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調準心思事奉主——事奉立約日感言

蕭壽華牧師

聖經對所有屬神的人,如何在教會中事奉主,有明確的教導:「全身靠祂聯絡得合適,百節各按各職,照著各體的功用彼此相助,便叫身體漸漸增長,在愛中建立(教會)自己。」(弗四 16)

「事奉」在聖經原文中也可譯作「敬拜」,意思是人對神的敬拜表現在生活上,以神為自己事奉的對象,不是以偶像或自己作為事奉對象。人為要表達對神的尊崇,不單是以恭敬的心崇拜神,也是把自己最好的獻呈給主,把所領受的恩賜、資源盡量發揮,以表明對主的尊崇。

因此,事奉的對象必須時常調準向主——努力事奉不是因害怕表現不佳,丟失面子;盡忠職守,也不單為向人交代,而是告訴主:祢所託付我的,我已忠心完成。有先賢的名言說:「神所悅納最美好的事奉,必然是信心的事奉。」——神並不需要我們的幫助,只是我們聽從祂的吩咐,相信祂會賜下所需要的能力去完成託付,放膽靠著主去作成「祂的工」,神必喜悅。

今天事奉主的人要警覺,因「現今的世代邪惡」,生活上會出現很多叫我們分心的事,讓承諾了的事奉在不知不覺中便有始無終;讓尊崇主的事奉變成了敷衍塞責、羞辱主的苦差;在世俗的功利主義中愛看到「事奉」的偉績多於愛主……事奉主的人何等需要謙卑在主前,調準向主。

正因為人的軟弱,開始承擔事奉職分的人,應與團隊同心在主面前公開立約。立約的人是尋找見證人,公開地向神表明他們要事奉主的決心;也是誠實地向主呼求:我們需要主的幫助,才可堅定地事奉;就好像在主面前設立祭壇,再一次呈獻自己。在立約之時,是與一起事奉的團隊或不同崗位的弟兄姊妹一起立約,是彼此的承諾,要「照著各體的功用,彼此相助……」,確認基督是我們的元首,我們靠著主也是為了主,叫我們可以彼此聯絡得好,產生美好的果效,建立主的身體,主的教會。

當然,每一個有事奉職分的人,都是因別人的信任而被推選或委任出來,他們的立約也是向人的承諾,願意不負別人的信任,盡力完成職分;而推選別人的人也當再次提醒自己:我當繼續從旁支持他們,為自己的推選決定負上責任。

(本文摘自 2010 年 1 月 16/17 日週刊〈牧者心聲〉)






Pastor's Sharing
Aligning Our Ministry with God's Purposes
——Thoughts on Covenant Day for Ministry Leaders
Rev Gordon Siu

The Bible contains clear instructions on how the people of God should carry out their Christian service: "From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself (the church) up in love, as each part does its work" (Ephesians 4:16).

In the Bible's original language, "serve" can also be translated as "worship," meaning our worship of God as expressed in daily life. God is the target of our Christian service. We are not serving idols or ourselves. To show our adoration of God, we not only worship God with a humble heart, but we also put our best, our gifts and resources into the ministry.

As such, our Christian ministry must always point to the Lord, and we need to adjust our focus and direction every now and then to make sure it does. We perform our duties diligently and faithfully not because of worries over poor performance or losing face, or because we see our work as being responsible to man. Rather, it is to tell the Lord, "Your mandate has been completed with faithfulness." A distinguished Christian has aptly said that the best ministry – one that pleases the Lord, is definitely a ministry of faith. God does not need our help. I believe that if we obey His instructions, God will bestow the necessary abilities to accomplish His work. If we will depend on God and courageously embark on His work, He will be pleased.

Today, we who serve the Lord need to be vigilant "because the days are evil." There will be distractions along the way that make us unable to bring our pledged ministry to completion. These distractions turn a ministry of adoration into a routine or difficult task that brings disgrace on the Lord. In a utilitarian world, it is easy for us to focus on remarkable ministry results rather than our love of the Lord…. All of us who serve God need to humble ourselves before Him and align our ministry with His purposes.

It is also because of human frailty that beginners in ministry work should make a covenant together with the ministry group. This is to seek a witness in publicly declaring his commitment to serve God. He is also humbly calling out to God saying that he needs His help in order to serve unswervingly. It is like setting up an altar before God to offer oneself again to Him. The covenant is made together with the ministry group or those who serve in different ministries. This represents a mutual pledge to "each part does its work." In affirming Christ as our head, we rely on God and work for Him so we can serve as each other's supporting ligament and build up the body of Christ, which is His church.

Of course, all those who enter into ministry work have been nominated or elected by trust. Their making of the covenant, then, is a pledge that other people's trust for them will not go to no avail, and that an effort will be made to finish the job. In turn, those who nominated these ministry workers should remind themselves to support the nominees and to take responsibility for their nomination.

[The Chinese version is edited from the Pastor's Sharing in the worship bulletin dated Jan 17, 2010]