Tuesday, 23 November 2021
I want to know You more
By Dr Hew Fen Lee

Phil 3:10-11

10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

This letter to the Philippians was written by Paul when he was in prison. He was imprisoned three times and this letter was written when he was imprisoned in Rome around AD61. The word “know” here means “to know personally, by experience”.

Paul had been trained by Gamaliel, the leading religious scholar of the day. Paul studied theology and knew the Old Testament inside out. Paul was so zealous about what he thought who God was that he led in the persecution of Christians, famously present when Stephen was stoned to death as the first Christian martyr.

On the Road to Damascus, he realised that he has been trying to serve God by opposing Jesus, and it turned out that this Jesus was the true God! And he says here: “NOW, having caught a glimpse of Him, ALL I want is to know Him more!”

What could be more important in life than knowing the One who created you? The One who wants you to spend (not just a lifetime but) ETERNITY with Him?

How can we know Him better? By studying His word, by meditating on His word, and by talking to Him and communing with Him in prayers. We also get to know Christ by experiencing Him, allowing Him to work through us. Many are blessed by serving God. One missionary friend was working in Korea many years ago. She shared that the biggest benefit being a missionary was to get to know God and get to know herself better through serving Him.

If we have become a Christian by receiving Jesus, Paul says that the VERY SAME POWER that came into Jesus’ dead body and raised Him to life again has now come into our life. John describes this as “born again”. That power of God working in us raises us out of our old way of living to a whole new life! The Christian life isn’t just an “improved” life – it’s an entirely CHANGED life! God empowers us to live a New Life.

C.S. Lewis wrote: “Jesus did NOT just come to make bad people good, He came to make DEAD people LIVE!”

Are we born again and living a new life? As we come towards the end of the year it is good to take stock on how we are walking with the Lord and if we live a life that reflect the eternal and final victory.

If you don’t know Jesus yet and you have been walking on life’s journey all alone, why don’t you invite Him to walk alongside you? In the new life, we are not left alone to fend for ourselves. Jesus understands the challenges we face, the temptation we have to go through, the old nature will come back every now and then to pull us back.

The last year or two has not been easy for most people and many have suffered much and are still suffering. Jesus assures us that this is temporary and would not last as the final victory belongs to our God.

God has sent the Holy Spirit to guide us, to protect us; with the same power that has resurrected Jesus from the dead; and with the same love that see God sent His son, Jesus to die for us on the cross so that we can all be born again and to have a New Life.

Prayer
Dear Jesus, thank You for opening our eyes to see You. May You continue to open our hearts so that we desire to know You better, to seek You more earnestly and to serve You more faithfully. Amen.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期二, 2021年11月23日
标题:我要更认识祢
作者:丘宏礼医生
翻译:黄蒙晶姐妹

【腓立比书 3:10-11】
10 使我认识基督,晓得祂复活的大能,并且晓得和祂一同受苦,效法祂的死, 11 或者我也得以从死里复活 。

这封信是保罗被囚禁时写给腓立比人的。他曾被囚禁三次,而这封信是在公元61年左右,他在罗马被囚禁时所写的。“认识” 这词在这里的意思是 “通过经历来亲自认识”。

保罗接受了当时的宗教学者伽玛列(Gamaliel)的训练。保罗进修神学,对旧约了如指掌。保罗对他认为他所认识的上帝是如此热心,以至于他领导了对基督徒的迫害,而最为人知的就是当司提反作为第一位被石头打死的基督徒殉道者时,他也在现场。

在前往大马色的路上,他觉悟到他一直试图透过反对耶稣来事奉上帝,结果证明了这位耶稣才是真正的上帝。他在这里说:“如今,我瞥见祂,我只想更多认识祂!”

人的一生还有什么比认识您的创造者更重要呢?那希望和您一起度过(不仅仅是这一生,而是)永恒的独一上帝?

我们怎么才能更认识祂?透过学习祂的话语,默想祂的话语,与祂交谈,并在祷告中与祂沟通。我们也透过经历基督来认识祂,让祂在我们里面动工。许多人因着事奉上帝而蒙福。有一位宣教士朋友多年前在韩国工作。她分享说,作为一名宣教士最大的得着是藉着事奉上帝来认识上帝,也更好地了解自己。

如果我们接受了耶稣而成为一名基督徒,保罗说进入耶稣已死的身体使祂复活的 那能力 ,现在也进入了我们的生命。约翰形容这为 “重生” 。上帝在我们里面工作的能力将我们从过去的生活方式中提升到全新的生活!基督徒的人生不仅仅是有所改进的人生,而是完全改变的人生。上帝赋予了我们新的生命。

路易斯(C.S.Lewis)写道:“耶稣来到这世上不只是让坏人变好,更是为了让死人活过来!”

我们是否已重生,活出新的生命呢?当我们快来到年尾的时候,让我们评估自己是如何与主同行,我们是否过着反映永恒和最终胜利的人生。

如果您还不认识耶稣,并且一直独自走在人生的旅途上,为什么不邀请祂与您并肩同行?在新的生命里,我们不是孤军奋战。耶稣理解我们所面临的挑战、所经历诱惑,老我也会时不时让我们故态复萌。

在过去的这一两年,对大多数人而言都是挺不容易的,许多人遭受了很多痛苦,甚至有的仍在痛苦中。然而耶稣向我们保证,这是暂时的,并不会持久,因为最后的胜利属于我们的上帝。

上帝已差遣圣灵来引导我们,以使耶稣从死里复活同样的能力保护我们;并且以同样的爱,上帝差遣祂的儿子耶稣,为我们死在十字架上,使我们能重生,并有新的生命。

祷告
亲爱的主耶稣,谢谢祢开启我们的眼睛让我们能看见祢。愿祢继续敞开我们的心,使我们渴慕更多地认识祢,更恳切地寻求祢,更忠心地事奉祢。阿们。