Monday 19th October 2020
Title: ON LOAN
Ps Soong Kok Kee

Psalm 89: 11
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.

We are surrounded every day by things that don’t belong to us, yet we call them ours. For instance, I refer to the computer I am using to write this devotion as “my computer.” I talk about “my office”, “my desk”, “my printer” and “my phone”. But none of these equipment really belongs to me. While I work here, it’s mine to use but not mine to keep. It is on loan.

It’s the same with all the things we call our own. When we speak of our family, our house, or our car, we are speaking of people and things God has allowed us to enjoy while here on earth, but they really belong to Him. Notice the psalmist’s praise to God, “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth”.

Understanding who really holds the title to all we possess should change our thinking. Just as we are aware that our employer lets us use equipment to help us work more efficiently, so also should we be aware that everything we have is given to us to serve our Lord. Our time, our talents, our spiritual gifts, our possessions, and even our family are all on loan from God so that we can all do His work more effectively.

The parable of the Talents (Matt 25:14-30) clearly says that the Master “entrusted his property” to his three servants (v 14) and the servants knew that, for when the Master came back, the first servant said “Master, you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.” (v 20).

All that we have today are entrusted to us, on loan to us, blessings for us, so we can all do what the Lord has put us here to do. And one day, we all need to stand before our Master and give an account of all that had been entrusted to us. May we all be like Paul who can unashamedly say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing (2 Tim 4: 7-8). Are we all ready for that day?

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us that all we have today, all that you have blessed us with are not soley for us to use. We are to use it for your glory. We are to use it so that more people can come to know you as Lord and Saviour, more people may be blessed and helped, especially in this time of the pandemic. Help us to share your love and blessings with those around us who are in dire need of your love and blessings too. In Jesus precious name we pray, AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年10月19日
标题:暂借
讲员:宋国基牧师
翻译:郑振隆弟兄

【诗89:11】
天属你,地也属你;世界和其中所充满的都为你所建立。

我们每天都被不属于我们的东西环绕着,然而我们却称它们为我们所拥有的。例如,我称我用来写这“每日灵粮”的电脑为”我的电脑”。我谈及”我的办公室”、”我的办公桌”、”我的打印机” 和”我的手机”。但是这些设备其实没有一件是真正属于我的。我在这里工作期间,这些设备是供我使用,不是供我保有,是借用的。

这和所有我们称之为自己的东西一样。当我们谈论到我们的家庭、我们的房子,或我们的汽车,我们乃是谈论到上帝允许我们在世上时所能享受的人和事物,但是这一切其实都是属于主的。注意诗人对上帝的赞美,”天属你,地也属你”。

了解到谁真正拥有我们所拥有的一切之所有权应该会改变我们的想法。正如我们意识到我们的雇主允许我们使用设备来帮助我们更有效率地工作一样,我们也应该知道,我们所拥有的一切都是为了让我们用来服侍我们的主。我们的时间、我们的才干、我们的恩赐、我们的产业,甚至我们的家庭都是从上帝暂借来的,以便我们能更有效地做主的工作。

才干的比喻(马太25:14-30)明确指出,主人把“家业委托”于他的三位仆人(第14节),仆人们都明白这事;所以当主人回来时,第一个仆人说:”主人,你交给我五千银子。请看,我又赚了五千。“(20节)

今天我们所拥有的都是托付给我们的,暂借给我们的,是给我们的祝福,以致我们可以做主要我们在这里做的事。有一天,我们都需要站在主人面前,对所托付给我们的一切向主人交账。愿我们都像保罗一样,可以无愧地说: “那美好的仗我已经打过了,当跑的路我已经跑尽了,该信的道我已经守住了。从此以后,有公义的冠冕为我存留,就是按着公义审判的主到了那日要赐给我的,不但赐给我,也赐给凡爱慕他显现的人。”【提后4:7-8】。 我们都准备好迎接那一天了吗?

祷告:

亲爱的主,感谢祢的提醒,今天我们所拥有的一切,祢所祝福我们的一切,都不是单单让我们独自享用的。我们要用它来荣耀祢。我们要用它来让更多的人认识祢是主和救赎主,更多的人可以得到祝福和帮助,特别是在这一大流感疫情的时候。帮助我们能与周围急需祢的爱和祝福的人分享祢的爱和祝福。奉耶稣宝贵的名祷告,阿门。

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