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每日灵粮(2010-08-20):以恩典作为奉献的准则

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每日灵粮(2010-08-20):以恩典作为奉献的准则

 

2 Corinthians 8:7-15 

August - 20



 

THE GRACE-GUIDE FOR GIVING

Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor . . . . 2 Corinthians 8:9



As a business loan officer at a bank, often had access to personal financial information that would show how much a bank customer had given to churches or charities. That experience confirmed a trend that all stewardship studies reveal—the higher the income, the lower the percentage donated to charitable causes. While there are some wealthy people who give generously, the sad fact is that most do not.

 

Church members are often reluctant for pastor to give them specific guidance about giving. Perhaps they are afraid pastor might say, “Give this amount each week,” or “Give this percentage of your income,” or “Give this percentage of your assets,” or “Give on the basis of others’ needs.”

 

Paul’s words need to be our first criterion in deciding how much to give: Remember the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was rich. His balance sheet included the assets of the entire universe. But he gave away all his riches for us. He chose to become one of the poor, one of us. A deeper descent from wealth into poverty cannot be imagined. Jesus took the route of poverty so that we might become rich. Let’s remember that when we decide how much we should give back for the cause of his kingdom. When we do that, the amount we give will always be the right amount.

PRAYER

Lord, help us to give generously out of gratitude for all you have done. Our gifts are small, but please bless them for the sake of your kingdom. In your name, Amen.



哥林多后书   8:7-15

August - 20



 

以恩典作为奉献的准则

「他本来富足,却为你们成了贫穷……」 林后8:9



    作为一间银行商业借贷部的职员,可以经常接触到客户的个人财务资料,这些资料显示银行客户作出多少教会奉献或慈善开支。这个经验证实,所有有关慈惠捐献的研究结果得出的趋势,都是正确的,就是收入愈高的人,他们拨作慈善用途的支出比例便愈低。尽管有些富有的人确实乐善好施,但可悲的事,大多数情况并非如此。

 

    教会会友往往不喜欢牧师在金钱奉献上给予他们具体的指引,或许他们害怕牧师会说:「你每星期要奉献这个数目」、「你要奉献收入的百分之几」、「你要奉献你名下资产的百分之几」,或「你要按着别人的需要来奉献」。

 

    保罗的说话是我们奉献多寡的首要原则:要记念我们主耶稣基督的恩典。耶稣是富足的,祂的收支平衡表包括整个宇宙的资产,但祂为我们舍弃了富足,选择成为贫穷,成为我们的一分子。从富足变成贫穷,这种纾尊降贵是我们无法想象的。耶稣走上贫穷之路,为叫我们可以成为富足。在我们决定要为祂的国度奉献多少金钱时,让我们不要忘记这个事实。当我们如此行,我们的奉献金额便总会是适当的金额。

祷告

主啊,求祢帮助我们因着祢所作的一切而带着感恩的心慷慨地奉献,虽然我们所献上的微不足道,但愿因祢的国度而祝福这些金钱。笑云奉耶稣名求,阿们。

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