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Luke 14 – The Elements of a True Disciple II 路加福音 14 – 真门徒的元素 2

Wednesday, 28th July 2021

Pastor Kathy Poon

Section One V1-6: Have the mindset of Christ

The Pharisees invited Jesus on the Sabbath Day on purpose and brought a sick person. They wanted to test Jesus and see if He would heal people on the Sabbath Day. Jesus knew their schemes but He went anyway. He continued to teach and heal, without being intimated by the Pharisees. Jesus reestablished the meaning of Sabbath Day, this is a day to set people free. On Sundays many people come to church with pain and suffering, but they leave church with joy and hope. Through serving on Sunday, God shows us how real He is!

Section Two V7-11: Don’t think of ourselves more than we should

Jesus saw the guests were choosing seats to sit beside the host, so He taught them the importance of looking at our own positions appropriately. We all have different positions and roles in our lives, but do we always require people’s respect for us wherever we go? Jesus is also teaching us the right attitude we should have for ourselves. When we serve God and others, we should put down the positions and titles we have from this world, see our true identity in God! Those who humble themselves will surely be lifted up by God!

Section Three V12-14: Serve without asking anything in return

In here, Jesus is not telling us not to love our family and friends, but to examine our heart and intention. When we offer and treat others, do we do it because we want people to pay us back? On the other hand, a lot of times when we are doing something we think is worthless, we think it’s too small, do we know that God actually sees and knows everything? We don’t even need to wait until we see Christ, He will show us the glory of life even when we are on this earth! When we are willing to be faithful in little things.

Section Four V15-24: The priority in our lives

We always have a lot of excuses not to attend the Lord’s banquet. Small things in our lives, our ways of living, people, environment, etc. anything might distract us from coming before God, be closer to Him and receive His Word. We want to take care of the things we think is important first, then we will come before God. We need to have our priority right.

Isaiah 25 talks about the Lord’s abundant banquet and providence, for those who come near Him. Every morning, God prepared His abundance for us, but we need to make an offering to come before Him. By sacrificing our sleep, our time, and what we think is important in our lives, and spend time to come before God. God sent His invitation to the people, but they didn’t think they needed to come, so God then sent the invitation to others, who were willing to come.

God has prepared everything, the banquet, the invitation, the clothes… everything for us, we just need to attend it! We must first seek the Kingdom and righteousness of God, let go of what we think is important in the world, and attend God’s banquet!

Section Five V25-35: Paying a price to follow Christ

When we truly follow God, we need to pay the price. God does not tell us not to love our family, but our priority in life needs to adjust. When our priority is right, then no matter what we do, what we say, who we interact with… we can make the right decisions and have the right responses. God wants us to experience His abundance, but we tend to focus on the problems we are facing in front of us, instead of listen to God for His better way out! God’s power, wisdom, providence and presence is right here, and He is calling us to come before Him! All He provides for us can help us to go through the day. God will give us the right words to say and the right things to do, we just need to come!

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, You see what we can do with our hands are limited, and You see the love in our hearts is lacking. But Lord, we are willing to let go of all our positions, our titles, and our ambitions, instead, we come before Your cross and bow down, to admit our weaknesses and our sinful nature. Cleanse us and anoint us, Lord, only through You we can release abundant power. Take our focus away from the things of the world, let us come into Your banquet, adjust our mindset and know only You are the source of our wisdom, our providence, our abundance and all our needs. We are willing to accept Your invitation. Lord, give us Your guidance and influence to our environment. Help us so our hearts are for You, our decisions and responses to this world are from You. Amen.

2021年7月28日 星期三

-Kathy师母-

路加福音 14

真门徒的元素 2

一、v.1-6 以基督的心为心

这其实是一场鸿门宴,法利赛人的首领故意在安息日请耶稣,还在他面前请了一个患水臌的人,想要“窥探他”。耶稣面对人的试探,仍然进行医治和教导。提摩太后书1:7说,“因为神赐给我们不是胆怯的心,乃是刚强、仁爱、谨守的心”,耶稣面对人对他设下的陷阱和满心恶意,存的是刚强的心,面对生病的人,他满有怜悯。在路加福音4:18-19讲到耶稣在安息日进会堂的时候,宣读了以赛亚书的经文“主的灵在我身上,因为他用膏膏我,叫我传福音给贫穷的人,差遣我报告被掳的得释放、瞎眼的得看见,叫那受压制的得自由, 报告神悦纳人的禧年”,在接下来的安息日他常刻意做医治释放的工作。耶稣在重新定义安息日 – 这是一个使人得医治释放的日子。我们是以什么态度对待主日?我们要恢复耶稣在安息日所行的,使那些带着压制、痛苦来到教会的人在参加主日后重新有自由喜乐和盼望,让人借着我们的服事看到神是真神。

