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A great man estimated by Lord(주님이 평가하신 위대한 사람)/ Matthew 11:7-11(마11:7-11)/ 2003-07-27
A great man estimated by Lord(주님이 평가하신 위대한 사람) Matthew 11:7-11(마11:7-11) A great man estimated by Lord Matthew 11:7-11 Which person do you think of who a great man is? The great person regarded by lord is quite different from that estimated by men (I Samuel 16:7). The Lord says in clause 11 of this paragraph to be considered, “Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” Through this word of today, let us find out the great man regarded by Lord and we should become such a man. 1. The man who has been done a great deal in self culture through living in wilderness. John the Baptist has been lived in wilderness (Luke 1:8). Until appearance to Israel, he had been improved self-culture well, praying for a long time in the wilderness. There had been John the Baptist a great mission to introduce Jesus in order to let people of Israel return to Jesus through repentance. The same John had his raiment of camel‘s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4). When we see his food, clothing and shelter, he was very poverty but had honest living. His living was not restricted by such food, clothing and shelter. We saints should make our live, exceeding the matter of food, clothing and shelter (Philippians 4:11-12). 2. The man who exalts only Lord with the modest attitude. Nobody could realize of Jesus Christ more than John Baptist at that time. Then, Jesus said of him, “there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” The great man in heaven is the one who realized of the truth much. Also in John3: 30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” The Baptist John rather pleased that his disciples had followed Jesus and many disciples would be gathered together to Jesus. So he regarded as glad of that his own decreases. Then, when Jesus saw him, he applauded of him as the great man. God resists the proud, but gives grace into the humble (James 4:6). 3. The man who discharge even his live for the Gospel work. John Baptist has been done self culture well in wilderness. Then, his mission now is to make straight the way of the Lord with the modest attitude. 1) His initial saying was “Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” He only engaged with making ready the way of the Lord: bestowing the baptism of repentance, establishing the justice rightly etc. That is, it means that the substantial starting time of redemptive movement is at hand: that Jesus has come in this world to redeem us from sin by giving all kind of grace in the Kingdom of heaven. We the saints should have the heart that tries to obey according to the word as repenting everyday. From that time, the movement of Heaven Kingdom starts. 2) He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness (John1:23) The Baptist John rightly realized of his duty as being who cries the voice in wilderness. The voice disappears after revealing the word. Since the word is Jesus, it is that John himself is disappeared after revealing Jesus who is the word. This is a position of the voce. God pleased of John the Baptist and used him as the precious vessel. Therefore, Jesus said of John the Baptist, among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist. 3) He finally died a martyr for the righteousness (Matthew 14:1-12). He was imprisoned while he was reproaching of king Herod who took He-ro‘di-as his brother Phillip‘s wife. John the Baptist was headed for the righteousness. When common people in the world saw him, he seemed to be a poor man, whereas he was the greatest man among them that are born of women by the review of Jesus. 4. The man who has the truth much in the time of New Testament. Notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. The kingdom of heaven in here means the church in the time of New Testament. Whoever is least in the church of New Testament is greater than John the Baptist. This is the reason why he that is least in the church of New Testament knows of the truth through Jesus more much than that John the Baptist had been done. It was before that Jesus had been completed his work for redemption at that time John had been lived. But in the time of New Testament, since he has been completed his work: for resurrection on the cross, ascend to heaven and descend Holy Ghost into ground, whoever wants to know of it may know. Therefore, if you have received the truth much you have much work to be fulfilled. It is we of this day that have much knowledge of Christ‘s truth so that we may become a great man if we live as John the Baptist. Now, let us become a great man through doing ourselves-culture well in the world like a wilderness. Our personality must be formed according to the word by realizing the scripture through trial and trouble much. I bless you in the name of Jesus that would become a saint applauded and recognized by the Lord as “you are truly a great man” when he looks you, through completing all our mission: that we always repent of our sin, obeying the word and that we exalt only the Lord through giving his witness to them everyday. Paster S. H. Park
A Life that Makes Others Happy(다른 사람들을 행복하게 하는 삶)/ Philippians 4:4-8(빌4:4-8)/ Pastor Sou-Young Lee(이수영 목사)/ 2002-09-11
A Life that Makes Others Happy(다른 사람들을 행복하게 하는 삶) Philippians 4:4-8(빌4:4-8) A Life that Makes Others Happy Philippians 4:4-8 We often hear that there are three kinds of people. The first kind of people is those who are necessary in a society. The second kind of people is those who are neither necessary nor harmful in a society. The third kind of people is those who are to be perished in a society. We need to reflect on ourselves in what group are we classified. Of course, all the people will agree that they are to be classified in the first group and not to be classified in the third group. Jesus says us, “You are the salt of the earth” as well as “You are the light of the world.” We should understand these words as the commandment to be the people that are necessary for a society. We should not be such people that are neither required nor harmful. Needless to say, we should not be such people that need to be perished from this society. Then, what is the criteria of these three kinds of people? I think the most important criterion is, like the example of salt and light, instructiveness. That is, people can be classified by whether they are instructive for people and society or not. In other words, people can be classified by whether they can make others happy or not. Everyone wants to be happy and no one wants to be miserable. Therefore, there is no more precious thing than making others happy, especially as many people as possible. On the other hand, there will be no more detestable life than making others unhappy, especially making plenty of people unhappy. In fact, the most blessed are those who can make others pleasant and happy with their words and actions. When we have such reputations as “My mind becomes joyful whenever I see him” or “I become happy whenever I see her smile or laughing” from others, then we can judge that our life has been blessed and successful. On the contrary, our lives must have been failure if our words and actions have made others unpleasant, inflicted others, caused pains many others, and brought harms others. How miserable our lives will be if we have such reputations from others as “The guy? Out of luck!” “Don’t mention about the guy before me! He angers me!” “The best is not to contact with him!” “If he perish in silence, it’s the best help for us!” Why do we need to live such lives? Of course, in some cases, we can bring damages and pains to others even though we try to do good for others. However, there are some ill natured people who continually devise miserable matters for others, enjoy the misery of others, and regard them as their happiness. I believe that there is no more cursed life than such people in this world. The misery of such people is that they do not change their mind but to be more stubborn when some others tell them their wrong doings. We should reflect on ourselves whether we are not such kind of people in our community. Making others happy does not require great efforts, huge capital, much knowledge, or great preparation. It only requires little concern for, small understanding of, and warm mind for others. Small kindness, concessions, smiles, and devotion which emanates from them can make others happy. Holding the doors for a while with a smile for the following person, after you enter into the building, can make this society bright and hopeful. One praise of good doing can make people happy. One embracing with the recognition of hard work can blow away all the fatigue and agony and make a person very happy. Some days ago, I fully realized the usefulness of a dim candle light. The electricity was off for that night and nothing was possible until one family member who knew the location of a match return to home and lit a candle. The dark society of this world really requires us to be a small light. The following words of Jesus are really meaningful in these days: “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see our good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Today’s scripture answers to the question of “How can we make others happy?” At first, verse 4 of today’s scripture says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Those who rejoice at all times can make others happy. People who frown and grumble at all times cannot make others happy. However, to rejoice without any reason is not good. Only those who rejoice with unselfish reason can make others happy. If a person is pleased with a fortunate big income when others feel bad because of lost money, can the pleasure make others happy? Our pleasure should be founded on our Lord. Those who rejoice with the faith on Jesus Christ in thankful of the grace, even in similar or worse situation to others, can make others happy. This is the meaning of verse 4 which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Verse 5 says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” The word “gentleness” is the most difficult word for Korean theologists to translate among the words in New Testament. It means “justice and something better than justice.” We may misunderstand “gentleness” as “the generosity that sacrifices justice.” But “gentleness” here means the wisdom and ability which do not sacrifice justice. Gentleness also does not allow justice to hurt the people. We can make others happy if we can forgive and love others without