Monday 5h October 2020
RESCUE AND RESPONSE
Pastor Soong Kok Kee
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
The sign outside Dave James’s shop in Seattle, Washington, says more about getting your life repaired than it does about fixing your vacuum cleaner, but Dave is in business to do both. The top line of the sign is always the same: Free Bibles Inside. The second line changes and features thoughts such as: Surrender Your Heart for a Brand-New Start.
Over the past decade, Brother James has repaired thousands of vacuum cleaners and given away thousands of Bibles to his customers. It’s his way of saying thanks to the Lord for saving him from destruction. As a successful businessman, Dave James had slipped into a life of drug addiction. “If God hadn’t taken cocaine away from me,” he says, “I’d be dead.” The Lord helped him get clean and find a new beginning. 2 Cor. 5:17 tells of Dave’s dramatic change “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
Every testimony for Christ begins with a rescue followed by a thankful response: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever” Whether our experience of salvation is dramatic or not, the reality remains: “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves” (Col 1:13). Because we have been redeemed, we should want to tell others.
I was at the Church wedding of a Supervisor of a drug rehab centre. He related how as a drug addict, he was disowned by his family and chased out of the village he grew up in, as he would steal anything that could be sold, to buy drugs. He was always on the run and often slept under bridges – his life was worse than a beggar’s. That was until he came to know the Lord through a Christian drug rehab centre. He said half of those attending his wedding that day were former drug addicts who now have a career, are married, have children – something none of them thought were possible until they came to know the Lord through the rehab centre. Again a testimony of 2 Cor 5:17.
Someone had said the most powerful testimony is the testimony of a changed life. The apostle Paul used that to great effect – from a persecutor of Christ to a preacher of Christ. None of his accusers could refute that. What about you my friend? Do your family and close friends see the change in your life before and after you became a Christian?
Dear Lord, thank you for redeeming us from darkness to light. Help us to live a life which is evident of a new creation – that the old has gone and the new has come. And may that change be a silent but powerful testimony of your presence in our lives that would draw our non-Christian family members and friends to you. In the precious name of our Lord Jesus we pray, AMEN.
为基督作的每一个见证都是从拯救开始，然后是感恩的回应：“要感谢上主，因他至善；他的慈爱永远长存。” 无论我们的救赎经历是否戏剧性，事实依然是： *“祂救我们脱离了黑暗的权势，使我们生活在祂爱子的主权下。” *【西1:13】因为我们已经被赎回，所以我们应该告诉别人。
有人说，最有力的见证就是生命转化的见证。使徒保罗活出了这句话，带出了很大的效果 – 从一个基督的逼迫者转化为传扬基督的传道者。他的所有指控者都无法驳斥此事。朋友，您呢？您的家人和密友看见您成为基督徒前后的生命改变吗？
亲爱的主，谢谢祢救赎我们出黑暗入光明。帮助我们活出一个印证新生的生命 – 旧的已经过去，新的已经来临。愿这改变成为祢在我们生命中无声而有力的见证，以吸引非基督徒的家庭成员和朋友就近祢。奉主耶稣的宝贵名祷告。阿门。