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週一嗎哪:付上代價,贖回關係(2018/01/22)    首頁 > 最新內容

 

 

                           週一嗎哪 

服事全球工商界

2018-1-22

By Ken Korkow

付上代價,贖回關係

PAINFUL, YET REDEMPTIVE RELATIONSHIPS

 

幾個星期之前,我做了一件大部分的人都覺得很不尋常的事:我到社區的慈善義賣商店買了一個小的行李箱。然後,做了不尋常的部分,把行李箱的把手割下來,把行李箱扔掉,然後把把手放在我的褲子口袋裡。

 

我知道你一定會問為什麼要這樣做?對我而言這是很重要的,因為這個動作提醒了我,當離開世界的時候,是甚麼也帶不走的,所有的一切都會留下。但是,關於永恆的事,無論是禱告代求或為他人得救留下眼淚、靈性的成長、對別人屬靈成長的影響,都會在我離開這世界之前送到神那裡。

 

當耶穌談論到天上的財寶時,說到:「不要為自己積攢財寶在地上;地上有蟲子咬,能袓a,也有賊挖窟窿來偷。只要積攢財寶在天上;天上沒有蟲子咬,不能袓a,也沒有賊挖窟窿來偷。因為你的財寶在哪堙A你的心也在那堙C」(馬太福音619-21).

 

你看我上面所列舉的:代禱、關心別人的靈性狀況、期待別人的生命有永恆的改變,這些都是關乎人與人之間的關係。不幸的是,大部分的人的關係是表面的,自己投入很少,卻總是拿了我們想要的就離開。膚淺的、沒有意義的關係讓魔鬼很開心,因為魔鬼的伎倆就是欺騙、分裂以及毀壞。

 

我為以前做生意時的自己感到很後悔,因為我利用關係來做生意。我假裝和善、關心別人來得到我想要的;利用人來得到我喜歡的。感謝神,幾十年前,當我信主時,神就教導我,要用不同的心態來愛人。

 

這幾年來,我在自營的養牛場所得到的工作經驗很寶貴。跟動物一起工作,你會學到兩件事:快就是慢、慢就是快!人和人之間的關係也是如此:關係需要時間經營,卻不能催逼。

 

最近,我打了幾通購物電話。一通是買一卡車的隔熱材料用在農場建築物上,另一通是買直徑50英尺的柵欄來圈住馬棚,還有一通是買馬棚用的遮雨棚。每次在通話中,我聽出對方的聲音流露出一種痛苦或是疲累的感覺。我決定去拜訪他們,問問他們發生了甚麼事。

 

當我這麼做的時候,神就為我開門。每次那個人分享自己的故事,都會淚流滿面,這使我有機會可以跟他們分享耶穌基督。其中三個人,我為他們禱告,寄給他們一些門訓造就的資料,之後我繼續打電話給他們,聽聽他們的近況。

 

過去,我花時間在某件事上,卻不怎麼在意,但是神教導我另外一個很重要的原則:分擔過的重擔加倍地輕,分享的快樂加倍地多。現在,每天一開始,我都這樣禱告:神啊!給我神聖的任務,不讓我浪費一分一秒。我知道神會供應我個人和生意的需要,這讓我能去開拓分擔的關係,享有分擔重擔與分享快樂的特權!

 

Ken Korkow住在美國的內布拉斯加州歐馬哈市,是當地CBMC的會長。這篇文章經授權,節錄自他的所寫的「生命傳真」專欄。

 

 

反省與問題討論

 

第一、你覺得作者買了行李箱,割下把手,把行李箱丟掉的故事如何?你明白其中的隱喻嗎?

 

 

 

 

第二、積攢天上的財寶這方面,你是否身體力行?或者你是否仍然在積攢地上的財寶?分享你的答案。

 

 

 

 

第三、你會怎麼形容自己和人之間的關係?其中有多少是深刻、有意義的關係;又有多少是表面的、沒有甚麼價值的呢?

 

 

 

 

第四、你是否看見努力建立救贖關係的價值?你覺得其中的原則是甚麼?你覺得「分擔的重擔加倍地輕,分享的快樂加倍地多」和它有甚麼關係?

