Thursday, 27 May 2021
Title: Killing Lions
By Dr. Tho Lye Mun

The Maasai clan in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania are respected for being fearless warriors. “The Maasai have always been special. Their bright red robes set them apart visually. Spear in hand, they are calm and courageous regardless of danger” writes the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. The way for a Maasai boy to achieve warrior status was to single-handedly kill a lion with his spear. Many would be scarred in the process and they carry these scars for life with pride. The turning point for David in the bible was when he faced Goliath single-handedly and brought him down. David went on to be one of the greatest kings in the history of the bible.

Every boy in his quest to be a man longs for a narrative of adventure, overcoming dangers and beating the odds. It’s in the core of our DNA to forge a unique path that no one else has tread. We are not excited when things come easy. It’s in our nature to take risks and to take on challenges where others think is impossible. It makes us feel alive. Whether it’s in sport, developing a skill, a career, building a successful business, climbing Everest, driving a fast car, or fighting for the hand of the beautiful girl he thought would never give him the time of the day. These are our modern day lions.

For this to happen, every boy will have to come face to face with his fears. The fear of rejection, the fear of failure, the fear of not being good enough. This is inevitable. He has to struggle to turn self-doubt into belief. To navigate through obstacles and uncertainty, to fall, to pick himself up and then come out on top.

The disciples were not ready to take on the world when Jesus met them. They were but “boys”, in the figurative sense of the word. They argued with each other, they had little faith, they misunderstood Jesus and denied him in the end. But Jesus knew this. He knew he had to turn them into “men”, what better way than to walk with them for 3 years. He taught them by example. When they failed, He encouraged them, and showed them what to do. He turned their doubt into belief. But more importantly He showed them how to love, and they fell in love with Him.

The disciples went on to be the greatest force to change the world. They spread the gospel with passion, they organized the first church, they drove out demons, they healed the sick, the brought love and hope where there was oppression. They faced the might of the Roman army and did not back down. The went on to kill lions. It was their love for Jesus which fanned the fire that would not go out.

Fathers and mothers, I urge you to teach your sons how to love. Give them a reason to love and this will give them a reason to live, and this fire will never be quenched. It will drive your sons to be the best they can be. It will give them a reason to overcome evil with good and stand out from the crowd. They will kill their lions and become men.

Matthew 10:16, 28

16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

每日灵粮
2021年5月27日,星期四
题目:屠杀狮子
作者:陶乃文医生
翻译:吴淑娉姐妹

马赛族人(Maasai) 分布于非洲国家肯尼亚南部和坦桑尼亚北部,因勇敢和不畏惧而受人尊敬,马赛野生保育信托基金会写道:"马赛人很特别,他们爱穿鲜红色长袍,令他们很容易辨认,无论遇到什么危险,他们手握长矛,显得十分镇定和勇敢。"马赛族男孩若要成为一个战士,必先要单枪匹马用长矛杀死一只狮子,搏斗期间身体难免留下疤痕,但他们并不介怀,更引以为傲。圣经记载大卫人生的转捩点也是在他独自击败巨人哥利亚之后,继而成为圣经历史上最伟大的国王之一。

每一个男孩在成长(由男孩变作男人)的过程中,都渴望冒险,希望能克服危险和挑战,这可能是潜伏在我们体内的DNA,是与生具来的性格,要为自己开拓一条独一无二的路。对垂手可得的事物,我们不感到兴奋,我们喜欢冒险,接受别人以为不可能的挑战,克服种种困难令我们感到"活着"——无论是在运动、学习技能、职业、建立一个成功的企业、攀登珠穆朗玛峰、驾驶跑车,或者追求一个难以到手的漂亮女孩……这都是我们在现代生活所面对的狮子。

为了成功,每一个男孩都要面对自己的恐惧:被拒绝、失败、觉得自己不够出色的恐惧,这是无可避免的,他们必须将对自己的怀疑变成信念,克服路途上的障碍和未知之数,跌倒了、又站起来,然后才能攀上高峰。

与耶稣初见之时,门徒并未为福音事工作好准备,可以说是还在"男孩"阶段,没有很大的信心,彼此争吵、对耶稣有误解,后来甚至不认主,但耶稣深知这一切,祂知道若要训练众门徒成为男人,最佳方法是花三年时间,与他们同行,以身作则。当门徒遇到挫折时,給予鼓励,指导他们如何克服,将怀疑变成信心,最重要的是教他们如何去爱人,门徒也因而对耶稣建立了深厚的爱。

耶稣的门徒继而成为改变世界的一股最大力量,他们怀着满腔热诚到各地传福音,成立第一间教会、替人赶鬼医病、为受到逼迫的带来爱及希望。即使面对势力强大的罗马军队,他们并没有退缩,继续战胜狮子,正是他们对耶稣的爱扇旺了火焰,使这火焰永不熄灭。

为人父母的,我促请各位教导你们的儿子怎样去爱,让他们知道为什么要爱,从而知道为什么而活,这火焰将永不熄灭。它会驱使你的儿子达到最高的成就,克服邪恶,在众人里鹤立鸡群,他们会战胜狮子,成为男人。

马太福音
10: 16 “现在,我差派你们出去,好像羊进到狼群中间;所以你们要像蛇一样机警,像鸽子一样纯洁。"

10: 28"那些杀身体却不能杀灵魂的,不要怕他们;倒要怕那位能把灵魂和身体都投入地狱里的。"