sacrificing justice. Although this is difficult task to do, it is required to christians. As it is required to all christians, bible says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” Verse 6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Those who do not be anxious can make others happy and can make others feel relief. Those who illustrate all his worries before a person really make others tired, gruesome, and frustrated. If someone are to listen the grumble of others in this hard world, it will really deprive the listener’s happiness. On the contrary, those who are carefree before serious situation also make others uneasy and unhappy. We are not anxious not because we have no worries nor are we indiscreet. We are not anxious because we entrust all our worries to our God. This is the reason why Apostle Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything,” and “in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Those who report everything to God, pray for the solution, and who are free from worry can make others happy. Verse 6 also says us to pray with “thanksgiving.” Prayer with thanksgiving has two meanings. First, it requires to thank the fact that we can pray God entrusting all our things. Second, it requires to pray with the faith that God will grant all our requests. When we pray in this manner, we can enjoy peace in our mind. This fact is illustrated by verse 7 which says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Such a peace of mind and thought has the power to make others happy. Verse 8 introduces many secrets that can make others happy. It says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” That is, it requires us to think and practice eagerly whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is admirable. “What is true” here means to be truthful and to be a person that can be trusted. It makes us very happy to know or to have a person that is truthful and that can be trusted in all matters. Verse 8 says, “whatever is noble.” “Noble” here implies to be respectable, to be elegant, to be valuable, and to be earnest. Seeing a person who is respectable, elegant, and earnest in all matters at all time makes us happy. Verse 8 says, whatever is right. “Right” means keeping all the duties that should be observed in human relationships. Everyone who tries to have right relationship with God and keeps all the duties in human relations makes others happy. Verse 8 says, “whatever is pure.” Pure is translated as “chaste” in Korean bible. “Pure” here implies the trait which enables people to approach God, which reflects God, and which is enough to be used by God. Seeing a people who is pure and chaste make people happy. Verse 8 says, “whatever is lovely.” This implies the mind and character that can attract others’ mind. Seeing those who attract every others’ mind make people happy. Verse 8 says, “whatever is admirable.” Those who have good reputation in all matters also make others happy. Verse 8 also says, “if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.” This indicates all kinds of excellency and the matters that can be praised. If we eagerly think and practice whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, then we will be able to make others happy. These words are more precious for us because Apostle Paul wrote this letter in custody in jail to the saints of Philippians who were in danger of persecution. As the political, economic, social situation we are encountering now does not make us happy in these days, we all the more need to be the people that make others happy. Our church has the slogan “Let’s live as the children of light” in this year. Thus, all of we saints need to hear such praise as “You make this world livable,” or “Saemoonan Church is providing hope for this society!” Let us be the saints that make Saemoonan Church happy. Let us be the Saemoonan Church that make Korea happy. Through such efforts, I hope that the word “Saemoonanian” in a dictionary can be interpreted as “something that makes others happy” in sometime in the future. It will be the glory of God and it will be worthwhile events for us. Such word will be the evidence to our descendants on the fact that the saints of Saemoonan Church lived their life as the children of light in this world. “People that make others happy,” I hope this is not mere a dream. I hope it becomes the goal of our life and the principle of our practice within faith in this year. Pastor Sou-Young Lee(Saemoonan Church)(이수영 목사(새문안교회))
A love that will not let me go(나를 가게 하지 않는 사랑)/ Jeremiah 29:11-13(렘29:11-13), Psalms 37:1-7(시37:1-7), John 10:10(요10:10)/ 2006-07-04
A love that will not let me go(나를 가게 하지 않는 사랑) Jeremiah 29:11-13(렘29:11-13), Psalms 37:1-7(시37:1-7), John 10:10(요10:10) A love that will not let me go Jeremiah 29:11-13, Psalms 37:1-7, John 10:10 In 597 B. C. the Babylonians began to deport God’s chosen people, the Jewish nation, to Babylon. The people of God had chosen to walk away from their close fellowship with the Lord. What events have made a significant difference in your life? What crossroads are you facing? Which way does the Lord wants you or me to go? We need to hear his still, small voice. Jeremiah 29:11-13 1. He Knows All Things Work Together for Good for Us. Romans 8:28 assures us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” So we should remember that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He wants to have a personal relationship with us. Dr. George Wald, a Harvard biologist, once wrote, “What one really needs is not Nobel laureates but love. How does one think one gets to be a Nobel laureate? It’s a consolation prize. What matters is love.” Does, then, everything that happens in our lives come from the hand of a loving God? No, I don’t think so. On the other hand, our lives are always being guided, in the most difficult situations, by the Divine Hand of our loving Heavenly Father. If troubles come our way like it did to Israel, we can make the best of any difficult situation through trust in the Lord. I am sure as the Israelites were being removed from their homes they were asking why. We have circumstances that we create that can cause God to be displeased with us. But the Lord can work in everything to bring good out of it. When I was at a low point in my life, I stopped my truck at a red light in a small town in Texas and saw on a wooden, little sign in a window in a store that said Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you…” That particular day I sure couldn’t see any of his plans. It was a sad day, but as time has passed, I can see that the Lord was working out His plan for me. It wasn’t my plan. My plan had no plan then. I was ready to give up. But now I can say with Paul, “That we know that in all things God works good for us…” Are you struggling with something personally? God who loves you and me and is working within our lives as well as within your circumstances. Be patient with Him. Be patient with yourself. Even evil things that happen to us work out for our good because we have Jesus in our hearts. God has the whole world in His hand. He made the earth and the heavens. He knows everything. Is it too much for the us to trust in the Lord all of the time? 2. He Knows His Plans For Us. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you.” Are you like me sometimes and say, okay Lord, what is going on here? What are you trying to tell me, Lord? Let us be patient and know that God has a plan for us. We sometimes fear God’s plan for us. Remember God loves us and genuinely wants the best for us. Remember God has thoughts of good for us not evil. God’s thoughts are working toward our good not our bad. Even when things seem bad, they will begin to mend; God says He is at work. When God is at work we can count on it being perfect. In Psalms 37:4, for example, it says, “Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” If we put God first, in His time, He will give us His very best, if we will only wait. God’s plan can turn the worst stuff in our lives into the best. The Lord who loves us wants to bless us. God has even the timing all worked out. Also the Lord’s plans never fail. He knows how long it will take to work His plan in our lives. We do not know how long it will take God to work His plan in our lives. It takes a long time to grow a tree from an acorn. Let’s give our plans to God. Let’s see the great plans God has for us. God can have something for us so much greater than we can imagine. Which do you think will be better, your plan, my plan or God’s plan? A young chaplain friend of mine went to air assault school and put on his wings on his uniform. He wanted to go to Airborne school and Ranger school. He really was determined to go. He just knew that this was God’s will for His life. Yet, God had another plan. The Lord is sending him to a year of training in Clinical Pastoral Education at an Army hospital. When he finishes his year of studies, he will receive a doctor of ministry degree. Then He will be blessed with an assignment in an Army hospital for three years after his year of training. God blesses, doesn’t He? The Lord has thoughts of peace, grace, love and blessing for us in His beloved Son. 3. God’s Plan Includes Prayer Jeremiah 29:12 We are encouraged to pray. Since we know that God is love and He loves His children in good and in bad times, we can pray to Him. Our holy, righteous just, all powerful and loving Lord wants us to talk with Him in prayer. Call to the Lord in prayer and be assured of His answer. He gives us His promises to encourage us to seek Him. When the answer comes, which it will, we must go forward to meet it. “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you,” the Lord Jesus said. Persevere in prayer. God will meet those who seek Him. Ask and it shall be given you; given not lent, not sold you, but given you. What is more free than a gift? Whatever we pray for according to the promise, whatever you ask, shall be given you, if God sees fit for you to have it. Ask and have. It is but ask and have. We ask and have not because we don’t ask. We don’t have because we ask selfishly. Answers to prayer sometimes are very plain and clear. Other times the answers are not as clear. Let us seek the Lord in prayer. Let us diligently seek Him. When we seek the Lord with all our heart, we can be assured that He will be found. He is not in hiding. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” God rewards faith with His will, His way, His blessing, His grace, His presence and His answer. Never give up; the Lord is at work. By faith Jesus says, we can move mountains.
