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作者:讀經:馬可福音十章17至31節

這是一個意味深長的故事,可惜結果令人遺憾。我們不知道那位少年官後來有沒有改變初衷,我們只希望他能夠明白耶穌的意思,立志跟從耶穌。

我們看見這個少年官,是滿腔熱誠和滿心謙卑地來到耶穌的面前求問。他一見到耶穌就向祂跪下,向祂求問一個人生的重要問題:「我當作甚麼,才可以承受永生呢?」他為甚麼要問這個問題?是否他雖然富有,可是卻感到心靈空虛?富有並不是問題;唯有當錢財妨礙了我們與基督之間的關係,又或我們因追求財富而不願意聽從基督的話,這才構成問題。

我們的主怎樣回答他呢?主說:「你已經曉得當作甚麼,問題是你有沒有去做呢?」

少年官回答說:「嗯,要守的誡命我都守了;可是,不知怎的,我還是覺得忐忑不安,好像還欠缺了甚麼。」

經文記載說,耶穌愛這位少年官。耶穌不是愛他的良善和熱誠,而是愛他這個人。耶穌怎樣幫助他明白自己的需要呢?祂直截了當地告訴他:「問題是在於,你一直把錢財放在人生的首位。你要捨棄錢財,然後你便可以一心一意地跟隨我了。」

少年官立即臉色一沉。就我們所知,他是唯一一個來到基督面前求助,最終憂愁地離去的人。許多人來找耶穌的時候,都是憂心忡忡的來,卻滿心歡喜和雀躍地離去。可是,這位少年官卻因為不肯放下自己執著的東西,最終要憂憂愁愁地離去。他留給我們的影像,是一個憂愁離去的背影。

反思:這件事對我們有甚麼啟發呢?在我們的心中,是否重視某些東西的價值,更甚於基督呢?我們是否願意將一切奉獻給基督?只有完全的順服,我們才能獲得主的完全賜福。

 

IS IT WRONG TO BE RICH?

BIBLE READING:Mark 10:17-31

There is a wonderful story but it has a sad ending. We are not told if this young man came back to Christ. We can only hope that he did.

He came eagerly, earnestly and humbly. He knelt down before Jesus and asked this tremendous question, ‵What shall I do to inherit internal life?‵ Why did he ask that? Was it because he had an empty heart even though he was very rich? It is not wrong to be rich. It is only wrong when money or other possessions come between us and Christ. Or when they prevent us from doing what Christ asks us to do.

What did our Lord say to him?‵ You know what you ought do. Are you doing it?‵

The young man replied ‵Yes, I‵ve done all that. But somehow I still don‵t feel right.‵

The story says that Jesus loves him. It wasn‵t his goodness or his eagerness that Jesus loved but it was the young man himself. How could Jesus help him to see his need? He spoke very plainly to him. ‵You have let your money and your possessions come first in your life. Get rid of them and then you will be free to follow me.‵

The young man‵s face fell. As far as we know he was the only one who ever went away sad from the presence of Christ. Many were sad when they came, but went away blessed and happy. This man went away sad because there was something he wouldn‵t give up. We could call him the ‵man with the sad back‵ as that is the last picture we have of him.

A QUESTION:What does all this say to us? Is there anything that means more to us than Christ? Are we ready to give Christ the total commitment he is asking for? If we want the fullness of blessing there must be the fullness of surrender.


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