Nov 14th 2020 Saturday
Title: Blessed Calling
By Pastor Andrew Lim
Translator: Irene Hong

We must be thankful that God has called us throughout our entire lives; He has called us while we are still in our mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13-16
For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.

Gal 1:15
But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace, was pleased.

God called me by His grace in my work, ministry and spirit with ethical marking. So we have to act in accordance to the blessed calling.

God’s calling sanctifies us; it is His calling that had made us holy. When we received this calling we are giving up the filthiness to live a holy life. We are Christian because God has called us. Peter told us: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. (1Peter 2:9) Since we are specially chosen, we must live a life that is equivalent to our calling.

Our lives owill end one day whether they are long or short, we are waiting for grace to be called back to heavenly home.

Many people do not want to leave this dazzling world, if it can be extended then it would be best to extend for as long as possible, while many had died due to heart attack or stroke, and others died in accident. There were others that died due to various kinds of illness, passed away slowly and painfully. Among them are the terminally ill patients who are longing forward to the day of death to arrive early so that they may no longer suffer from their illness and pain. Many others hope for death to come as death may be a good relief.

Death to the Christian is just merely opening of a prison cell door to release the soul that was trapped in the “fleshly prison” to the everlasting freedom in heaven. Death release us from the bondage of sin, to receive the true freedom to live with our savior forever in our heavenly home, enjoying the perfect everlasting joy.

The promise of Jesus: “ In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3)

The place where Jesus has prepared for us:
“God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” and:
“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Blessed are those that trust Jesus for they will have His calling in their entire life.

Prayer
Lord, Because of your calling in my life, even though at times I have faced pain, suffering, danger and sickness while running this heavenly path, but I know You will never forsake me nor leave me, Your grace is sufficient for my use, Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. I want to live every day with a thankful heart. Thanks and pray in the precious name of Jesus. Amen!

每日灵修
星期六 202011月14日
标题: 蒙福的恩召
作者: 林金仪牧师

我们要感恩一生都有上帝的恩召,我们在母腹之时,祂已经恩召我们。

詩 篇 139:13-16「我的肺腑是你所造的;我在母腹中,你已覆庇我。 我要稱謝你,因我受造,奇妙可畏;你的作為奇妙,這是我心深知道的。 我在暗中受造,在地的深處被聯絡;那時,我的形體並不向你隱藏。 我未成形的體質,你的眼早已看見了;你所定的日子,我尚未度一日,你都寫在你的冊上了。」

加拉太書 1:15「然而,那把我從母腹裏分別出來、又施恩召我的上帝」

我在工作、事奉和灵里都有上帝的恩召并带有道德印记。所以我们的行事为人,必须要与所蒙的恩召相称。

上帝的恩召将我们分别为圣,是上帝的恩召使我们成圣的。领受恩召就等于放弃污秽,从此过一种圣洁的生活,我们之所以成为基督徒,是因为上帝恩召了我们。彼得告诉我们:「然而你们是蒙拣选的族类,是君尊的祭司,是圣洁的国民,是属上帝的子民,为要叫你们宣扬那召你们出黑暗入奇妙光明者的美德。」(彼前2:9)既然我们是特别蒙拣选的,就要活出与所蒙的恩召相称。

我们的生命无论长或短,终有一日将会结束,所以在等待蒙恩召回天家。

很多人不想离开花花世界,能够延長就尽量延長,但有的人因心脏病或中风而猝死 , 有的人死于意外。也有的人因患某种疾病, 缓慢痛苦地死去。其中,得绝症的病患者,心里更期待着死亡早日的到来,让他们能脱离病痛的煎熬。还有些人盼望着死亡的来临,觉得死亡是一个美好的解脱。

死亡对基督徒只是打开一扇牢房的门,把困在“肉体监狱”里的灵魂释放到永恒自由的天堂。死亡使我们脱离罪的捆绑,得真正的自由与我们的救主在天家永远同住,享受完美永恒的喜乐。

耶稣的应许: 在我父的家里有许多住处,若是没有,我就早已告诉你们了;我去原是为你们预备地方去。我若去为你们预备了地方,就必再来接你们到我那里去。我在那里,叫你们也在那里。約翰福音 
14:2-3  

在耶稣为我们预备的地方那里:
「神要擦去我们一切的眼泪;不再有死亡,也不再有悲哀、哭号、疼痛,因为以前的事都过去了。」并且 :
「我一生一世必有恩惠慈爱随着我;我且要住在耶和华的殿中,直到永远。」

信靠耶稣的人是何等的蒙福,一生都有上帝的恩召。
 
祷告:主啊,因为一生都拥有有您的恩召,所以在奔跑天路时虽然有时会遇到痛苦、困难、危险、和病痛,但知道您总不撇下我,也不丢弃我,您的恩典也够我用,我的一生一世有您的恩惠慈爱随着。我要以感恩的心活好每一天。感恩祷告是奉耶稣宝贵的名。阿门。

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