A man who eats the bread of life(생명의 떡을 먹는 사람)/ John 6:48-58(요6:48-58)/ 2003-06-11
A man who eats the bread of life(생명의 떡을 먹는 사람) John 6:48–58(요6:48-58) A man who eats the bread of life John 6:48–58 A man takes a food to keep his life and works to feed the food to his body. All alive that had eaten bread were dead. While, Jesus spoke of the bread of life personally which whoever eat it never is dead. “I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. – I am the living bread which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will for the life of the world.” All foods that we have taken are perished and everyone that had eaten the food was dead. So Jesus said of it, “labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures into everlasting life, which the son of man shall give into you. What is the bread of life that not perishes or not dead and how can we obtain it? 1. Jesus is the bread of life and that we eat the bread means that we believe in him. Jesus has come as the bread of life. He has come down from the Heaven to become a bread of life or a food for us, such as to crucify himself on the cross for us. The passage of 53 –55 in this paragraph says, “then. Jesus said into them, verily, verily, I say into you, except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoso eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. That we eat Jesus flesh, and drinks his blood means that we must believe in Jesus. Such as, that eating his flesh means that by our spirit, we believe in the fact that Jesus is the Son of God who is living and that his body was offered for us. That drinking us his blood means that we believe in the fact by spirit that he paid the worthy of our sin as shed his blood on the cross. That eating his flesh is the same behavior as that drinking his blood. As obtaining the life by eating a food, we may obtain the everlasting life as receiving him. 2. Jesus’ flesh is the true food for us and is the true drink his blood for us. “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed (55).” Jesus is the true food and true drink for everyone regardless of sex, old and young, or poor and rich. Whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This food is not an amount that we take for only a day but have to eat it we day by day. Without missing, we should eat it as believing in him. As eating it, it may become the true food within me. Also the family member each may live as believing Jesus. I hope that family all would live, eating and drinking of Jesus who is the true food and drink for us. 3. He who eats the bread of life lives, communicating with God. “He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him (56).” Dwelling in Jesus means that we live within him. If the bread of life of Jesus enters within me, we may communicate with Jesus and by his power, our soul is revived. The happiness of Jesus’ believer depends on communicating with him. Therefore, he that eats the bread of life may live satisfactorily, always communicating with Lord (John6: 35) 4. He that eats the bread of life lives by the grace of God (57). “As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me (57).” He that eats the Christ will be changed into his physical constitutes and come to resembling his personality into the configuration of Christ and make live as him. This is the living by Christ. If you ate the bread of life of Christ, his power shall come out of from you. Like this, he that eats the bread of life can praise under the trouble and persecution and even while he is dying, his face is radiant like an angel. This is because he lives, eating the bread of life by his grace. 5. He that eats the bread of life shall live forever and shall become a food to others. “This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your father did eat manna, and are dead: he that eats of this bread shall live forever (58).” We may live forever as eating Jesus the bread of life. Since Jesus saved us as becoming bread to us, we also must save other as becoming bread to them. Multitude men always followed him: since there was bread, a poor could eat the bread, a solitary man ate the comfort and fed courage to a discouragement, the health to sicknesses, the life to dead. Jesus was a friend to sinners and beings discarded. Dear everybody! Wherever you go, I hope that you would become a being who is able to feed eatable things to others. Only a man that bears the cross of Jesus can distribute the bread to others as being as bread to them. In this world, many are suffered from starvation: some of them thirst for real physical food, while there are filled fully with the beings to be fallen into hell’s fire forever without tasting a bread of life which is food of a spirit. Let us feed such men the bread of life and let us become ourselves bread over the starvations, thirsty, beings in rags, solitude, imprisoned, discarded and alienated. Let us eat the bread of life which makes us not dead forever and feed it to them to be saved. Pastor S. H. Park
A man who is worthy of God(하나님께 가치 있는 사람)/ Matthew 10:37-39(마10:37-39)/ 2002-11-15
A man who is worthy of God(하나님께 가치 있는 사람) Matthew 10:37-39(마10:37-39) A man who is worthy of God Matthew 10:37-39 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; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Who is Worthy of Me Over the past two weeks we have been going through our autumn season of early Morning Prayer. Through this prayer we are calling out to the title, teaching the lesson and conducting our training in the Lord. In this title, how is the Lord teaching and training us? And finally what kind of apostle he wants to make out of us? This is what we were learning during Early Morning Prayer. Today, our word will be about the conclusion of all of this training and learning over the past two weeks. What kind of apostle to we want to be? That is one who will take his cross and follow our Lord. That is the kind of apostle he wants. Lets read today’s scripture Matthew 10:37-39 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. When we look at this word, there are three times it says “not worthy of me” what does this mean? What kind of person is worthy of me? Anyone who loves me more than his father or mother. worthy of me. Anyone who loves me more than their son or daughter. worthy of me. Who ever take his cross and follow me. worthy of me. Follow me; is not the people who say they have found their life. Even though he has lost his life and takes his cross without fear, is the person who is worthy of me. This has a very deep meaning to touch your heart. Ah, when we hear this word, we see that it is not easy to truly follow our Lord. It is not too easy to be an apostle of our Lord. It is not going to be easy to work for the lord. We can feel this through today’s scripture. And yes, this is right, it is not easy. Of everything in this world, nothing is easy. Following our Lord, is actually not that simple. Well, lets look at today’s scripture with a little more detail. Today’s scripture says “not worthy of me” a lot, but when we look through this, it shows who is worthy of our Lord. First, what people are worthy of the Lord? Looking at verse 37, Anyone who loves me more than his father or mother. worthy of me. Anyone who loves me more than their son or daughter. worthy of me. When we hear this word, we feel a frightened. What does this mean? But, Maybe by looking at this word and understanding it, people with a family who are unfaithful or with a different religion and in this family one begins to love Jesus. these are the people who I think understand this word the best. Because of the fact that this family is going to start going to church, it is going to cause difficulties among the family. I wish to give you a better understanding of today’s scripture. By looking in front of today’s reading. look at verses 34-36. 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. What? What is the “good” meaning here? This is when people start to believe in the lord. The people who have no belief and those of different religions. In this kind of family, with this new religion in Christianity comes to them. It comes to them with a new and different view. it comes with a different way of doing things. Naturally, what would automatically change in this family? What is their response? I am sure it is not peace but more than likely fighting. We need to be prepared for this. Actually, if a person wants to do something. at all costs of reason they are going to get mentally prepared for this. That is how we can make it all possible. It’s like water. if you pour water into water, you get water. but if you pour liquor into water you get liquor. Two wrongs can’t be right. you cannot be right by both ways. Even in the following of Jesus. Keeping your faith and staying on the right path this is not a simple task. So, that is why it says, in verse 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; Secondly, who is worthy of the Lord? Let’s look at verse 38 of today’s reading, 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Who takes his cross and follows me. Most people in church go to church regularly and well. But most people remove their cross. What about these people? I am not sure which of you are this kind of person, but most people are like this. Let’s think about this for a minute. What do we think of ourselves on this? Are we people of faith? Do we try really hard to know our own crosses? And do we even try to carry our crosses through our life of faith? Or do we just want to take those crosses off? Which way is your faith going? If I ask you, it might be very difficult or uncomfortable to answer. We should all check our own faith. Maybe we should all do things in a little different way. While I am living my life of faith, I want to carry the smallest cross possible. Are we like this person? Or What ever the cross that our Lord has given us we carry without complaints. Are we this kind of person? What do you think? Before we check ourselves, we need to be honest with ourselves. If we are not honest we won’t be able to take care of our problems. Third, who is worthy of the Lord? Let’s look at verse 39. