世語超言

活著的使命 The Mission of Being Alive

親愛的匯點人,你們當中可能有人知道我星期日晚上在家中暈倒送院的消息。我倒下時不曉得撞到甚麼弄傷了下巴和胸膛,下巴縫了四針,應無大礙。醫生查不出是甚麼原因導致暈倒,吩咐我不可開車幾天,星期二出院回家。

我再一次經歷到人生無常,幸好我們認識上帝,知道一切盡在祂安排之中。Pastor Matt 感冒咳嗽已一個月,還未完全康復,我的兩個孫子交替感染,輪流生病,師母因幫忙帶他們也病倒了,讓我的媳婦更加辛苦。這讓我想起幾年前,我們全家(包括還未過門的媳婦)在同一年都遇上交通意外,有弟兄姊妹說這是魔鬼攻擊,因我們正努力為主作工。

我跟師母都沒有想這到底是不是魔鬼攻擊,因為是也好、非也好,我們知道上帝都在看顧著我們。就好像約伯,上帝容許魔鬼盡情待他,只要不傷害他的生命。我要感謝讚美上帝,因我還活著,還可以在這裡和大家分享,彼此激勵。

我相信上帝仍讓我們活著,是因為我們還沒有完成祂交給我們在世上的任務。我們有人掌握得好一點,有人仍只想著為自己而活,有人卻仍在追尋之中。無論如何,「我們是他所造之物,在基督耶穌裏創造的,為要使我們行善,就是上帝早已預備好要我們做的。」(以弗所書 2:10 )和修本

招世超牧師

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Dear Crosspointers, some of you may know that I passed out Sunday night and was admitted to Kaiser Hospital. I didn’t know what I hit when I fell down. I got a bruise on my chest and 4 stitches on my chin. I had to stay at the hospital under 24 hour observation. The doctor couldn’t find out what was wrong and sent me home Tuesday afternoon. I should be alright but I was advised not to drive and to rest for a few days.

I experienced once again the unpredictability of life. Thanks to the Lord that we know Him well and understand that everything falls into His plan for us. Pastor Matt got the flu and has been coughing for about a month. He is still recovering while my two grandchildren are taking turns getting sick. My wife, while help taking care of them, got sick as well. Our situation adds burden on Sarah, my daughter in law. All these happenings made me remember a few years back when all my family members including my daughter in law got into car accidents in the same year. Some brothers and sisters in Christ said that it was an attack from the Devil because we were working really hard for the Lord.

My wife and I did not think about whether it was an attack from the Devil or not. No matter if it was or it was not, we know that God has been watching over us. It is like the story of Job. God allowed the Devil to cause whatever suffering he wanted to inflict on Job, except take his life. I praise and thank God that I am still alive and able to share my experience with you to encourage you.

I believe God allows us to live because we have not finished His task on earth that he has assigned to each of us. Some of us are able to follow, some of us may still be thinking of our own desires, and some of us may still be searching. No matter what, “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” (Ephesians 2:10) NCV

Pastor Chiu