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每日灵粮(2010-09-17):时代的标志

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每日灵粮(2010-09-17):时代的标志

 

1 Peter 2:4-10 

September - 17



 

            SIGNS OF THE TIMES

"You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house..." 1 Peter 2:5



During the summer months in North America, roadways are often narrowed by rows of orange barrels and cones. One sign that travelers don’t like to see is “Road Construction Ahead,” knowing it means detours, traffic jams, and impatient drivers in the blistering heat. But roadwork is necessary for keeping streets and highways in good repair or improving traffic flow.

 

In our reading for today, Peter is speaking to struggling followers of Jesus who have discovered that the road ahead is full of unwelcome rough spots. In fact, they are experiencing so much suffering and hardship that it seems as if their entire lives are “under construction.” But Peter encourages them with the reminder that their lives are undergoing renovation. Jesus, the master builder, is remodeling them into “a spiritual house” that reflects his own image.

 

Followers of Jesus are formed as living stones for the Master’s service. Peter encourages us that the worldly way of life does not compare to the life Jesus would shape in us. Although life can be painfu while “under construction,” the result, in Christ, is a beautiful “people belonging to God.” Our lives are the building material from which Jesus molds a people who will make a difference in the world, who are “called . . . out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

 

                     PRAYER

Lord, thank you for choosing me to declare your praises. Please continue your construction in my life, that I may become more and more like you. In your name, Amen.



彼得前书   2:4-10

September - 17



 

                  时代的标志

「你们来到主面前,也就像活石,被建造成为灵宫……」彼前2:5



在欧美的夏季,成行成列的橙色圆椎筒常常令行车道路变得狭窄。驾车人士不喜欢看见的一个标志是「前方修路」,因为这些标志意味着要饶路而行、交通挤塞,及酷热的天气下满是烦躁的驾车人士。可是,为了令街道和高速公路保持良好状态及改善交通情况,修路工程是必须的。

 

在我们今天所读的经文中,彼得是对努力跟随耶稣的人说话,他们发现前面的路途重重险阻,崎岖不平。事实上,他们尝过许多苦头和辛酸,他们整个人生彷如在「修建工程进展中」。可是,彼得鼓励他们,他们的人生正在进行翻新工程,而总建筑师耶稣要把他们建造成「灵宫」,彰显祂自己的形象。

 

跟随耶稣的人被建造成可以事奉主的活石。彼得鼓励我们,世人的生活方式比不上耶稣为我们建造的生命。尽管在「工程进展中」的人生是痛苦的,但我们最终却可成为在基督里美丽的「属神的子民」。我们的人生好比建筑材料,耶稣把我们陶造成为一群令世界改变的子民,是「出黑暗入奇妙光明」的人。

 

                     祷告

主啊,感谢祢拣选我去传扬祢的美名。求祢继续在我的生命中动工,好叫我更像祢。笑云奉祢的名求,阿们。



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