Sunday, 18 July 2021
Title: Discern the Time
By Elder Tan Seng Kee

Bible Verse: Luke 12:56 (b)
On 5 July 2021, I had my second dose of AZ vaccine. My eldest daughter got married in early July 2021 in PBC. One sister reminded me that I had shared in a PBC worship service years ago that when my eldest daughter was a baby, she had to be driven around in a car at night to help her fall asleep. How time passes by so quickly where my eldest daughter is concerned and as for me, what’s next after I am fully vaccinated and happily hold an orange digital vaccination certificate?
Jesus in Luke 12: 54-57 asks us to discern the time and Paul in Ephesians 5:14-17 tells us to redeem the time because the days are evil. As a Christian, how do I discern the time as Jesus commands and what can I do to redeem the time as Paul tells us to? For many of us in the Klang Valley and in tight movement control lockdown areas, we would have discerned by now that we are confronting unknown and fearful circumstances and events we have never faced before in our life-time. In response to Paul’s instruction, what then can I do to redeem the time under such disconcerting global conditions?
The first thing I will do is to accept that my time on earth is limited by how long God gives me life on earth. I will therefore put myself to fully know my God better. It would be awkward for me if I were to spend eternity with God whom I hardly know when I am on earth. I will prioritize my daily Quiet Time with God where I will diligently read the Bible and trust God to speak to me as I read His Word. I will also desire to be in a prayerful state where at ‘the drop of a coin’ I can pray and my heart is confident that my God hears me and will reach out to help me.
Secondly, I will look at the current situation in my life to assess my strengths and to plan what I can do to serve God better and to be a blessing to my family, my church and my community. One person I know just sold many things that she had accumulated over the years and donated the money to the community.
Thirdly, I will not put off what needs to be done. Procrastination is not always the thief of time as the old adage goes, but it does steal the good results which otherwise could be achieved if timely action is taken. So, if there are matters in the family to be resolved, forgiveness to be sought or given and past or future actions that need to be taken, I will without haste act on them.
The fourth thing I will do is to more anxiously and courageously share the Gospel with everyone who has not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. I believe with all my heart that Jesus is the only way to God and every other road is the way to destruction.
Lastly, I will take more steps to obey Jesus’ command to ‘do unto others as you would others do unto you.’ I will take the initiative to do good to others.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, please help me to discern the time and like Paul, redeem the time. Let each day You give to me be a day where I lift Jesus high by the way I fully obey His commandments and love Him. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期日 2021 年 7 月 18 日
标题:辨别理解时间
作者:陈诚基长老
翻译:林良億姐妹

圣经经文:路加福音 12:56 (下) 假冒为善的人哪, 你们知道分辨天地的气色,怎麽不知道分辨这时候 呢 ?

2021 年 7 月 5 日,我注射了第二剂 AZ 疫苗。我的大女儿于今年的 7 月初在班底浸信教会(PBC)结婚。一位姊妹提醒我,我多年前曾在PBC的崇拜中分享过,当我的大女儿还是婴儿时,我们必须晚上开车,帮助她透过乘车兜风入睡。对我的大女儿来说,时间怎么过得这么快?对我而言,在我完成全剂量接种疫苗,也有了橙色的电子疫苗证书之后,接下来又会发生什么?

耶稣在路加福音 12:54-57 中要求我们辨别时间,保罗在以弗所书 5:14-17 中告诉我们要爱惜光阴,因为现今的时代是邪恶的。作为基督徒,我如何辨别耶稣所吩咐的时间,我可以怎样做才能如使徒保罗所说的那样爱惜光阴呢?对于我们在Klang Valley和严格的行动控制封锁区的许多人来说,我们现在已经意识到我们正面临着前所未有的不定性和可怕的情况。响应保罗的指示,在如此令人不安的全球疫情下,我能怎样爱惜时间呢?

我要做的第一件事就是接受我在地球上的时间是受到上帝给我生命时间的限制。因此,我会让自己更充分地认识我的上帝。如果我要与我在世时几乎不认识的上帝共度永恒,那对我来说会很尴尬。我会优先考虑每天与上帝在一起的灵修时间,在那里我会努力阅读圣经,并相信上帝会在我阅读祂话语时对我说话。我也希望处于一种虔诚的状态,在“硬币落下”时,随时我可以祈祷,我的心相信我的上帝会听到我的声音,并会伸出援手帮助我。

其次,我会审视我目前的生活状况,以评估我的优势并计划我可以做些什么来更好地事奉上帝,并成为我的家人、教会和社区的祝福。我认识的一个人刚刚卖掉了她多年来积累的很多东西,并将这些钱捐给了社区。

第三,我不会推迟需要做的事情。正如那句老话所说,拖延并不总是时间的窃贼,但它确实窃取了如果丢失了及时行动本来可以取得的良好结果。所以,如果家里有什么事情需要解决,有什么需要寻求或给予的宽恕,需要采取过去或未来的行动,我会毫不犹豫地采取行动。

我要做的第四件事是更加迫切并勇敢地与所有尚未接受耶稣为主和救主的人分享福音。我全心相信主耶稣基督是通往上帝的唯一道路,其他所有道路都是通往毁灭的道路。

最后,我会采取更多的步骤来遵守耶稣“待人如己”的命令,我会主动向人行善。

祷告:亲爱的天父,请帮助我能爱惜光阴,像使徒保罗一样。求主祢给我的每一天都成为我通过完全遵守祂的诫命和爱祂的方式高举主耶稣的一天。我奉我主耶稣基督的名祈祷。阿门。