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生命冊
作者:讀經:啟示錄三章1至6節

在基督徒的生活中,最令人振奮的其中一個經驗,就是加入一間生氣蓬勃的教會:信徒深刻體驗到聖靈的能力在教會中運行;失喪的人能藉著教會的見證而得著救恩;而神的兒女亦積極地為主而活,過著榮耀基督的生活;每次聚會都能帶給信徒激勵和振興。

但死氣沉沉的教會卻是相反的光景。這種教會沒有一個固定的形態,所以不容易用三言兩語來勾劃出來。因為他可能看似充滿活力,但一切都不是為主而作。信徒雖然固定參與聚會,但他們的生命沒有改變,也不能對別人有任何正面的影響。撒狄教會正是處於這種光景。

基督對這教會全無稱讚;他已離棄真道,以致信徒既不尊重神的話語,也不再以基督作為生命之主。我們實在要引以為鑑。撒狄教會有一個美好的開始,但後來卻發生了某些事情,使他變成了一間失去生命力的教會,再不能為主做任何工作。

一間有生命力的教會應該有甚麼表現?其中一項特徵,是他會關心失喪的人。從這方面來看,撒狄完全不是一間重視宣教或傳福音的教會。一間有生命力的教會,會讓聖靈在裡面自由運行,聖靈會藉著神的話語來改變人心,進而改變人的生命。

但基督指出,即使在撒狄教會裡面,仍然有一些有生命力的信徒。換言之,即使在一間死氣沉沉的教會,也還有一些忠心的信徒努力挽救教會。基督對這些忠心的信徒說:「我必保守你的名字留在生命冊上。」這是何等寶貴的應許。終有一天,這本生命冊將會被打開,凡在冊上記有名字的人,都會與基督一同進入永恆的福樂。

你的名字記在生命冊上嗎?還未的話,為何你不趕緊祈求主把你的名字記上呢?當你決志相信基督,你就會發現祂是一位奇妙的救主和朋友,祂會滿足你的一切需要,由現在直至永恆。

 

THE BOOK OF LIFE

BIBLE READING: Revelation 3:1-6

One of the most exciting experiences a Christian can have is to belong to a live, active church, where the Spirit of God is moving; where the lost are being sought and saved; where God‵s people are seeking to live daily for Christ and his glory. It is a thrilling adventure every time people get together.

But a dead church is the opposite. It is hard to describe a dead church. Though it may look alive, there is nothing being accomplished for Christ. People are meeting together, but nothing is happening in their lives or in anyone else‵s life. That was what had happened at Sardis.

Christ had no praise for this church. It had drifted down until God‵s Word was not honoured and Christ was not given his rightful place. What a lesson for us. This church had begun well, but something had happened. It was now a dead church, doing nothing for the Lord.

What are the signs of life in a church? A concern for the lost souls of men and women is one sign. Sardis was not a missionary church nor an evangelistic church. A live church is one where the Spirit of God is free to move and to use his Word in the hearts of his people. It is a place where lives are being changed.

Christ said there were a few people even in Sardis that still had life. This is often true even in a dead church-there are a faithful few who are still trying to keep the church in the place where it ought to be. For them Christ said, ‵I will keep your name in my book of life‵. What a wonderful promise. That book will one day be opened and those whose names are written there will enter into the blessing of eternity with Christ.

Is your name written in that, book? If not why not ask Christ to write it there today? You will find him to be a wonderful Saviour and friend and one who can meet all your needs now and for all eternity.


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