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Even if they loose their lives, they do not fear. This is worthy of the Lord. This word is very important. Because, without this word, all that we have learned so far might be a great big misunderstanding. Like what the Lord said in verse 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. It is like these words, that it is possible for some misunderstanding, but verse 39 it makes it all easier to understand. Before closing, I would like to better organize this message. Today’s scripture tells us like this. Who is not worthy of the Lord. 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. Let’s think about this one more time. Let’s look at the first and second part. Anyone who loves his own family more than Jesus is not worth of the Lord. Earlier with explanation we could understand. but let’s look at it a different way. First it says, father and mother. What does this mean? This means in our family. the people in our family that are higher than us. Of course we love, respect and support them. This is right; this is what we have to do. BUT, it is not worthy of the love of our LORD. And the second word is that of your son or daughter. and this means that in our faithful lives, we have people in our family that are of lower status than ourselves. and we love and take care of them. Yes, this is also right, but we do not do more than our love to the Lord. I hope you don’t misunderstand this part. Especially in today’s message, taking the Cross and finding our lives. This we need to look at carefully. Why do we need to look carefully? Because many people just go through the motions of church. But, we live our faith lives without worry or connection with our crosses. And, we don’t feel heavy or burdened, without pressure to believe in Jesus. There are many who live like this and come to church. Also, not just this; what I am trying to say is more important than this. That is how we try to do our faith without carrying our crosses, what kind of situation are we going to fall into? What kind of mistake will we make? What do you think of this point? Ok, we go to church, every Sunday. We do our worship service. and yep, sometimes we pray hard and learn something. We look at these people as people of faith. So, we can’t see anything in their spirit of their love for the cross of Jesus. So, when we keep our faith in this manner, how do we get in? They are falling because of their superstition. This is their mistake or error. This is very important. So, that is why the Lord said it that way as in verse 38. Anyone who wants to follow me must take his cross and follow me. Especially, we look at the middle of this word. It says, follow me. we have to be careful not to say, “Learn from me.” Follow me: How do we follow the Lord? What should we do? Not just carrying the Cross. but we must take our Crosses and follow the Lord. Maybe, not following the Lord, and just knowing of the Lord or just learning of the Lord. It is possible to do this without carrying your cross. We put our bible on our desk, and we can sit at our desk and learn. But if we follow the Lord we take our cross and follow the lord. Everything is possible. And when we follow the Lord, without carrying the cross, we can be easily tested by temptation. And we can complain and blame others easily over the smallest matters. Making it easy for us to give up and fall down. It was this point that our Lord already knew. So, anyone who wants to follow Jesus must take his cross and follow me. That is why he said clearly. 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. If we look at the hymnal, there are a lot of hymn’s about the cross. but I found one #365 that shows the meaning well. Verse one and two of this hymn. 1. Must Jesus bear the cross alone, And all the world go free? No, there’s a cross for every one, And there’s a cross for me. 2. The consecrated cross I’ll bear Till death shall set me free, and then go home my crown to wear; For there’s a crown for me. What does this mean? The Consecrated Cross I’ll Bear? This means the cross that is rightly mine. So, I hang mine from my neck to be my burden. This cross of mine I will always take care of and follow the Lord and then go home my crown to wear. That is what this Hymn was about. Lets all sing together. Verse one and two of this hymn. #365 Last week we began voting for our elders, and we have yet another week of voting this week. We have to choose. Like in today’s word. we have to choose those who are worthy of the Lord. We should never vote for someone who called in secret and asked us for help or offered a bribe. I want to be an elder please support me, vote for me. No, we shouldn’t vote for them. I don’t know who did it, or who asks a favor but you know who they are. So, who do we need to elect to these positions? Not the secret or covert people, but the ones who honestly and sincerely give worship to the lord. He who carries his cross and follows the Lord. It is that person we should support and elect. Why? Well, those people are worthy of the Lord. No doubt about it. It is this kind of person we should elect to work for our Church. So, those who ran their secrets and bribes should be blocked and not allowed to be an officer in our church. This should be made impossible. So, that is how our church can be a real church. I as your pastor, ask you all a very serious favor. This is our holy church. Not part of the outside world. Don’t vote in the way of the outside world. This would be absolutely incorrect. Does he really have the worth of the Lord? Can he give his life for the church or the Lord? Not thinking of his position of Honor. But is he in a good place of service? Let’s all take time to pray for this and the good decision of our congregation. I want our church to be a good example of a church here in Daegu. When the voting is all finished, I don’t want to hear or say anything bad about the way anyone was elected. When we vote we should pray and let the Holy Spirit help us make our selections so that we may truly celebrate the elected. And so that we may be able to help these people provide a great service to the Lord. We should support him or her in their needs. In the meantime, the ones who were not elected, we should pray to comfort them. Giving them support as well. Let’s make our church of one mind, and a beautiful congregation. Pastor Jung-suk Lim(임정석 목사)
A Marriage Make-Over(결혼 개조)/ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8(고전13:4-8)/ 2004-06-20
A Marriage Make-Over(결혼 개조) 1 Corinthians 13:4-8(고전13:4-8) A Marriage Make-Over 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 A Thought for Today: The Love Chapter “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...” I Corinthians 13:4-8a Most people see love through rose colored glasses. It is blind and we want to see the best in that special person romantically. But love isn’t always about romance and good feelings. It is about an emotion that expresses itself more clearly in actions. We need to get past the emotions to the real meaning of the word, LOVE. LOVE is- patient with others, kind to others. It is NOT full of envy, boastful, proud, rude or self-seeking. It isn’t easily angered, doesn’t keep records or accounts of wrongs, mistakes, or anything else. Love is NOT evil, and therefore doesn’t delight in evil of any kind. Because real LOVE rejoices in the truth. In the final analysis, LOVE always protects, trusts, has hope, and perseveres through the good and bad times in life. And finally, LOVE never fails. Love can’t fail in and of itself. People fail showing real love to those we profess to love. That is why this mini series is so very important. Not only married couples, but to everyone. As we all need to learn God’s ways in perfecting our lives to produce love and good works. As we gets the true meaning of LOVE, in one’s heart, we can be fruitful in marriage. If you’re single and preparing for marriage this is good stuff. If your not ready for marriage, it still offers you tools to use, when and if that special time comes. Most important! Love is to be expressed as God does unconditionally. We call this in the Greek, “Agape.” For God’s love is to be expressed at all times, to all people. So, our sermon text is valuable, at all times. Sermon Introduction: Have you ever heard the word, “Make-Over?” It is to make something better from what it originally was. For example: A house make-over, from old to a new remodel. A car make-over, from an old rust bucket to being restored. And last, but not least.... a human make-over. This is where a person receives a new wardrobe of clothes, hair changes, plastic or reconstructive surgery from top to bottom. These types of things are popular TV programs you can see in Korea from the USA. It is absolutely amazing! Ugly people becoming attractive. Some people are born with beauty and good looks. Others work at it, to change naturally. And then some need more professional help to do this, as the defects are more than just plain cosmetic. And that is why the word extreme make-over is common for this procedure. With this theme in mind, we are going to look at what it takes to have a “Marriage Make-Over.” Here in Korea, people tend to endure if marriages are difficult and in a crisis. Marriage counseling is rare and almost never used. In this 21st Century we are in a relational crisis mode. Marriages, families, relationships of all kinds, are in trouble. We need tools to help us overcome and repair the broken parts and have reconciliation & restoration come into being. Let’s go deeper into our theme: What goes wrong in a Marriage? 1. Unrealistic Expectations: When we have high expectations for perfection, with no one being perfect accept Jesus, things are just plain unrealistic. This causes major disappointments and problems in marriage. 