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  • 捐得樂意的,是神所喜愛的。(林後 9.7)
    7月4日

          主的僕人除了應該學習接受,也應學習付出。不過常常是不容易做到的!
    記得有一次,我計畫一趟旅行,要搭船前往上游地區參加一些重要的會議,那時我手頭僅有十八元,必須為旅費仰望神。我這僅有的錢只能夠搭船到一個定點,還得再多花三百元,雇另一艘船,才能到達目的地。
          不過,就在我動身出發前,主告訴我,把這筆對我而言十分需要且已經不足的錢,拿出六元給一個朋友。之後我啟程前往,然而在半途中不但發現這趟旅行費用出乎意料的少很多,還享受了這滿受神祝福的一週,並且連回程的旅費也都被充足地供應了。那是多麼的喜樂,當我回來時發現所給出去的六元,對他人是極其需要。
          太多時候,我害怕,我們是拙劣的給予者。對那位差遣我來的主而言,如果我只是一個接受者而非給予者,那麼對神而言,我就毫無價值了。對於神聖的基質而言並非『保存、保守,因此你的財富會增加。』應是『供給、付出,所以你必會有所獲得。』

  • God loveth a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9.7)
    July 4th

          The servant of the Lord should learn to give as well as to receive. Yet how hard it often is to do so!
          I remember once I was setting out on a journey up river to take part in some important meetings. I had to trust the Lord for my fare, and I had only eighteen dollars in hand. The river boat would take me only so far, and I might need anything up to $300 to hire a boat for the rest of the way.
          Yet before I left, God told me to give away to a friend six of my sorely needed dollars. I started off, found quite unforeseen cheap travel provided from half way, enjoyed a most blessed week, and was amply provided for my return journey. What a joy to discover when I got back that my gift of six dollars had been desperately needed!
          All too often, I fear, we are bad givers. If I am only a receiver and not also a giver, I am unworthy of the God who sent me. The divine principle is not “Save and you shall grow rich.” It is “Give and it shall be given unto you.”