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從「講道王子」施布真學謙卑

 

 

第一次讀施布真的傳記,他的謙卑成了我的學習 :

 

“I was reading an article in a newspaper, very much in my praise.  It always makes me feel sad, sad that I could cry, if ever I see anything praising me; it breaks my heart.  I feel I do not deserve it, and then I say : Now I must try to do better, so that I may deserve it.”

 

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“In our country,” an American minister said, “there are many opinions as to the secret of your great influence.  Would you be good enough to give me your own point of view?”

 

After a moment’s pause, Spurgeon said, “my people pray for me.”

 

His answer showed the humility of the man and the value he placed in the prayers of others.

 

* * *

 

I frequently sit hour after hour praying and waiting for a subject, …

 

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施布真的謙卑,深深改變了我。我隨即想起了幾件,要把所學的付諸行動 :

 

匿名的見證

 

我常把以往投稿到報刊的幾十篇見證,影印給有需要的弟兄姊妹,為了推動他們事奉。自從讀到施布真的謙卑後,我把自己的名字,從所有見證上塗掉。因為寫見證的目的,只是為了激勵讀者,作者是誰,對他們並不重要,反正目的達到了,我便功成身退。

 

鼓勵 + 祈禱

 

以前,我只希望透過這些分享鼓勵他人,現在我學會進一步,邀請收到的朋友,為我祈禱,使我的使命,不會受任何困難影響而鬆懈,甚至放棄。

 

陌生人的問候

 

我喜歡關心別人,除了是因為衪的愛所改造外,也由於自己是「過來人」。自信主以來,常經憂患,令我對其他人的擔憂和掛慮、問題和傷感,有不一樣的同情和體諒,也切實地體會神的愛和人的關心,確實能助人跨越一切的障礙。

 

滋潤心田

 

因此寫幾句問候和鼓勵的話,給認識或不認識的人,甚至探訪,為對方加加油,打打氣,溫暖一下對方的心靈,對我而言,是極自然不過的事。

 

素未謀面的天使

 

不過,對於素未謀面的弟兄姊妹,現在,我學會除了自己的名字外,刻意不把任何聯絡方法寫在咭上,目的是盼望對方收到後,將一切的驚喜、多謝、感激歸給神。又希望藉此讓他們知道神並沒有忘記他(),而且常顧念他們,派天使如我這些陌生人,為他們打氣。至於天使是誰,已經不再重要了,天使只是執行感動的差役,總之對方知道是神派來的使者便足夠了!

 

人的稱讚  vs  神的恩典

 

愈來愈發現,人的稱讚和欣賞,會令人容易驕傲,將成效歸功於自己,忘了最初正確的事奉動機,更忘記一切全是恩典。沒有衪,跟本不可能會有今日的我。

 

His praise I care    vs    dessert

 

因此,我漸漸學習在沒有掌聲或期望之下付出,學會事奉中真正I  care的讚賞者是神,況且神說 : 「我實在告訴你們,這些事你們既作在我造弟兄中一個最小的身上,就是作在我身上了。」(馬太福音2540)  Oh! 有祂知道和欣賞已經足夠鼓舞了! (當然,話說回來,人的多謝,也會是很好的bonus dessert)

 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23-24

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“Therefore bear in mind, no works of ours, no merit of ours, have any value in the eyes of God – for all is of grace, and all the merit is that of the Lord Jesus, flowing not from us to God but from God to us.”

 

* * *

Spurgeon had decided his burial site would be the grounds of the Stockwell Orphanage.  “Many would come to look at the grave and then would help the orphans in whom he took so deep an interest.”

 

Shortly before his death he had whispered to his secretary, “Remember, a plain stone.  C.H.S. and no more; no fuss.”

 

(寫於2004年,讀完Charles Spurgeon一書後。)

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