2. Unaccepted Differences: Opposites usually attract. But, after marriage differences usually add cause for attack. When dating is new and exciting, some differences cause an attraction but afterwards, problems! 3. Unresolved Issues: Things that haven’t been resolved in the relationship having to do with finances, sex, communication and other family issues, can cause some difficult times in marriage. 4. Unforgiven Hurts: Here is the # 1 sin in marriages and relationships everywhere. When one has been hurt and unforgiveness sets in. The marriage is up for doom and gloom continually. So these areas are roots to what goes wrong in marriages and pitfalls to be very careful of. It seems to reason, we must guard against them and take to heart tools, to resolve these problems. Essentials for a Healthy Marriage: God’s # 1 tool for marriage is the use of a mate to help in the area of Sanctification. To help us not conform to this world and be set apart. It is the godly mate who helps keep us in check. To keep us on the straight and narrow in the Lord. Also , forgiveness is to be a daily habit. The words; “Honey I’m so SORRY!” Should be continually on our lips. Because we tend to make mistakes, do things we shouldn’t do, say things we shouldn’t say, and so on. Don’t forget! The Love Chapter.... Live it! Let me repeat this passage with the New Living Translation. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through ever circumstance. Love will last forever...” I Corinthians 13:4-8a Let’s go a bit further in our study. I want to give you some very important pointers to use as foundational, for your marriage make-over. Steps to a Marriage Make-Over: 1. Accepting Responsibility We all need to accept responsibility for our part in problems areas. Take the responsibility for one’s own mistakes, short-comings, and problem areas within the marriage. Don’t compare other marriages, complain to, or blame your mate for the difficulties you created. “For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” Galatians 6;5 2. Believe God for Changes If God Almighty can bring people to salvation, do miracles, perform great and might things. Why can’t you believe God to change your marriage? “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matt. 19:26 3. Commit to Doing Whatever it Takes The key here is plainly, pray & obey. You keep praying and obeying the Word of God. Don’t give up! Don’t give into temptation and practice what the Bible says. Commitment is the KEY! “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if We do not give up.” Gal. 6:9 4. Deal with Unresolved Hurts Let me tell you how important it is to deal with root problems that deal with unresolved hurt issues. It will make a difference in the marriage picture. Here is the key.... “I was wrong.” Look, we men sometimes are clueless to what we say and do toward our wives. Our facial expressions, tone of voice, outward & inward behavior all plays into the wife’s emotions. Women, it is also important to be supportive and not be a nag. Complaint after complaint will never bring harmony into the home. Admit when you are wrong, swallow your pride and see what a difference it will make. Don’t hold onto hurts, take time to talk and discuss the issue and deal appropriately with them. Unresolved hurts don’t go away by themselves. “Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16 (NLT) “You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Col. 3:13 (NLT) 5. Enlist Support from Other Resources We know we can use the Bible as a key resource, but there are also great Christian books that can be a great support and resource guide for your marriage, family, as well as other materials for dating, the engagement process and more. One of my real concerns here in Korea is the lack of pastoral care in the area of counseling. Most people will not want to share their problems with a pastor. Therefore, most marriages with problems go on and on without any support or resources to help. We need this to be changed! I would ask that churches begin to explore the area of counseling as a valued instrument/tool in making the church healthy, marriages strong, and families stay together. “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established” Prov. 24:3 “Get all the advise and instruction you can...” Proverbs 19:20 (NLT) 6. Focus on Trusting Jesus When we have the right focus we can see things much clearer. It makes perfect sense! Put God first, marriage and family next, then everything else under that, even church activities. Putting God first doesn’t mean be more involved with church. It means to be focused on Jesus, Trusting in God and allowing your faith to grow and become strong. The Lord needs to be the “Center” of the family. Not your job, career, education, church, or anything else. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith...” Heb. 12:2 (NIV) “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.” Phil. 2:13 (NLT) In Closing: We have had a lesson regarding marriage from the negative side of, “What goes Wrong in a Marriage.” To the positive side of, “Essentials for a Healthy Marriage.” And most importantly, “Steps to Marriage Make-Over.” First we need to give-up our own will and realize we are powerless without God’s help. That is why our ABC’s.... Accept, Believe, Commit, Deal, Enlist, & Focus on Trusting Jesus. Are you still with me? We can use the tools we learned today and hopefully put into practice ASAP! I’m sure my wife will be much happier, it I walk the talk, instead of talking the talk. That means, living out what you say. Instead of talking without action. If you are.... Then let’s Pray! Questions & Answers for Small Group Interactions and Discussions: 1. Talk about “What goes wrong in a marriage” 2. Talk about “Essentials for a healthy marriage” 3. Share thoughts about the Love chapter in I Corinthians 13 A) Should forgiveness be a daily habit? B) How about Sanctification? 4. What do you think about these six steps to a Marriage Make-Over? 5. Share open discussions (free-talking) etc. 6. Pray for singles (dating) practices, future marriage partners, and marriages. 7. Minister to each other. Pastor Steven C. Mendoza
A Marriage Make-Over(결혼 개조)/ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8(고전13:4-8)/ 2004-06-20
A Marriage Make-Over(결혼 개조) 1 Corinthians 13:4-8(고전13:4-8) A Marriage Make-Over 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 A Thought for Today: The Love Chapter “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...” I Corinthians 13:4-8a Most people see love through rose colored glasses. It is blind and we want to see the best in that special person romantically. But love isn’t always about romance and good feelings. It is about an emotion that expresses itself more clearly in actions. We need to get past the emotions to the real meaning of the word, LOVE. LOVE is- patient with others, kind to others. It is NOT full of envy, boastful, proud, rude or self-seeking. It isn’t easily angered, doesn’t keep records or accounts of wrongs, mistakes, or anything else. Love is NOT evil, and therefore doesn’t delight in evil of any kind. Because real LOVE rejoices in the truth. In the final analysis, LOVE always protects, trusts, has hope, and perseveres through the good and bad times in life. And finally, LOVE never fails. Love can’t fail in and of itself. People fail showing real love to those we profess to love. That is why this mini series is so very important. Not only married couples, but to everyone. As we all need to learn God’s ways in perfecting our lives to produce love and good works. As we gets the true meaning of LOVE, in one’s heart, we can be fruitful in marriage. If you’re single and preparing for marriage this is good stuff. If your not ready for marriage, it still offers you tools to use, when and if that special time comes. Most important! Love is to be expressed as God does unconditionally. We call this in the Greek, “Agape.” For God’s love is to be expressed at all times, to all people. So, our sermon text is valuable, at all times. Sermon Introduction: Have you ever heard the word, “Make-Over?” It is to make something better from what it originally was. For example: A house make-over, from old to a new remodel. A car make-over, from an old rust bucket to being restored. And last, but not least.... a human make-over. This is where a person receives a new wardrobe of clothes, hair changes, plastic or reconstructive surgery from top to bottom. These types of things are popular TV programs you can see in Korea from the USA. It is absolutely amazing! Ugly people becoming attractive. Some people are born with beauty and good looks. Others work at it, to change naturally. And then some need more professional help to do this, as the defects are more than just plain cosmetic. And that is why the word extreme make-over is common for this procedure. With this theme in mind, we are going to look at what it takes to have a “Marriage Make-Over.” Here in Korea, people tend to endure if marriages are difficult and in a crisis. Marriage counseling is rare and almost never used. In this 21st Century we are in a relational crisis mode. Marriages, families, relationships of all kinds, are in trouble. We need tools to help us overcome and repair the broken parts and have reconciliation & restoration come into being. Let’s go deeper into our theme: What goes wrong in a Marriage? 1. Unrealistic Expectations: When we have high expectations for perfection, with no one being perfect accept Jesus, things are just plain unrealistic. This causes major disappointments and problems in marriage. 2. Unaccepted Differences: Opposites usually attract. But, after marriage differences usually add cause for attack. When dating is new and exciting, some differences cause an attraction but afterwards, problems! 