260靈修 Jan 23, 2013 馬太福音 Matthew 10:32-39

第十章
最好能將全章略讀一遍,再專注於以下經文段落:
32凡在人面前認我的、我在我天上的父面前、也必認他。33凡在人面前不認
我的、我在我天上的父面前、也必不認他。34你們不要想我來、是叫地上太
平.我來、並不是叫地上太平、乃是叫地上動刀兵。35因為我來、是叫人與
父親生疏、女兒與母親生疏、媳婦與婆婆生疏.36人的仇敵、就是自己家裏
的人。37愛父母過於愛我的、不配作我的門徒、愛兒女過於愛我的、不配作
我的門徒。38不背著他的十字架跟從我的、也不配作我的門徒。39得著生命
的、將要失喪生命.為我失喪生命的、將要得著生命。

默想:
1. 作主門徒的記號包括:在人前認主(32節),對主忠心勝過與家人的關
係(34-35節),背起十字架跟從主,學效耶穌順服神以致於死在十架上
(38節),為愛主捨棄一切(37節)。

2. 現今的時代,我們極為重視家庭。在這樣的文化中,你是否會因為對家
庭的重視,卻忽略了神的真理?

3. 似乎門徒的生命全是「捨棄」而無「得著」,但是當主的門徒出外事奉
時,別人藉著他們而蒙福,這使他們得了喜樂。就像使徒保羅所說:「
你們是我們的希望,我們的喜樂。在我們的主耶穌再來的時候,我們所
要誇耀的冠冕不正是你們嗎?」(帖前19)

4. 「背起十字架跟從主」對你來說有什麼意義?你如何因成為基督的門徒
而在祂的受苦上有分?你有否經歷到保羅所說的喜樂?

禱告與筆錄:
繼續安靜在神面前聆聽神,並將你的的思想、問題、觸動你的字、詞、圖
畫,或是與神的禱告,寫在你的靈程筆記簿上面。

今日箴言:2:9-12
9你也必明白仁義、公平、正直,一切的善道。10智慧必入你心,你的
靈要以知識為美。11謀略必護衛你,聰明必保守你,12要救你脫離惡
道,脫離說乖謬話的人。

 

Chapter 10
If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
32”Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my
Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before
my Father in heaven. 34”Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the
earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “ ‘a
man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against
her mother-in-law - 36a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
37”Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone
who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who
does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life
will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Meditation
1. The marks of Jesus’ disciples according to this passage include: acknowledging
Jesus before men (v32), placing loyalty to Christ above even the bonds of family
(vv34-35), taking up his cross and following Jesus by subjecting one’s will to God
even as Jesus chose to subject Himself to the cross (v38), surrendering all for the
sake of his Lord (v37).

2. In a culture that values family highly, is it possible that you can be blinded by
familial loyalty to the truth of the Gospel? In what ways might we compromise
Scripture in order to have “peace” in our homes?
3. What does “take his cross and follow Jesus” mean to me? How am I sharing
Christ’ suffering in discipleship? Have I experience the joy Paul talked about?

Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.

Proverbs for Today: Prov 2:9-12

Family Time:
Jesus told his disciples that if they want to be true disciples of Jesus, they have
to carry the cross to follow Jesus. Discuss what it means to carry the cross to
follow Jesus. How to do it in daily lives? Prepare some craft material ahead of
time. Make a cross with bristle board or other material. Have children decorate
it. Post it up in the kitchen as a constant reminder for the whole family

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