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著名的福音派學者和牧者斯托得（John Stott）在生前最後一本著作《世界在等待的門徒》（The Radical Disciple）中，提到作主門徒最核心的八個特質，其中一個就是「倚賴」。
Carrying Each Other’s Burdens
Rev Ng Ming Yee
The Radical Disciple, the last book by renowned evangelical scholar and minister John Stott, sets the agenda of our lives in eight characteristic attitudes of Christian discipleship. Among them is "Dependence."
Throughout our growth to maturity, we have been taught to be independent – not relying on others but trying one’s best to solve problems on our own. Rev Stott does not rule out such a need. Nevertheless, he throws deeper light onto the teachings of Jesus such as those in the second part of the Lord's Prayer. There it mentions dependence on His mercy and also magnifies the glory of God. That is the very essence of Christian discipleship. Dependence means complete humility and reliance on God. It calls for complete openness and trust in God on our part to rely, just like babies, the sick and the elderly, on the care provided by others. It is a quality of life required of those who follow the Lord. In being born as a baby when the Word became flesh, Christ Himself realized such "dependence" without losing His divine dignity.
Dependence on each other in attitude and actions, along with the necessary humility, openness and trust, is a “must” for the Christian community.
"We are all designed to be a burden to others. You are designed to be a burden to me and I am designed to be a burden to you. And the life of the family, including the life of the local church family, should be one of 'mutual burdensomeness.'" (The Radical Disciple – Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling, Chapter 7)
When you say "carry each other's burdens," which members of the church family would you think of? Would you be prepared to share their burdens of life and let them carry yours?
As for me, I have in mind the brothers and sisters around me, as well as those on the Mainland*. May the Lord bless them and keep them.
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2).
*In February 2018, the revised regulation on religious affairs came into effect on the Mainland. Many Mainland pastors need to re-explore feasible ways to conduct their activities so as to appropriately spread the gospel and shepherd their congregation.