3. Unresolved Issues: Things that haven’t been resolved in the relationship having to do with finances, sex, communication and other family issues, can cause some difficult times in marriage. 4. Unforgiven Hurts: Here is the # 1 sin in marriages and relationships everywhere. When one has been hurt and unforgiveness sets in. The marriage is up for doom and gloom continually. So these areas are roots to what goes wrong in marriages and pitfalls to be very careful of. It seems to reason, we must guard against them and take to heart tools, to resolve these problems. Essentials for a Healthy Marriage: God’s # 1 tool for marriage is the use of a mate to help in the area of Sanctification. To help us not conform to this world and be set apart. It is the godly mate who helps keep us in check. To keep us on the straight and narrow in the Lord. Also , forgiveness is to be a daily habit. The words; “Honey I’m so SORRY!” Should be continually on our lips. Because we tend to make mistakes, do things we shouldn’t do, say things we shouldn’t say, and so on. Don’t forget! The Love Chapter.... Live it! Let me repeat this passage with the New Living Translation. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through ever circumstance. Love will last forever...” I Corinthians 13:4-8a Let’s go a bit further in our study. I want to give you some very important pointers to use as foundational, for your marriage make-over. Steps to a Marriage Make-Over: 1. Accepting Responsibility We all need to accept responsibility for our part in problems areas. Take the responsibility for one’s own mistakes, short-comings, and problem areas within the marriage. Don’t compare other marriages, complain to, or blame your mate for the difficulties you created. “For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” Galatians 6;5 2. Believe God for Changes If God Almighty can bring people to salvation, do miracles, perform great and might things. Why can’t you believe God to change your marriage? “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matt. 19:26 3. Commit to Doing Whatever it Takes The key here is plainly, pray & obey. You keep praying and obeying the Word of God. Don’t give up! Don’t give into temptation and practice what the Bible says. Commitment is the KEY! “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if We do not give up.” Gal. 6:9 4. Deal with Unresolved Hurts Let me tell you how important it is to deal with root problems that deal with unresolved hurt issues. It will make a difference in the marriage picture. Here is the key.... “I was wrong.” Look, we men sometimes are clueless to what we say and do toward our wives. Our facial expressions, tone of voice, outward & inward behavior all plays into the wife’s emotions. Women, it is also important to be supportive and not be a nag. Complaint after complaint will never bring harmony into the home. Admit when you are wrong, swallow your pride and see what a difference it will make. Don’t hold onto hurts, take time to talk and discuss the issue and deal appropriately with them. Unresolved hurts don’t go away by themselves. “Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16 (NLT) “You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Col. 3:13 (NLT) 5. Enlist Support from Other Resources We know we can use the Bible as a key resource, but there are also great Christian books that can be a great support and resource guide for your marriage, family, as well as other materials for dating, the engagement process and more. One of my real concerns here in Korea is the lack of pastoral care in the area of counseling. Most people will not want to share their problems with a pastor. Therefore, most marriages with problems go on and on without any support or resources to help. We need this to be changed! I would ask that churches begin to explore the area of counseling as a valued instrument/tool in making the church healthy, marriages strong, and families stay together. “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established” Prov. 24:3 “Get all the advise and instruction you can...” Proverbs 19:20 (NLT) 6. Focus on Trusting Jesus When we have the right focus we can see things much clearer. It makes perfect sense! Put God first, marriage and family next, then everything else under that, even church activities. Putting God first doesn’t mean be more involved with church. It means to be focused on Jesus, Trusting in God and allowing your faith to grow and become strong. The Lord needs to be the “Center” of the family. Not your job, career, education, church, or anything else. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith...” Heb. 12:2 (NIV) “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.” Phil. 2:13 (NLT) In Closing: We have had a lesson regarding marriage from the negative side of, “What goes Wrong in a Marriage.” To the positive side of, “Essentials for a Healthy Marriage.” And most importantly, “Steps to Marriage Make-Over.” First we need to give-up our own will and realize we are powerless without God’s help. That is why our ABC’s.... Accept, Believe, Commit, Deal, Enlist, & Focus on Trusting Jesus. Are you still with me? We can use the tools we learned today and hopefully put into practice ASAP! I’m sure my wife will be much happier, it I walk the talk, instead of talking the talk. That means, living out what you say. Instead of talking without action. If you are.... Then let’s Pray! Questions & Answers for Small Group Interactions and Discussions: 1. Talk about “What goes wrong in a marriage” 2. Talk about “Essentials for a healthy marriage” 3. Share thoughts about the Love chapter in I Corinthians 13 A) Should forgiveness be a daily habit? B) How about Sanctification? 4. What do you think about these six steps to a Marriage Make-Over? 5. Share open discussions (free-talking) etc. 6. Pray for singles (dating) practices, future marriage partners, and marriages. 7. Minister to each other. Pastor Steven C. Mendoza
Endurance: Mark of a Good Christian Pilgrim(인내, 훌륭한 그리스도인의 순례의 특징)/ 2 Timothy 2:1-7(딤후2:1-7)/ Rev. W.N.B. Appiah/ 영한대역설교/ 2012-02-12
Endurance: Mark of a Good Christian Pilgrim(인내, 훌륭한 그리스도인의 순례의 특징) 2 Timothy 2:1-7(딤후2:1-7) Sermon Theme: Endurance: mark of a Good Christian Pilgrim Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-7 Preacher: Rev. W.N.B. Appiah 1. Introduction A story is told of a missionary, who after working in a foreign land for the whole of his life decided to return to his home country on his retirement. Seeing his retirement and his home going as a very important chapter in his life, he wrote letters to inform his relatives and few friends he could remember, that he was coming home. Having given the time of his arrival in the mail, he expected them to meet him and welcome him home. But to his shock, on arrival, there was no body to meet him. Not even one person. Filled with sadness he sat and begin to weep. But God spoke to him and said “my son you have not come home yet. You don’t have a home in this world. There are thousands of angels waiting to welcome you home. 2. Pilgrimage as a Metaphor of Christian Life This is to underscore the fact that the Christian life is a journey through this world. Jacob described his life as a pilgrimage when asked of his age by Pharaoh (Ge.47:9). King David also acknowledged this truth before God when he said in his prayer “We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers...” (1 Chronicles 29:15 c/f Ps.39:12). The writer of Hebrews also testifies to this as he wrote to express the thoughts of the patriarchs “..and they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth” (Hebrews 11:13; 13:14). Again the apostle Peter also confirms it and says “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in this world, ...” (1 Pe.2:11). We can now say that the Bible confirms the Christian’s life on this earth as making a journey and our destination is heaven where our Father, God and our Lord Jesus Christ and the hosts of angels are awaiting us. 3. Risks and Dangers in the Way In every pilgrimage there are risks to take and dangers to face. There are accidents that can take one’s life and there could be discouraging heavy traffic jams that can make the journey boring. In the same way there are life threatening risks and dangers in our Christian life which we need to overcome to make a successful journey to our destination heaven. Israel often sinned against God through idol worship and had to be punished by God several times. In the New Testament Jesus suffered persecution and even death from the hands of the Jews (Mk.10:33-34) and the disciples, including Paul, also faced the threat of death and Paul especially suffered many beatings and persecutions (2 Cor.4:8-12), which could have discouraged them from continuing with the Christian life. But none of them gave up the Christian life. For when the Lord asked the twelve disciples in John 6:67 if they would want to quit, Peter answered and said “Lord to whom shall we go? ...” (6:68). How then could they survive these difficulties and remain steadfast with the Lord? In other words what was their secret for their endurance? 