《感恩節靈修默想》:「今日有誰樂意將自己獻給耶和華呢?」(代上29:5b)

默想一: 基督徒對金錢奉獻的態度是什麼?首先我們認清自己不是金錢的主人,神才是主人。我們只是祂金錢的管家,我們是把原來屬於神的,按祂心意放在祂要使用的地方。其實不只金錢, 我們一切的生命氣息、智慧、能力、工作、家庭、 時間、精力都是來自神。我們存感恩的心獻上這一切,使主的名得榮耀。

默想二:金錢奉獻對你是件很掙扎的事嗎?要如何克服這個心理障礙?在金錢奉獻之前, 照神的旨意先把自己當活祭獻給神,那麼其他的奉獻包括金錢就會變成甘心樂意的擺上。這就是保羅所說:「所以弟兄們,我以神的慈悲勸你們,將身體獻上,當作活祭,是聖潔的,是神所喜悅的;你們如此事奉乃是理所當然的」(羅12:1)

禱告: 父神,我算什麼?袮竟顧念我?為此,「我要在萬民中稱謝袮,在列邦中歌頌袮。因為袮的慈愛高及諸天,袮的誠實達到穹蒼」(詩57:9-10). 求袮幫助我,並賜我樂意的心在任何的時候、任何的地方被袮使用。我深信袮的應許「施比受更為有福!」(徒20:35)。禱告是奉主耶穌的名,阿們!

《Thanksgiving Season Meditation》:  “Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?” (1Ch 29:5b)

Meditation one: What is the attitude of Christians towards the offering of money? First of all we recognize that we are not the owners of the money, but God is the master. We are just His stewards of money, and we just put what originally belonged to God to the place where He wants to use it. In fact, not only money, but all of our breath of life, wisdom, ability, work, family, time, and energy come from God. We offer everything with a heart of gratitude to glorify the Name of the Lord.

Meditation two: Is it a struggle for you to offer money? How to overcome this emotional obstacle? Before offering money, first consecrate yourself as a living sacrifice to God according to God’s will, and then other offerings, including money, will be able to set forth willingly of your own accord. This is what Paul said: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Rom 12: 1)

Prayer: God my Father, who am I that You are mindful of me? For this reason, “I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” (Psa 57: 9-10) Help me and give me a willing heart to be used by You at anytime, anywhere. I am confident of Your promise that “It is more blessed to give than to receive!” (Act 20:35). I prayer is in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen!


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