二、v.7-11 看自己合乎中道

耶稣见来的客人挑席位中在主人旁边的那个最重要的位置来坐,就教导他们。我们看自己是谁?我们每个人在社会上都有一定的职位、头衔,但我们是否到每一个场合都要带着这些世上的身份让人来尊敬自己?耶稣在教导我们该有的心态,当我们服事神的时候,这一切我们都要放下,脱下社会给我们的头衔、冠冕,知道自己不过是普通人。“自高的”人对自己没有一个正确的判断,以为自己经验丰富就要得到人的尊荣;“自卑的”人指的是谦卑的人,会正确的看自己,知道自己能够走到今天是因为神的大能。当我们看自己合乎中道,在神面前脱下自以为是的外袍,就“必升为高”。

三、v.12-14 服事人不求回报

这里不是说我们不跟朋友吃饭,而是教导我们鉴察自己内心的动机。我们常常会怀着想要得到回报的心态去请人吃饭,耶稣教导我们,我们的服事是不求回报的,只是单单为了服事、分享,正如主在地上所行的那样。我们是否愿意做那些别人看不见的服事?人看不见的时候,天父会看见,而他所给的报答必然比人能够给我们的报答要丰盛得多。正如歌罗西书所说,凡我们所做的,不是给人做的,而是给主做的。当我们在自己不明白、在别人眼盲不知感恩的时候仍然忠心在自己的岗位上做好每一件小事,就能经过历练,长大成熟。“到义人复活”不是等到进入永生之后,而是我们的生命中原本已经死亡的地方借由一件件小事的历练经历复活的时候,在今生就尝到主恩的滋味。

四、v.15-24 生命中的优先次序

在耶稣的比喻里,有三种人对请客的人找借口推辞。当耶稣为我们预备丰盛宴席的时候,我们总会找一些借口(比如生活中的柴米油盐酱醋茶或者惯有的生活模式)不去赴神的宴席(比如参加晨祷),这样的优先次序是错误的。以赛亚书25:6-8说:“在这山上,万军之耶和华必为万民用肥甘设摆筵席,用陈酒和满髓的肥甘,并澄清的陈酒设摆筵席。 他又必在这山上,除灭遮盖万民之物和遮蔽万国蒙脸的帕子。 他已经吞灭死亡,直到永远,主耶和华必擦去各人脸上的眼泪,又除掉普天下他百姓的羞辱,因为这是耶和华说的。”上帝要用他的丰盛来供应他的百姓,我们要做的是负上代价来回应,而不是找借口拒绝。V21 – “那贫穷的、残废的、瞎眼的、瘸腿的”指的就是那些知道自己有需要的人。耶稣为我们预备宴席,也预备了礼服,他要除去我们生命里一切的羞愧和死亡,只为让我们能够尝到神的丰盛。我们经历不到神的丰盛,是因为我们常用生命中次要的东西代替了最重要的事,就是神给我们的祝福。

五、v.25-35 负上代价真实跟随

“有极多的人和耶稣同行”,但他们并不是真正的跟随。真正的跟随需要负上代价,就好像要盖一座楼和去出兵打仗前都要计算一下看自己需要付出的代价是多少。我们不是不去爱我们的家人,而是我们的优先次序要摆对。当我们的心对准神,不断与神交通,才知道神的心意,进入他的丰盛。我们遇到问题前不是马上跳进去埋头解决,而是先来到神面前,他会供应我们一天所需的力量和智慧,使我们事半功倍,也能将神的恩典释放到我们周围。

V34-35 盐如果没有咸味,虽然外表是盐的样子,却失去了功用。我们作为耶稣的门徒,不能只是表面的跟随,而是要在里面有一个跟随主的生命。正如耶稣说的,“凡不背着自己十字架跟从我的,也不能做我的门徒”(v27)。我们要对主说我们愿意放下自己生活中的琐事、习惯,负上代价来追求跟随主。

*追求祷告

亲爱的主耶稣我们感谢赞美你!我们再次定睛在你的十字架,我们的心降服于你,我们屈膝跪拜,说这是我们的手、这是我的心。我们愿意谦卑来到你的面前,脱下一切属世的外袍,一切人加给我们的冠冕。主你将我们从粪堆中提拔出来,你看到我们里面一切的污秽,求主在你的丰盛筵席和圣洁里面洁净我们,让你的大能借着我们的手释放出去。主你知道我们生命的光景,我们的时间被夺走、精力被生活琐事消磨,但我们愿意调整我们的优先次序,知道你是我们生命一切祝福、供应、智慧的源头。我们谦卑来到你的宴席面前,说“在神国里吃饭的有福了”,我们每天能够来晨祷是有福的!愿你那同在的满足要释放在我们弟兄姐妹的生命里。帮助我们的心对焦与你,明白你的心意,对这个世界做正确的回应,让我们得享你宴席的饱足!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿门!