4. Making a Successful Journey Many things go into making a successful journey through risks and dangers. For example there is the purpose of the journey, watchfulness and good guidance. But above all these is endurance. No matter how watchful one can be, or how good the purpose or the goal of the journey is or how good one’s guidance is, without endurance it will be difficult to succeed. Endurance is therefore a very important element in our Christian life. Without it we cannot make it. 5. Endurance The apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ. But earlier in chapter 1, Paul had outlined some of the difficulties and the problems that faced Timothy and for that matter our present Christian community. For example he tells him “not to be ashamed to testify” about the Lord and also not fail to stand by him in his suffering (2 Tim.1:8). Paul uses three imageries a soldier, a farmer and an athlete to emphasize this important theme. The lesson is that people in any of these professions hold on to endurance as the key to success. For that reason the soldier trains all time under all conditions to enable him/her endure in times of war so as to win his master’s favor. The farmer also endures the hard and sometimes cruel weather to tend the crops so that he/she can reap bountiful harvest. While the athlete also trains hard in order to win his/her competitions. This teaches us that the Christian like the soldier, farmer or athlete needs to endure the various temptations and difficulties, which we meet as Christians. Paul endured the persecutions that came his way. Jesus also “for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb.12:2). Neither Paul, nor any of the apostles nor Jesus enjoyed the problems, risks and dangers that faced them, yet they patiently faced them and endured them. But today many of us run away from problems because we cannot endure the discomfort involved. 6. Spiritual Exercise Paul telling Timothy to be godly wrote “..train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of value, but godliness has value for all things” (1 Tim.4:7b-8). The Christian needs to train to be godly through spiritual exercises. These are: praying without ceasing (1 Thess.5:17) sometimes with fasting, reading and devotional study of the Bible (2 Tim.3:16-17), constant meditation on the word of God (Jos.1: 8), constantly sharing the gospel with the unbelievers [(i.e. seeking the lost for the Lord) Matt. 28: 19-20], constantly being in fellowship with other believers (Heb.10:25) and constantly praising God for who He is. As we begin to practice these in the Church and at home, we fall in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit and through Him we are strengthened to overcome. Hard training is the key to endurance but it could also be an obstacle in itself. We therefore need an incentive to urge us on. A farmer’s incentive for his hard work is what he/she expects to harvest. The athlete’s incentive is the crown or price, which is at stake. Paul’s incentive was “for the sake of others” (2 Tim.2:10) and also “in other to rule with Christ” (2 Tim.2:12a) and that of Jesus was for the joy that was ahead of Him. We must be train hard to endure because there is a great (Lk.6:23, 35) reward of incorruptible crown (1 Cor.9:25)a crown of glory (1 Pe.5:4; Rev.2:10). 7. Conclusion The Bible teaches that the Christian life on this earth is a journey that we are making. It is full of dangers, risks and problems. But we need to be able to endure all these dangers and problems. Endurance therefore becomes a key word for the Christian. But endurance comes through vigorous training in spiritual exercises. Though the training could in itself deter us, let the incentives that are there for us i.e. the incorruptible crown, encourage us to begin our spiritual exercise if we are not already doing it. But if we are already doing it then continue. May the grace of God be with you. ***************************************************************************************** 인내, 훌륭한 그리스도인의 순례의 특징 딤후2:1-7 1. 들어가며 평생을 외국에서 일을 한 후 은퇴하자마자 고국으로 돌아가겠다고 결심한 선교사 이야기가 있습니다. 그의 삶에서 은퇴 후 고향으로 가는 것은 아주 중요한 일이었기에 그는 그가 기억할 수 있는 친척들과 몇 안 되는 친구들에게 고향으로 돌아간다는 편지를 썼습니다. 편지로 자기의 도착 시간을 알려주었기에 그들이 그를 마중 나와 환영해 줄 것이라 기대했습니다. 그런데 그만 그가 놀랍게도 그를 만나러 마중 나온 사람은 아무도 없었습니다. 한 사람도 없었던 것입니다. 슬픔에 가득차서 그는 앉아 울기 시작했습니다. 그런데 하나님이 그에게 말씀 하셨습니다. “나의 아들아 너는 아직 고향에 오지 않았다. 이 세상에는 너를 위한 집이 없느니라. 네가 고향에 온 것을 환영하기 위해 기다리는 수천 명의 천사들이 있다.” 2. 그리스도인 삶의 은유로서의 순례 위의 이야기는 그리스도인들에게 삶이란 이 세상을 통과하는 여행임을 강조하기 위한 이야기입니다. 야곱은 바로 왕이 그의 나이를 물었을 때 그의 삶은 나그네의 길이라고 설명했습니다. 다윗왕도 그의 기도에서 주 앞에서 이런 진실을 인정했습니다. “우리가 우리 열조와 다름이 없이 나그네와 우거한 자라” (대상29:15, 참조 시39:12). 히브리서의 작자 또한 이스라엘 민족의 조상에 대한 생각을 표현할 때 이렇게 증거하고 있습니다. “또 땅에서는 외국인과 나그네로라 증거 하였으니”(히11:13, 히13:14). 또한 사도 베드로도 이를 확증하여 다음과 같이 말하고 있습니다. “사랑하는 자들아 나그네와 행인 같은 너희를 권하노니...”(벧전2:11). 이 세상에서의 그리스도인들의 삶이란 하나의 여행이며 우리의 종착역은 천국 - 하나님 아버지와 우리 주 예수 그리스도와 천사의 무리가 우리를 기다리는 - 임을 성경에서 확실히 밝히고 있습니다. 3. 가로막는 위급과 위험 모든 순례에는 무릅써야 할 위급과 맞서야 하는 위험이 있습니다. 목숨을 걸어야 하는 사건들이 있으며 여행을 지루하게 만들 수 있는 낙담할 만한 교통 체증이 있을 수도 있습니다. 마찬가지로 우리 그리스도인들의 삶에도 우리의 종착역인 천국까지 성공적인 여행을 완수하기 위해 극복해야 할 목숨을 위협하는 위급과 위험이 있게 마련입니다. 이스라엘은 우상 숭배를 하여 하나님에 대해 죄를 지었고 몇 번 하나님께 벌을 받아야 했습니다. 신약에서는 예수님은 박해를 받고 유대인들의 손에 의해 죽임을 당하셨으며(막10:33-34), 바울을 포함한 제자들 또한 죽음의 위협에 직면했으며 특히 바울은 그리스도인 삶을 계속할 수 없게 만들 수도 있는 많은 몰매와 핍박을 당했습니다(고후4:8-12). 그러나 어느 누구도 그리스도인의 삶을 포기하지 않았습니다. 요6:67에서 예수께서 12 제자들에게 너희도 가려느냐고 물었을 때 시몬 베드로가 대답하되 “주여 우리가 뉘에게로 가오리이까? ...”(요6:68). 그러면 그들은 어떻게 이런 어려움을 극복하고 주님과 확고부동하게 같이 갈 수 있었을까요? 즉 이런 인내의 비결은 무엇이었을까요? 4. 성공적인 여행 만들기 위급과 위험 중에서도 성공적인 여행을 만들기 위해서는 많은 것이 필요하겠지요. 예를 들면 여행의 목적, 조심성, 훌륭한 안내자 등이 있을 것입니다. 그러나 무엇보다도 인내가 있어야 합니다. 아무리 조심한다 할지라도, 여행의 목적이나 목표가 훌륭하다 할지라도, 안내자가 좋다 할지라도 인내 없이는 성공하기 어려울 것입니다. 그러므로 인내는 그리스도인의 삶에서 아주 중요한 요소입니다. 이것 없이는 성공할 수 없습니다. 5. 인내 사도 바울은 디모데에게 그리스도의 훌륭한 병사로서 어려움을 인내하라고 권고합니다. 그러나 1장 앞부분에서 바울은 디모데가 처한 어려움과 문제점을 지적하고 있으며 이 문제는 우리의 현재 기독교 공동체에서도 마찬가지입니다. 예를 들어 주에 대한 “증거 하는 것”을 부끄러워 말고 고난 중에서도 그와 함께 하라고 말하고 있습니다. 바울은 세 가지 비유적 표현, 곧 이 중요한 주제를 강조하기 위해 병사, 농부, 운동선수를 사용했습니다. 이런 직업을 가진 사람들은 성공의 열쇠로 인내를 지녀야 한다는 것입니다. 이런 이유로 병사는 상사의 호의를 얻기 위해 전쟁 시 인내할 수 있도록 어떤 상황 하에서도 항상 훈련해야 합니다. 농부 또한 풍성한 곡식을 수확하기 위해 어렵고 때로는 무자비한 날씨를 견디어 작물을 돌보아야 합니다. 운동선수 또한 경쟁에서 이기기 위해 열심히 운동해야 합니다. 이것은 그리스도인도 병사, 농부, 운동선수들처럼 그리스도인으로서 만나게 될 여러 가지 다양한 유혹과 어려움을 인내할 필요가 있다는 것을 가르쳐줍니다. 바울은 그 앞에 온 핍박을 견뎌냈습니다. 예수님 또한 “그 앞에 있는 즐거움을 위하여 십자가를 참으사 부끄러움을 개의치 아니하시더니 하나님 보좌 우편에 앉으셨느니라”(히12:2). 바울도, 제자들도, 예수님도 그들에게 직면한 문제와 위급과 위험을 즐기지는 않았지만 참을성 있게 그것들과 부딪쳐서 견뎌내셨습니다. 그런데 우리들 많은 이들은 이런 불편을 참지 못하고 문제에서 도망칩니다. 6. 영적인 훈련 디모데에게 경건하라고 말하는 바울은 “ ... 오직 경건에 이르기를 연습하라 육체의 연습은 약간의 유익이 있으나 경건은 범사에 유익하니”(딤전4:7b-8). 그리스도인들은 영적인 훈련을 통해 경건해지는 훈련을 할 필요가 있습니다. 영적인 훈련이란: 끊임없이 기도하기(살전5:17), 때로는 단식을 동반한 성경 통독과 헌신적인 성경공부(딤후3:16-17), 하나님 말씀의 꾸준한 묵상(수1:8), 믿지 않는 자에게 꾸준히 복음 전하기 [주님을 위해 잃어버린 양을 찾기], 믿는 자와의 끊임없는 교제(히10:25), 하나님을 꾸준히 찬양하기. 이런 훈련을 교회와 집에서 실시하기 시작하면 성령님과 계속적인 교제를 하게 되어 어려움을 극복할 수 있는 힘을 얻게 됩니다. 힘든 훈련은 인내의 열쇠이기도 하지만 그 차제로는 방해가 될 수도 있습니다. 그러므로 이것을 계속할 수 있는 인센티브가 필요합니다. 농부에게 있어 근면할 수 있게 해 주는 인센티브는 수확에 대한 기대감일 것입니다. 운동선수에게는 상패나 상금이겠지요. 바울에게 있어 인센티브는 “타인을 위하여”였으며(딤후2:10), “그리스도와 함께 왕 노릇하기 위해”(딤후2:12a)였습니다. 예수님에게 있어 인센티브는 그 앞에 놓여 있는 기쁨 때문이었습니다. 썩지 아니할 면류관(고전9:25), 영광의 면류관(벧전5:4, 계2:10)이라는 커다란 상(눅6:23,35)이 있으므로 우리는 인내할 수 있도록 열심히 훈련되어야 합니다. 7. 결론 성경은 이 세상에서의 그리스도인의 삶은 하나의 여행이라고 가르쳐줍니다. 위험과 위급과 문제로 가득 차 있습니다. 그러나 우리는 이 모든 위험과 문제들을 견뎌낼 수 있어야 합니다. 그러므로 인내란 그리스도인들에게는 키워드가 되는 것입니다. 인내란 영적인 훈련이라는 강건한 훈련을 통해 나오는 것입니다. 비록 훈련 그 자체가 우리를 좌절시킬 수도 있겠지만 우리를 위해 있는 - 썩지 않는 면류관 -이라는 인센티브가 우리가 영적 훈련을 아직 하고 있지 않다면 우리가 영적 훈련을 시작할 수 있도록 격려해줄 것입니다. 하지만 우리가 벌써 하고 있다면 계속 합시다. 하나님의 은혜가 함께 하시기를 축원합니다.
The Godly Portrait of Marriage(1)(결혼의 신성한 초상(1))/ Celebrate The Difference(서로 다른 것을 찬양하라)/ Genesis 2:18-25(창2:18-25)/ 2015-02-12
The Godly Portrait of Marriage(1)(결혼의 신성한 초상(1))/ Celebrate The Difference(서로 다른 것을 찬양하라) Genesis 2:18-25(창2:18-25) The Godly Portrait of Marriage, Pt. 1 “Celebrate The Difference” Genesis 2:18-2:25 (NIV, NIRV, TNIV, KJV) I’m told that an angel came to Adam before Eve was created and said, “I have a proposition for you Adam. We are going to create for you an individual like you, but a little different – a female!” So Adam said, “Well what will she be all about? What will she do?” The angel told Adam, “She will take such good care of you, smell so sweet, love and respect you 24/7, and she will look so beautiful!” To that Adam said, “Well, this sounds great, but what will she cost me?” The angel responded, “She’s going to cost an arm and a leg!” Finally Adam said, “What do you think I can get for a rib?” Question – whose better, the man or the woman? The answer is YES! A man is infinitely superior to a woman at being a man and a woman is infinitely superior to a man at being a woman! God made us completely different so that He might make man and woman ONE! Caution: let no one but God define your marriage and sexuality! Genesis 2:19-25 Adam has dominion over all the animals but yet wasn’t satisfied; none of the animals could satisfy and supply all his needs. Then God makes Eve - and Adam proclaimed, “This is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh!” So immediately we now know human sexuality is established for all generations! So let’s look at the wonderful differences that unite us in marriage. (In generalities): 1. The Beauty And The Beast. Generally women are weaker than men! 1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” God created Adam stronger than Eve for 2 purposes, not so he could abuse her, dominate her, or control her live. • To be a provider • To be a protector Eve = life giver, the root word of “woman” in Hebrew is to be soft. She is created softer, cuddlier, but not inferior to Adam. Here’s an example, silk is weaker than canvas, but not inferior to it. Porcelain is weaker than steel but not inferior to it. You can’t drink tea from a sledge hammer! Did you know? • 40% of a man’s body is muscle and 25% of a woman’s body is muscle. • There are 1½ gallons of blood in a man’s body. There is 4/5 of a gallon of blood in a woman’s body. A woman doesn’t have as many capillaries carrying blood to the skin service, that’s why they get so much colder than men. Who is superior? Neither - celebrate the difference! 2. The Tortoise And The Hare. We all know the story! Men are like the rabbit and women are like the tortoise. Men have more energy but she has a lot more stamina and durability! How do we know this? Women have a black belt in shopping! We would do good to learn the weaknesses and strength of our spouse! 3. The Romantic And The Mechanic. Men we have a job to get done – dress the garden! Hard outer shell Women are the caressers, child bearers. Romance doesn’t always come easy for men! We’re wired differently! Women, your husband may never be as romantic as you – he may have been before you got married, but soon after he had a brain transplant! Notice the book or magazines women and men look at: Women: “How To Develop Closeness With Your Mate”, “Harmony in Marriage”, “How To Achieve Intimacy”, “How To Kiss Better” Men: “How To Be A Champion Bass Fisherman”, “How Not To Get Hooked” On T.V. – “Man vs. Wild” and the “Hallmark Channel”! Go to any school campus and watch how girls carry their books – like their carrying a baby! A boy just swings them around if he has any at all! Give a girl a few dollars and she’ll buy a Barbie, give a boy a few dollars and he’ll buy a lizard! 