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彼此擔當

伍銘懿牧師

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」。

我們成長時所受的教導,是要學習獨立、不倚賴別人,務能自己解決問題,不要麻煩他人。斯托得牧師並沒有否定獨立的需要,然而他更深切體會到耶穌的教導精髓,例如主禱文第二部分所教導的「作主門徒」,當中關係到彰顯神的榮耀和倚賴祂的憐恤。這份倚賴,是全然謙卑的投靠,並且需要全然的開放和信任,好比嬰孩、病困、老弱的人倚賴照顧者一般,神要跟隨祂的人保持這種生命特質。基督成為肉身,降生為新生嬰孩,完全體驗何為「倚賴」,但卻不失尊嚴。

這份謙卑、開放、信任的投靠,是信徒彼此之間必須有的態度和行動。

「神造我們,就是為要成為彼此的負擔。你成為我的負荷,我成為你的擔子。家人的生命,其中包括教會家庭成員的生命,本來就應該彼此擔當。」(《世界在等待的門徒》,頁 93)

當你想及「彼此擔當」這勸勉的時候,會想起哪些教會家庭成員呢?你願意分擔他們的重擔、又願意讓他們擔起你生命的負荷嗎?

此刻我想到身邊的弟兄姊妹,也掛念內地的肢體,* 願主保守看顧!

「你們各人的重擔要互相擔當,如此,就完全了基督的律法。」(加六 2)

* 2018 年 2 月,內地新修訂之宗教事務條例正式執行,不少內地教會的牧者需要重新探索可行的活動方式,從而可以合宜地傳遞福音,牧養信徒。






Pastor's Sharing
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.