每日诗歌: 主來的日子近了 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5wg5jwzYvc)
写每日灵修，有时候由于神的恩典，我是含着眼泪写的。写这篇时就是。我多么盼望我们的眼睛可以从“水穷处”挪开，而专注于 “看云起” 这个真正重要的事情。我多么盼望，我们都可以像保罗，不是作为一个伟大的神学家，不是作为一个摆上的传道者，而是作为一个清心的，忠实的，专一的，基督耶稣的真仆人。愿神赐我们恩典！
Psalm 107 [Read]
Psalm 108 [Read]
Romans 15:21-33 [Read]
“As we come to the end of water, it’s time to sit watching the cloud rises”. This is one of my favorite sayings in Chinese poetry. It beautifully conveys the attitude we should have towards the inevitable afflictions of life, and such attitude is something I longingly thirst. After becoming a Christian, I joyously found that such attitude was also very biblical.
Paul was coming to the end of his letter to the Romans, and he wanted to give them an update about his plan for the future. From the letter itself and the narrative in Acts, I believe Paul wrote this letter in Corinth right before going back to Jerusalem (Acts 20:3). From the description in Acts 20, we figure that his heart should be heavy due to the upcoming sufferings the Spirit had revealed to him (Acts 20:23). In the meantime, the Corinthians church he was staying at the time probably still had many issues to resolve. Furthermore, the young Ephesians church he established was going through some really difficult time (Acts 19). All in all, there were many troubles before his eyes concerning the body of Christ, enough to cause anyone to be concerned if not depressed.
But we don’t sense that in Paul’s writing. All we can sense is his overflowing enthusiasm in going to Spain for the sake of the Gospel (Rom 15:23, 28), his loving heart in providing the saints in Jerusalem (15:25), his pastoral nature in wanting to visit the Church of Rome with full measure of the blessing of Christ (15:29), and his undivided devotion in following God’s will (15:32). After delivering such an inspired, systematic, theological essay about the glorious salvation of God, Paul showed us his true self, not just as a pastor, but also a faithful worker of Christ with a grand view of the Kingdom. His eyes were not fixated on the troubles in front of him. God forbid! His eyes were unto the Kingdom of God, the body of Christ, the hope of joy and peace, and the always unfinished tasks of spreading the Gospel and building up disciples. That’s Paul, the servant of Christ Jesus (Rom 1:1).
To write this daily devotion, occasionally by God’s grace I wrote it in tears. This is one of those occasions. How I wish that our eyes can move away from the “end of water”, so we may focus on the truly important matters of “watching the cloud rises”. How I wish that we can all be like Paul, not as a great theologian, not as a dedicated evangelist, but as a pure-hearted, faithful, focused, genuine servant of Christ Jesus. May His grace be upon us!
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