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能事奉祢是最尊貴

李文玉牧師

每個信徒蒙神恩典拯救之後,不但會成為一起敬拜祂的屬神兒女,同時也會領受祂賜給每一個人的不同恩賜。現時北宣家的會眾中,參與事奉的約佔 30%,當中已包括短期的事奉,而出任為期一年以上崗位的人數比例更少,因此,不少崗位長期缺乏人手,例如主日學老師、Awana 導師、長者科和傷健科的事奉人員。

信徒不參與事奉的原因很多,最常聽到的是工作太忙,沒時間;有些人則因為曾在事奉中遇過困難或受過傷害,從此退了下來;也有些人覺得自己不及他人,不能承擔責任;另有些人更認為北宣家人才濟濟,「少我一個唔少」。

事奉中誠然要面對困難,特別是人際的衝突,我們每個人的個性、想法和處事方式都各不相同,彼此間難免會產生不滿、埋怨和計較。但這卻也是一種磨練,叫我們更堅強,更有能耐。試問有誰可以事事遂意,不經風浪?更何況我們是為主作工,該看事奉為實踐聖經真理的機會,從中學習包容、接納、寬恕和溝通。

信徒參與事奉,原因也一樣的多。有信徒分享,她曾中風、罹患癌症,但主施行奇事,醫治了她,因此她便投入事奉,以回應神的深恩厚愛;也有些人希望透過事奉發揮自己的恩賜;有些人是因為看到教會的需要,或是對某些事工有異象和負擔;有些人則看到別人從事奉中得到喜樂和生命改變,所以便一起參與。

我們或會在意事奉要付出時間、精神、體力、甚至金錢,並沒有想到「施比受更為有福」,沒察覺事奉其實能叫人生命成長,經歷神的恩典。我們縱然有不足和限制,但事奉中我們往往會看到神的作為,因而學會謙卑仰望神。透過事奉,我們除了可以發揮恩賜外,還可以在別人身上看到不同的屬靈素質,從而互相學習。

主讓我們事奉祂,非因我們有才幹和智慧,因為恩賜都是聖靈「按照自己的意思個別地分給 各人」(林前十二 11,新譯本),藉以「裝備聖徒,去承擔聖工,建立基督的身體」(弗四 12)。主看重的是我們對祂的忠心,不論是哪些崗位,也不論參與是多是寡,只要我們盡心盡力,主都必悅納。

世上一切事物都會過去,只有神的基業永遠長存,我們應把目光投在永恆的事上,事奉就是永恆的投資。盼望你起來參與事奉,建造長存 的工程。需知道,能事奉主是最尊貴。




Pastor's Sharing
Privileged to Serve
Rev Doris Li

By the grace of God, not only can those who are saved by Him become His children and can worship Him together but each and every of us are endowed with different gifts. Statistics show that at NPAC, some 30 percent of members take part in various ministries whether long or short term. A smaller percentage take up ministry posts lasting one year or longer. Some serving posts are always in need of workers – Sunday School teachers, Awana counselors, the Elderly and Disability Ministries…

Believers who do not take part in ministry work do so for various reasons: busy schedules, hardship or hurt feelings in previous endeavors… Some may think that others do a better job or that NPAC is full of talented people, hence there is no need to "count me in."

Admittedly, there are difficulties, especially in interpersonal relationships. We have different personalities, thoughts and styles, which can easily lead to dissatisfaction, grievance and opposition. But all of this might as well be some sort of training so we will grow stronger and more enduring. Which of us have not come across frustration and difficulty? In our service to God, let us make it an opportunity to practice biblical truths, and learn accommodation, acceptance, forgiveness and communication.

What about those who are involved in serving? Why do they do so? One believer has shared that she has had her stroke and cancer healed by God, after which she actively committed to serving in response to God’s abundant grace and love. Some would like to serve in order to use the God-given gifts. Others see the needs of the church, or have a vision or special burden for certain ministries. Still some others join because they see the joy and renewal of life in those who serve.

We may be mindful of the time, mental and physical strength, and perhaps money involved in ministry work. However, we may have forgotten the teaching “It is better to give than to receive.” Nor are we aware that participation in ministry work facilitates spiritual growth and lets us experience God's grace. Despite our personal inadequacies, we often see the hand of God in what we do. Serving helps us learn humility and reliance on the Lord. Ministry work puts our gifts to good use. At the same time, we discover and learn different spiritual qualities from others.

God allows us to serve Him not because of our ability or wisdom. All these gifts are "the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines" (1 Corinthians 12:11). And the purpose is "to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up" (Ephesians 4:12). The Lord places great emphasis on our faithfulness. Whichever the serving role, whatever the degree of involvement, the Lord will be pleased if we make an effort and wholeheartedly serve Him.

In time, all things on earth will pass away, only the inheritance of God will endure. Let us fix our eyes on the eternal. Works of service are like an eternal investment. I hope you will take part in serving and engage in something that truly endures.