Thursday, 11 March 2021
Title: The Destination is Better than the Journey
By Dr. Tho Lye Mun

There is a famous quote that goes, “life is not about the destination, it’s about the journey”. This exhorts the listener to appreciate and enjoy the process rather than constantly fret about the outcome. This alludes to Christian living too, in the sense that our life on earth is a process of sanctification and to carry out the good works laid out for us. However, Jesus clearly instructs us to live our lives here on earth, with a constant eye on heaven. In fact, Jesus mentions heaven numerous times in the New Testament, as if this was an important part of the curriculum He needed to impart to us.

Even though we labour on earth, Jesus tells us not to lay up our treasures here, but in heaven. This will ensure our heart will belong there too (Matthew 6:19-21)

Jesus is clear that our ultimate rewards are bestowed upon us in heaven “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:12)

And Jesus mentions the love of God towards children as “their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)

The bible tells us “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (NLT Revelations 21:4)

Nobody likes thinking about death, many cultures ascribe “pantangs” surrounding the topic. Not least when someone receives the diagnosis of cancer, which is what I see daily as an oncologist. Some people cope by avoiding the topic and blocking out any negative news whilst focusing on “healing and recovery” which unfortunately, is not to be. Some become disheartened when God does not answer their prayers for healing, and worse, blame themselves for not having enough faith to believe that He can indeed cure them.

I think we can rest assured, that God will never leave us nor forsake us. And He is closer to us in our time of trials, more than we realise. I think we can rest assured that our journey in life will end one day, but this will mark the beginning of our journey in heaven. Death is frequently characterised by the pain of loss especially separation from our closest and most loved. But let us be assured Jesus felt this pain too… and “he wept” (John 11:35). Be assured knowing all this, He has a better plan for all of us. And that plan will be revealed one day, just have faith.

每日灵粮
2021年3月11日,星期四*
题目:终点胜于旅程
作者:陶乃文医生
翻译:吴淑娉姐妹

有句名言:"人生不在乎终点,在乎于旅程。"(不要担心是否能到达终点,要尽量欣赏及享受沿途上的风景),这鼓励人不需为事情的结果而担心,要着重于做事的经过。这态度可以引申到基督徒生活,因为在某种意义上,我们在世的生活是一个要成为圣洁(成圣,sanctification)的过程、并要完成一些上帝委派给我们的差事。但是,耶稣很明确的作出提醒,我們即使处身于俗世,却要时刻放眼天国。在新约圣经中,耶稣曾多次提及天国,就好像是祂对我们的教诲其中重要的一环。

即使我们在世上辛劳工作,耶稣告诉我们不要把财宝贮在这里,要把它放在天国,这将确保我们的心也属于那里。(马太福音6:19-21)

耶稣非常清楚,我们将会在天国领受最大的奖励,"应当欢喜快乐,因为你们在天上的赏赐是大的。"(马太福音5: 12″)

耶稣提到了上帝对孩子的爱:"你们不可轻看这小子(即小孩子)里的一个,我告诉你们,他们的使者在天上常见我天父的面。" (马太福音18 : 10 )

圣经告诉我们:"上帝要擦去他们一切的眼泪,不再有死亡、也不再有悲哀、哭号或疼痛,因为以前的事都过去了。"(启示录21:4)

没有人喜欢思考死亡,而"死亡"这话题也是多种文化的忌諱,尤其是当某人被诊断患上癌症时——这是我作为一个肿瘤科医生每天遇到的情形,一些人的反应是:回避这话题,掩耳不听任何负面的资讯,"只专注治疗和康复", 不幸的是,他们所期待的康复没有实现;有人因上帝没有答允他们要求治愈的祷告而感到灰心沮丧,更糟糕的是,他们以为这是因为自己信心不足而怪责自己。

我认为我们可以放心:上帝永远不会离开或抛弃我们,当我们遇到试炼时,祂会与我们、甚至比我们想像中更加亲近;我们可以放心,因为当有一天我们在世上的旅程结束时,通往天国的行程亦旋即为我们展开;死亡带给人最大的痛楚是"失去"的感觉,要与至亲至爱分离,但请你放心,耶稣能体会这巨大的痛楚——祂哭了(约翰福音11 : 35 ),不要担心:耶稣为我们各人准备了更美好的计划,这计划将在某一天公布,只要信。