每日365

六月一日

上主想让你成为一个完全长大了的、成熟的基督徒!

在我们得救和重生以后,我们在灵性上就如小孩子一样;而每一天,一个小孩子必须多吃、多运动、以便更快地成长!但有许多基督徒仅仅长到几岁时就停止生长了,他们从未长大、从未变得成熟起来!他们以为自己已经学到了许多东西,因此不必再学习了;所以,他们便从未长成上主期望我们每个人所成为的那种成熟的基督徒!也就是那种能够承担很多职责和勇于牺牲的真正士兵!

上帝的圣言说,就连耶稣“还是因所受的苦难学了顺从”!“他的智慧和身量,并上帝和人喜爱他的心,都一齐增长。”(来5:8;路2:52)每一天,我们都会学到一些有关服从的新事。虽然有些事变得更艰难,但有些事则变得更容易,就如同长大一样!生命的成长就是如此!

灵性上的成熟与岁月无关,它在于你与上主和他的圣言之间的联系如何,以及你的服从和谦卑的程度怎样。当一个小孩子学到为他人牺牲、去分享、以及去帮助别人的时候,他就长成一个大人了!在上主的眼中,这就是成熟!

 

 

DAILY 365

June 1

Jesus wants us to grow into the stature of full-grown mature Christians.

When we are saved or “Born Again” (John 3:3–8), at first we’re like babies, spiritually speaking. Like babies need nourishment and exercise every day to be healthy and grow, we need spiritual nourishment and exercise every day. But a lot of Christians stop growing when they are only a few months or years old. They never grow up; they never mature. They think they’ve learned all they need to and so never grow into the kind of Christians that Jesus wants them to be—mature Christians who are able to carry a lot of responsibility and make sacrifices when necessary.

God’s Word says that even Jesus “learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8), and “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men” (Luke 2:52 NIV). Every day we learn some new obedience, and although some things get harder, others get easier—like growing up. That’s what it’s all about!

Spiritual maturity is not entirely a matter of time; it’s mostly a matter of your connection with Jesus and His Word and your obedience and humility. A child becomes a true adult when he learns to act responsibly and think of others, and it’s the same with Christians. That’s spiritual maturity.