Wednesday, 8 Sept 2021
Title: You belong
By Wong King Wai

John 8:35 – Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

The verse above was said during, what I can only imagine, a rather hostile situation where the Jews of the day was challenging Jesus about His divinity and identity. Of all the words spoken, this line speaks volumes about OUR identity in Christ and how that identity is what makes us sons in God’s family.

“Sons” here doesn’t refer to males but signify the rights of a son. That include females as well. Back then, ladies did not have many rights and mostly needed a male representative to deal with things. However, both males and females who believe in Christ are now called “Sons” because they both have the rights to inheritance from the Father.

For a long time, I never felt like I belonged in any group. Even Christian groups at one time. I recall feeling left out in many things and when I look back I realise I didn’t help myself by being rather awkward and needy (yes, yes, it seems so unlikely for those who know me now, but believe me, I was). Thanks be to God for His patience and for putting the right people, books and situations in my way to help me along the way.

If you’re feeling left out or finding it hard to feel a sense of belonging, remember that Jesus felt that way before too. He understands what it’s like to be different. And thankfully, He has the answers to our problems and we just have to take our cares to Him and ask Him for help. Sometimes it may seem like nothing is happening. Just like in the book of Esther (the drama there is better than a K-drama, but I digress …), you would see things happening but there wasn’t any mention of God; just people living their lives and trying to figure things out as they went. But in the background, God was working and so it is with you.

You belong to the family of God. You matter and are important in our Lord’s sight. Maybe you can’t see that now, but hang in there. Some practical things you can do is to call up the church to see if there is anyone you can speak to for counselling, if you need it. Maybe you can call up a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while to touch base and catch up. Or maybe sing a favourite song and revel in the goodness that God has brought into your life. Whatever you do, don’t lose sight of who you are in God and trust Him to see you through all things in life.

PRAYER: My Father in heaven, thank You for making me part of Your family and a son of the Most High. Help me to remember that I have an inheritance and the rights of a son in Your family and together, we can glorify Your Name, through helpful deeds and prayers for those in need. Thank You for everything. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年9月8日
标题:您是有所属的
作者:黄经为弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【约翰福音8:35】奴仆不能永远住在家里,儿子是永远住在家里。

我只能想象,上面这节经文是在一个相当敌对的情况下说的,当时的犹太人在挑战耶稣的神性和身份。在一切所说的话中,这句话充分说明了我们在基督里的身份,以及这个身份如何使我们成为上帝家里的儿子。

这里的 “儿子” 不是指男性,而是指儿子的权利;这也包括了女性。当时,女性没有太多权利,大多需要一位男性代表来处理事情。然而,相信基督的男女现在都被称为 “儿子”,因为他们都有从父继承基业的权利。

在一段很长的时间里,我从未觉得自己属于任何一个群体;曾一度甚至也包括了基督教团体。回想起来,我觉得自己在很多事情上都被冷落了。当我回首往事时,我意识到自己的尴尬和需要帮扶并没有帮助到自己(是的,是的,对于现在认识我的人来说,这似乎不太可能。但相信我,我确实曾是这样)。感谢上帝的忍耐,感谢祂沿途安排了合适的人、书籍和处境来帮助我。

如果您感到被冷落,或觉得很难有归属感,请记住耶稣也曾有过这样的感觉。祂明白与他人有别是什么感觉。欣慰的是,祂可以解决我们的问题,我们只需将忧虑交托给祂,向祂寻求帮助。有时似乎什么都没发生,就如《以斯帖记》一般(剧情比韩剧好,但我离题了……)。您会看到事情的发生,但完全没有提到上帝;只是人们过着自己的生活,试图一边生活一边想办法解决问题。但在幕后,上帝在作工,对您也是如此。

您属于上帝的家。主在意您,在我们主的眼中,您是重要的。也许您现在感受不到,但您要坚持下去。您可以实际着手做一些事情:如有需要,您可以打电话到教会,看看有哪一位可以与您倾谈,提供咨询;或许您可以打电话给一位久已没有联络的朋友,与他取得联系,叙叙旧;或者唱一首最喜欢的歌,陶醉于上帝在您生命中所赐予您的一切美好。无论您做什么,不要忘记您在上帝心目中是谁,并信靠祂会帮助您度过人生中的一切。

祷告:我在天上的父,感谢祢使我成为祢家庭的一员,成为至高者的儿子。求帮助我记住,我在祢的家有基业和儿子的权利;而且,通过助人的行动和为有需要的人祈祷,我们可以一起来荣耀祢的名。为祢所作的一切,我们感谢祢。我奉耶稣的名祷告,阿们。