Sunday, 17 October 2021
Title: An Obedient Life
By Elder Tan Seng Kee
In Matthew 16:24, Jesus told his disciples that “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” The call of Jesus to his disciples and to everyone who desires to follow him is put aside their own selfish desires and follow Jesus. It is a call for every disciple of Jesus to emulate the character and values of Jesus.
Jesus was obedient to God the Father even at the need to suffer and die on the cross in obedience to God’s commandment to fully pay for the penalty of our sins. In Matt 7:21-23, Jesus said not everyone who calls me “Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Jesus wants obedient disciples to follow His examples.
I have been a Christian for many years and I have been encouraged by the life of many Christians who live in accordance with God’s commandments. I have learnt to emulate their examples and I praise God for tangible expressions of God’s love seen through the life and ministries of my fellow Christian brethren.
I have gone on several mission trips with a senior pastor in our church and I always noticed that despite the fact that he has been on his toes the whole day and is tired out at the end of each evening when we returned for rest, he will never fail to see that we all tuck into our food before he takes his. He will go from table to table and even bring food to our plates to ensure the rest of us have our fill before he even considers his. Many of us may be years younger than him and have not ministered as hard as he did during the day but the senior pastor looked to our interest before his, at all times.
From the actions of the senior pastor, I have learned to care more for others and to see if there are needs and help I can respond to; sometimes requiring effort and personal difficulties. Our senior pastor on mission trips was never flustered with the heat and dust and preplanned arrangements sometimes going awry. He exercised such a sense of calm and trust in God and through such examples from the senior pastor, I learned to be calmer and to have a cool head when situations surrounding me get out of hand.
In Matthew 5:48, Jesus sets a very high calling for those of us who call him Lord and that is to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect. It is a command from Jesus to constantly obey the commandments in the Bible. It is not a requirement to be perfect but a command to value and be conscious each day of what are the commands of God I need to obey or to work harder at obeying. Daily, I need to step up my obedience to the commands in the Bible and Jesus makes it clear that His commands are not burdensome for us. We all need to be better at obeying God’s commandments today compared to yesterday.
The Bible contains all the commandments of God and the Holy Spirit in us can help us to remember the commands of Jesus and give us the strength to obey Jesus. The way we live our life matters for those in the Kingdom of Heaven. Often by our examples in obeying God we can encourage a fellow disciple to love and follow Jesus more. Those who do not know Jesus can also be persuaded to consider Jesus if our life always shines forth for Jesus, because it is hard for people to turn away from the light.
Be an influencer for Jesus and boldly we can tell others to imitate us as we imitate Jesus.
Dear God, help each of us to enjoy reading your word and after that to obey and follow your commandments. We ask the Holy Spirit who indwells us to give us the strength to be obedient and to obey Jesus every day of our life. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
2021 年 10 月 17日
在马太福音 16 章 24 节，主耶稣告诉他的门徒：“若有人要跟从我，就当舍己，背起他的十字架来跟从我。”主耶稣对祂的门徒和所有愿意跟随祂的人的呼召是要他们抛开自己的私欲而跟随主耶稣基督。这是一个呼吁，主耶稣的每个门徒都应效仿耶稣的品格和价值观。
主耶稣顺服父神，即使需要受苦并死在十字架上，以顺服神的诫命，为我们的罪的惩罚完全付清。在马太福音 7 章 21-23 节，主耶稣说不是所有称呼我“主阿，主阿的人不能都进天国；惟独遵行我天父旨意的人才能进去”。耶稣希望顺服的门徒效法他的榜样。
在马太福音 5:48 中，耶稣对我们这些称祂为主的人提出了严肃致高的呼召，那就是要尽善尽美，就像我们在天上的父是完善完美的一样。不断遵守圣经里的诫命是主耶稣的命令。这不是完美完善的要求，而是每天都要重视并意识到我们需要遵守或更加努力地遵守上帝诫命的使命。我们每天都需要加紧遵守圣经中的诫命，主耶稣清楚地表明祂的命令对我们来说不是负担。与昨天相比，我们今天更需要好好地遵守上帝的诫命。