。接著下一行程,我又收拾行裝,因地方淺窄,在洗手間內清洗暖杯時不留神把杯掉進坐厠裡。行李箱內沒有更能清洗的工具,便到附近葯房買了消毒火酒為杯消毒,拿起杯來,嗅到酒精的味道,打算再清洗,洗了又洗,清洗完的暖杯仍不想用。無奈地我把這隻美麗的暖杯收回行李內,還是到附近的商店購買另一隻小杯。行李箱每件貼身衣物和用具,清潔是必要的。反思我是一個罪人,對清潔也有一定的要求,尚且不能接受 一隻不完全清潔的暖杯,何況我們聖潔的天父,祂又如何使用一個不潔淨的器皿呢?

我們要警醒常自潔、願成為天父所用的小杯、隨主而行。器皿必然要潔淨,才能盛載福音、必常潔淨才被神所悅納。正如第二屆世界福音洛桑會議的宣言《洛桑信约》中,為福音齊心努力。然而,感到歡欣是,福音即使是放在我們不完全的器皿裏 (一隻暖杯),神看仍然是寶貝。願意大家重新奉獻自己,借著聖靈的能力,將這天國福音顯明出來。

 

Lizzy 1

 

今天聖靈仍借著聖經說話,福音佈道工具也與時並進。聖靈使我們看見上帝的旨意,面對疫情期間人與人的連繫交流,速度奇快並非你我可以想像,省卻了交通上的時間,除了時差-你我零距離。

機遇如何把握 ? 傳福音的工具也延伸至網上,短宣中心分享如何透過電話或網絡,我們關心鄰舍,分享見證。 讓我再看見要收割的未得之民,何其遼闊,傳福音者盛載著聖靈的能力、傳遞福音的大能。 讓我們懷著同理心,不願一人沉淪,但願人人得救,透過今天網絡發展的機遇 一日千里,何不先裝備,透過教會和信徒静待主用!

「卸下」、「盛載」、「傳遞」

享受一個悠長旅程的關鍵莫過於出發前的預備,回天家的路也是一樣。

外遊前收拾行裝也必然先倒空行李箱,騰出空間。同樣,傳揚基督的人也必須謙卑地倒空自己,以基督的愛和真誠去服事別人。作神的器皿,必先「卸下」老我、脫離罪我,才能「盛載」福音「傳遞」至萬邦。作「傳遞」天國訊息的僕人,首要並非能言善辯,經文背誦如流,而是「儆醒」、「自潔」,成為潔淨的器皿、合乎主用。提摩太後書二章21:「人若自潔、脫離卑賤的事、就必作貴重的器皿、成為聖潔、合乎主用、預備行各樣的善事。」才能盛載著耶穌基督給我們的大使命,去使萬民作衪的門徒(馬太福音二十八章19節),途中經歷與神同工 、在遠在近、作主見證。

 

Lizzy 2

 

從歐洲返回溫哥華,我也轉換了身份,由客旅轉變成了短宣的傳道身份。 這話實在有點不妥,想了一想、我突然清晰了我的錯誤。讓我糾正一下,不是轉換了身份,而是在既有的身份上添加了另一個身份。因為你和我都原是客旅,寄居在地上,天國才是我們的故鄉,因耶穌基督的愛,我們藉祂得著回天家的道路。在途中我們不斷整理行裝,先倒空行李箱「卸下」才能「盛載」,再踏上「傳遞」福音的旅程,效法基督的愛,福音傳遞使全地聽見主聲音,彰天國與主同行 。

親愛的弟兄姊妹,不要看重眼前的挑戰或疫情或苦難,這一切無阻我們與基督的愛。 你的行裝整理了嗎? 卸下憂愁 、往上仰望,甚願被主「修剪乾淨,為要結更多果子。」約十五:1-2 。福音是從上而來,主的恩典必夠我們使用,既然行裝整頓,恩典的糧草足夠,普世宣教的大軍合一、邁向前、不歇步,彰顯天國大能,成就祂的國度。

願至高之處榮耀頌讚歸與神,願地上平安歸與祂喜悅的人。

 

(陳潔冰傳道,溫哥華短宣中心粵語事工牧者)

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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