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一场信心的竞赛

By L.M., Shanghai

For English Click The Race of Faith

   

希伯来书12:1-3
   

1我们既有这许多的见证人,如同云彩围着我们,就当放下各样的重担,脱去容易缠累我们的罪,存心忍耐,奔那摆在我们前头的路程,2仰望为我们信心创始成终的耶稣。他因那摆在前面的喜乐,就轻看羞辱,忍受了十字架的苦楚,便坐在神宝座的右边。 3那忍受罪人这样顶撞的,你们要思想,免得疲倦灰心。

    
当我们回首看向那些跑在我们前面并面临比我们更大的挑战的人时,我们被提醒赢得这场比赛是可能的:我们不是一个人奔跑,而且上帝与我们同在。为了赢得这场比赛,《希伯来书》的作者给我们下了三个命令:

   

1.弃绝
2.忍耐
3.定睛仰望

   

1.弃绝

 
1我们既有这许多的见证人,如同云彩围着我们,就当放下各样的重担,脱去容易缠累我们的罪,存心忍耐,奔那摆在我们前头的路程。”

    
在我们与上帝的关系中,有很多会阻碍我们,分散我们的注意力并使我们与主分开的东西。它可能是一段友谊,一种习惯,一种享受,一种娱乐。妨碍你与上帝的关系的东西是什么?有什么东西给你的属灵生活带来重压?如果你想在赛场上跑得更高效,就需要彻底扫除你生命中的这些障碍。

    
我们在赛场中需要摆脱的另一个障碍就是罪。罪可以轻易地缠住我们,困住我们,使我们无法动弹。最容易缠裹你是罪是什么?无论它是什么,它都必须被弃绝。

       
箴言28:13

 
13掩饰自己罪过的,必不亨通,承认离弃罪过的,必蒙怜恤。

   
约翰一书1:9

 
9我们若认自己的罪,神是信实的,是公义的,必要赦免我们的罪,洗净我们一切的不义。

  
Eliud Kipchoge是一位跑13场马拉松赢了12场的肯尼亚人,也是一位世界纪录保持者。2019年10月12日,他在维也纳挑战自己在2小时内跑完一场马拉松;最后,他以1小时 59分钟 40秒的成绩完成了比赛!他怎么做到的? Eliud Kipchoge在几个月前就开始为比赛做准备,他离开家住到了高海拔地区,并且与一群跑步者住在一起,日复一日地训练。为了完成这个不可能的挑战,纪律,牺牲,减去每一克不必要的重量和撇弃干扰都是必要的。如果我们也要跑好这场信心之赛,我们必须要扫清一切的绊脚石。

    

第二个命令是...

 

“存心忍耐,奔那摆在我们前头的路程,”

   
“竞赛”一词在希腊语中是agon,英文中的“agony”一词就来源于此。正如我们在前面提到的,在这场信心之赛中有许多阻碍我们的事物。并且,它还是一场持续一生之久的马拉松障碍赛,也是对耐力的真正考验。

   
“忍耐”所指的是不管遇到什么艰难,仍要坚持到底,一次一步,永不言弃的决心。面对新型冠状病毒的疫情,特别是对于武汉人民来说,是一场非常艰巨的试炼。上帝的话语鼓励我们要忍耐,去坚持,绝不放弃!

   

第三个命令是……

 

2“仰望为我们信心创始成终的耶稣。他因那摆在前面的喜乐,就轻看羞辱,忍受了十字架的苦楚,便坐在神宝座的右边。 3那忍受罪人这样顶撞的,你们要思想,免得疲倦灰心。”

     
“定睛仰望”意味着转眼看向并全心倚靠耶稣。

  
请思想主耶稣是如何忍受敌对和十字架的耻辱。他之所以这样做,是因为摆在他前面的喜乐,他的死和复活赋予了我们新的生命,完成这项使命为他带来了喜乐。何等欢喜,何等荣耀的得胜!定睛耶稣就是安息在那些蒙福的确据中:相信我们住在他里面,我们为他所爱,被他接纳并已蒙拯救。

 
这场比赛也是一场为着喜乐而较力的比赛。这是我们不单单靠着自己而跑,但是在耶稣中去跑,并在关系中与耶稣一起去跑的比赛。

  
当我们又要面对“新冠未知”的一天时,“让我们弃绝各样重担,脱去容易缠裹我们的罪。存心忍耐,奔那摆在我们前头的路程,定睛仰望耶稣!

      

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赞美诗:《转眼向耶稣》Lauren Daigle

Song: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, by Lauren Daigle

    

The Race of Faith   

By L.M., Shanghai

 

        

Hebrews 12:1-3

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

   

As we look back to those who have gone before us and faced harder challenges than we have, we are reminded that this race is possible, that we are not running alone, and that God is with us. The author of Hebrew gives us three commands for a successful race:

 

1. Throw-off

2. Persevere

3. Fix

   

1.Throw off
 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.”

    
In our relationship with God there are many things that hinder us, distract us, and separate us from the Lord. It could be a friendship, a habit, a pleasure, an entertainment. Is there something that hinders your relationship with God? Something that is a weight in your spiritual life? If you want to run the race effectively you need to get rid of all hindrances in your life.

    
The other obstacle in the race that we need to get rid of is sin. Sin easily entangles us, ensnares us, immobilizes us. What sin is it that so easily entangles you? Whatever it is, it must be thrown away.

    
Proverbs 28:13  Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

    
1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan who won 12 of 13 marathons that he ran. He is the world record holder. On Oct 12th, 2019, in Vienna, he challenged himself to run the marathon in less than 2 hours. He finished the race in 1h 59m 40s! How was it possible? Eliud Kipchoge starts to prepare for a race many months before. He leaves his home and goes to a high-altitude area, lives with a group of runners, training day after day. It requires discipline, sacrifice and throwing away of every unnecessary weight and distractions. If we want to run the race of faith we need to throw of all hindrance.

    

The second command is to…

    

2. Persevere

    
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” The word race in Greek is agon, from which we have the word agony. As we saw above, the race of faith has many things trying to hinder us. It is a whole life marathon with obstacles all the way, a real test of endurance.

    
The word perseverance implies the idea of pressing on to the end in spite of the difficulties, one step at a time, never giving up. Facing the new corona virus epidemic, especially for those in Wuhan, has been a very hard trial. The word of God encourages us to persevere, to persist, never give up!

 

The third command is to…

    

3. Fix

    
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

 

Fixing our eyes on means to look to, and to rely upon Jesus. Consider how Jesus endured opposition and the shame of the cross. He did all this because of the joy set before Him, the joy of accomplishing his mission, of giving us a new life through his death and resurrection. What a joy, what glorious victory! Fixing our eyes on Jesus is resting assured that we are in Him, that we are loved, accepted and saved in Him.

 

This race is a race of joy. A race that we are not running on our own, but running in Christ, in a relationship with Christ. As we face yet another day of the corona-unknown, “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus”!

 

 

 

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