4. The Radar And The Computer. Men are the computer and women are the radar! A USA Today article called, “Two Minds” describes the differences between the brains of men and women. Scientifically they are now showing us what we’ve known all along – most men use the left side of their brain and women use both sides of their brain! Men we really do have half a brain! The left side: logical, reasoning The right side: creativity, sympathy and emotions Did you know this fact: a women’s brain is larger on average than a man’s? Autopsies show this! Maybe this explains a woman’s intuition! A Harvard Medical Researcher studied preschoolers playing on the playground. He noticed that girls completed more sentences and communicated more then boys. He noticed that the boys made more sounds… Most women have better sensitivity and communication skills while many men have better reason and analytical skills! That’s why men and women often times struggle to see eye to eye on certain issues! This may be the source of a lot of disagreements in your marriage! Remember, women use in one day about 6000 more words than men. The trouble is, when I get home, Jill is not even winding down her communicating and so I have to be a better listener at that point! I don’t know coined this phrase, “Generally speaking, women are generally speaking!” I wonder if he lived long after saying it the first time! But this is also why men cry less then women – we’ve got a disconnect up here! This is why women are affected greater by an argument and why we men can go right on to the next subject – we’ve got a disconnect up here! God made us differently so we might be one! Celebrate the differences! Ladies – your minds are like radar, sweeping the room taking in everything! Women see and hear things that we men don’t always see and hear! Ever watch women in a room sitting around a table? They can be talking, and know exactly what’s being said over at the other table and say, “No, no, no, that’s not what happened!” And then get right back to her conversation at her table! We men tend to be a little more analytical and logical while women are mixing together emotion and facts together – it’s amazing! Women are more what I call “spider web thinkers”. Prom picture… Jill will ask me how my day went and I’ll have an answer in less than a minute in detail. Then when I ask her about her day and she’ll tell everything, and I mean everything! So many times I’ll talk with my dad and she’ll want every little detail. Careful men, this is a hard area for us because many times our wives can think that we are being evasive, secretive and even shutting her out! I’m amazed how that radar works for women… sweeping across the room and what they can pick up is incredible, hurt feelings, bad moods, etc. That radar blows my mind! Men, I think all we’ve got is a pair of rabbit ears! Ever notice a woman will say at a table, “I’ve got to go to the restroom, who wants to go?” And they all get up! I’ve never hear a man say, “How many want to go with me to the restroom?” I just don’t understand it! But which is better the radar or the computer? Neither - thank God for the difference! 5. The Code Speaker And The Reporter. LifePoint: Women use language to dispense emotion, while men use language to dispense facts. Women share, men report! Billy Graham once said “Don’t listen to what a woman says, listen to what she means.” Guys we can learn a lot from that that! Here’s an example: You come home from work and see your wife is all tense and it shows all over her face and you say to her, “Is something wrong?” and she says, “Nothing.” Her code is: “Everything is wrong!” Example: Your wife says, “Do I look alright in this dress?” How you answer that will determine how long you live! Her code is: “Am I still #1 in your parade?” or “Am I still a 10 in your eyes?” 6. The Lover And The Achiever. Ephesians 5:33 “Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself and let the wife see she respects her husband.” • Men, what is the deepest need of a woman? To be loved. • Women, what is the deepest need of a man? To be respected. So many of our arguments are connected to these 2 facts! Men, when we do not love, it damages the deepest part of a woman. There’s a new movie coming to the big screen on September 26 staring Kirk Cameron called, “Fireproof”. It’s a wonderful story of the heroism of a firefighter and 2 people overcoming a broken marriage. VIDEO From the movie ”Fireproof” Jill gets blessing when I work at being more tender with her! I get a blessing when she really show respect for my achievements! One time I can remember asking her one Sunday, “How many great preachers do you think there are in the world? She said, “One less than your think!” Men and women’s self esteems are connected to this fact also! When the Golden Gate Bridge was built, all of the parts were intertwined. Every part was vital to it all working together. In a one mile span of the bridge, it will sway as much as 20 feet in the center, so that it can be flexible and even more durable. But there are 2 great and massive pillars that make up that bridge that go down to the solid earth below and all those miles of cables connect to those 2 great pillars. Question, what keeps that bridge from collapsing? 2 things: It’s foundation and it’s flexibility! Some of this info in this sermon comes from Dr. Adrian Rodger.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way(내 눈을 돌이켜 허탄한 것을 보지 말게 하시고 주의 길에서 나를 살아나게 하소서)/ Psalm 119:37(시119:37)/ Pastor Charles Spurgeon(찰스 스펄전 목사)/ 새벽기도회설교/ 1850-01-20
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way(내 눈을 돌이켜 허탄한 것을 보지 말게 하시고 주의 길에서 나를 살아나게 하소서) Psalm 119:37(시119:37) DAILY READINGS by Charles Spurgeon sunset Psalm 119:37 EVENING: January 20 There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, and the cup of the dissolute, all these men know to be vanities; they wear upon their forefront their proper name and title. Far more treacherous are those equally vain things, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. A man may follow vanity as truly in the counting-house as in the theatre. If he be spending his life in amassing wealth, he passes his days in a vain show. Unless we follow Christ, and make our God the great object of life, we only differ in appearance from the most frivolous. It is clear that there is much need of the first prayer of our text. “Quicken thou me in thy way.” The Psalmist confesses that he is dull, heavy, lumpy, all but dead. Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same. We are so sluggish that the best motives cannot quicken us, apart from the Lord himself. What! will not hell quicken me? Shall I think of sinners perishing, and yet not be awakened? Will not heaven quicken me? Can I think of the reward that awaiteth the righteous, and yet be cold? Will not death quicken me? Can I think of dying, and standing before my God, and yet be slothful in my Master’s service? Will not Christ’s love constrain me? Can I think of his dear wounds, can I sit at the foot of his cross, and not be stirred with fervency and zeal? It seems so! No mere consideration can quicken us to zeal, but God himself must do it, hence the cry, “Quicken thou me.” The Psalmist breathes out his whole soul in vehement pleadings: his body and his soul unite in prayer. “Turn away mine eyes,” says the body: “Quicken thou me,” cries the soul. This is a fit prayer for every day. O Lord, hear it in my case this night.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way(내 눈을 돌이켜 허탄한 것을 보지 말게 하시고 주의 길에서 나를 살아나게 하소서)/ Psalm 119:37(시119:37)/ Pastor Charles Spurgeon(찰스 스펄전 목사)/ 새벽기도회설교/ 1850-01-20
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way(내 눈을 돌이켜 허탄한 것을 보지 말게 하시고 주의 길에서 나를 살아나게 하소서) Psalm 119:37(시119:37) DAILY READINGS by Charles Spurgeon sunset Psalm 119:37 EVENING: January 20 There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, and the cup of the dissolute, all these men know to be vanities; they wear upon their forefront their proper name and title. Far more treacherous are those equally vain things, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. A man may follow vanity as truly in the counting-house as in the theatre. If he be spending his life in amassing wealth, he passes his days in a vain show. Unless we follow Christ, and make our God the great object of life, we only differ in appearance from the most frivolous. It is clear that there is much need of the first prayer of our text. “Quicken thou me in thy way.” The Psalmist confesses that he is dull, heavy, lumpy, all but dead. Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same. We are so sluggish that the best motives cannot quicken us, apart from the Lord himself. What! will not hell quicken me? Shall I think of sinners perishing, and yet not be awakened? Will not heaven quicken me? Can I think of the reward that awaiteth the righteous, and yet be cold? Will not death quicken me? Can I think of dying, and standing before my God, and yet be slothful in my Master’s service? Will not Christ’s love constrain me? Can I think of his dear wounds, can I sit at the foot of his cross, and not be stirred with fervency and zeal? It seems so! No mere consideration can quicken us to zeal, but God himself must do it, hence the cry, “Quicken thou me.” The Psalmist breathes out his whole soul in vehement pleadings: his body and his soul unite in prayer. “Turn away mine eyes,” says the body: “Quicken thou me,” cries the soul. This is a fit prayer for every day. O Lord, hear it in my case this night.