 

 

 

 

備註: 如果你手上有聖經,想要閱讀更多關於這個主題的經文,請參考:

箴言1225

12:25 人心憂慮,屈而不伸;一句良言,使心歡樂。

箴言1413

14:13 人在喜笑中,心也憂愁;快樂至極就生愁苦。

箴言151330

15:13 心中喜樂,面帶笑容;心媦~愁,靈被損傷。

15:30 眼有光,使心喜樂;好信息,使骨滋潤。

箴言1717

17:17 朋友乃時常親愛,弟兄為患難而生。

箴言1824

18:24 濫交朋友的,自取敗壞;但有一朋友比弟兄更親密。

箴言27917

27:9 膏油與香料使人心喜悅;朋友誠實的勸教也是如此甘美。

27:17 鐵磨鐵,磨出刃來;朋友相感(原文是磨朋友的臉)也是如此。

馬太福音633-34

6:33 你們要先求他的國和他的義,這些東西都要加給你們了。
6:34 
所以,不要為明天憂慮,因為明天自有明天的憂慮;一天的難處一天當就夠了。」

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          MONDAY MANNA

January 22, 2018

 

PAINFUL, YET REDEMPTIVE RELATIONSHIPS

 

By Ken Korkow

 

A couple weeks back I did something most people would consider unusual. I went to the Goodwill thrift store in our community and bought a small suitcase. After I took it home, then came the unusual part – I cut the handle off and threw the suitcase away. The handle I put into my pants pocket.  

 

You might wonder, who would do this? That is understandable. But for me it was important – a reminder that when I leave this earth, I am taking NOTHING with me. Everything tangible will remain behind. However, all the things I have had of eternal value will have been sent ahead: My prayers and intercession for others; my tears for their salvation (eternal destiny) and spiritual growth; and any spiritual influence I have had the privilege of having in the lives of others. 

 

Jesus spoke of this when He said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, whether moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mathew 6:19-21).

 

As you can see from what I listed above – praying for others, concern for their spiritual well-being, and desire to have an eternal difference in their lives – my focus these days is simple: Relationships. Sadly, the vast majority of relationships most of us have are superficial. There is little if any personal investment. We take from them what we need and then move on. You know what? This makes our spiritual enemy smile. He loves relationships, as long as they are superficial and meaningless. Because his strategy is simple: deceive, divide, and destroy.

 

I regret how I operated in the past as a businessman. I used relationships to get business. I would pretend to be nice – and pretend to care – to get what I wanted. I used people to get things I loved. Thankfully, several decades ago God touched my life and taught me that instead, I should be using things to love people.

 

This is why my years of experience working on our family’s cattle ranch has been so valuable. As you work with livestock you discover two truths: Fast is slow. Slow is fast. The same can be said about relationships. They take time and cannot be rushed.

 

Recently I was on a several phone calls: one to buy a truckload of insulation for a building at the ranch; another to buy a 50-foot diameter pen for working with horses, and another to buy a couple horse shelters. In each instance, while talking about my intended purchase, I could hear “something” in the other person's voice: Pain. Or tiredness. So, I “went there” and asked each person what was going on in their life.  

 

As I did so, the Lord opened doors. Each time, as the person shared their story, they also shared tears. This gave me the opportunity to share the truth and hope of Jesus Christ. In all three instances I prayed with them, then mailed them some discipleship material. Later I followed up on each with another phone call.

 

In the past, I would not have taken the time, would not have noticed – or would not have cared. But God has taught me another important principle: Pain shared is pain divided. Joy shared is joy multiplied. Now at the start of each day I pray, "Lord, please give me divine appointments – and keep the time-wasters away." Realizing the Lord provides for my personal and business needs, this frees me up to develop redemptive relationships. What a privilege it is to share in the pain of others, along with their joys.

 

Ken Korkow lives in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A., where he serves as an area director for CBMC. This is adapted from his “Fax of Life” column. Used with permission.

 

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Reflection/Discussion Questions

 

1.       What do you think of the story about buying a suitcase and discarding it, retaining only its handle? Do you appreciate the symbolism?

 

 

 

 

2.       Have you been making it a practice to store up treasures in heaven – or are you still busy trying to accumulate treasures on earth? Explain what this means for you.

 

 

 

 

3.       How would you describe most of your relationships? How many deep, meaningful relationships do you have, compared to superficial ones without much value?

 

 

 

 

4.   Do you see the value of striving to establish and maintain redemptive relationships? How do you think the principle, “Pain shared is pain divided. Joy shared is joy multiplied,” relates to this?

 

 

 

 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:

 

Proverbs 12:25, 14:13, 15:13,30, 17:17, 18:24, 27:9,17; Matthew 6:33-34

 

 

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