August 20, 2010

Ministry in Word

Seek Him – Part 3
寻求他 – 第三篇

Jeremiah 29:13
耶利米书29:13

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
你们寻求我,若专心寻求我,就必寻见。

Continued from Part 2
上接第二篇

True faith is trusting God on His promises. The magi went to King Herod to inquire of the where about of the new born king. In turn Herod inquired of the religious leaders, the chief priests and scribes of the people, who quoted the Biblical prophecy of His birthplace (Mt 2:4-5). The magi had faith in the Biblical prophecies as the utterance of God, which led them to Jesus. When they searched for God with all their heart, their true
faith, they found Jesus.
真信心是相信神的应许。博士去问希律王新生王的所在,希律王转问宗教领袖就是大祭司和文士,他们引述圣经中关于他出生地的预言〔太2:4-5〕。博士相信圣经预言是神说的话,这就带他们到耶稣那里。当他们专心,就是以真信心寻求神,他们就寻见耶稣。
We must put our faith in God’s Word in our search for Him. Jesus told the Jews, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” (Jn 5:39-40) When we search for the Word with true faith, we will come to Jesus for He is the Word (Jn 1:1).

我们寻求神的时候一定要对神的话〔道〕有信心。耶稣告诉犹太人说:「你们查考圣经,因你们以为内中有永生;给我作见证的就是这经。然而,你们不肯到我这里来得生命。」〔约5:39-40〕当我们以真信心寻求道,我们就会到耶稣那里因为他就是道〔约1:1〕。

3. Search with passion
三、 以热忱寻求

In our search for Jesus we must be active to pursue Him at where He is, not passive to wait for Him to come to where we are. Matthew 2:1 says that the magi traveled to Jerusalem from the east. Judging from their expensive gifts to Jesus these magi must be royalties in their own countries. They traded their comfort and dignity at home for long distance travel hardship and risk to search for Jesus. In ancient time travel involved many difficulties and dangers, without the modern accommodations and hospitality we have taken for ranted. The magi did not just put up with minor inconvenience to search for Jesus, they sacrificed greatly for it.
我们寻求耶稣必须主动地在他所在处去追求他,而非被动地等候他到我们所在处。马太2:1说博士从东方到耶路撒冷。从他们送耶稣的贵重礼物可看到这些博士在他们的本国一定是贵族。他们以在家的舒适和尊贵来换取长途跋涉的艰辛和危险去寻求耶稣。古时候远行有许多困难和危险,没有我们认为当然的现代化住宿及招待。博士并非只是忍耐些微的不便去寻求耶稣,而是为此作了重大牺牲。

This shows how passionate they were with their search for the new born king. They were willing to adjust themselves from where they were to where Jesus was. When they searched for God with such passion, they found Jesus.
这表现他们寻求新生王是多热切。他们愿意从他们的所在处调整到耶稣的所在处。当他们以如此热忱来寻求神,他们就寻见耶稣。

When we are ready to adjust ourselves from where we are to where God is, we are ready to find Jesus.
当我们可以从我们所在处调整到神所在处,我们就可以寻见耶稣。

Conclusion
结语

God told the Israelites and us through the prophet Jeremiah, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

神通过先知耶利米告诉以色列人及我们:「你们寻求我,若专心寻求我,就必寻见。」

Search for God with all our heart means we search with the right reason, the true faith, and great passion. When we do, God promises us that we will find Him. Let us love our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength (Dt 6:5).
专心寻求神的意思是我们以正确理由、真正信心和认真热忱来寻求。若我们如此行,神应许我们要寻见他。让我们尽心、尽性、尽力爱我们的神。〔申6:5〕

Tom and Tehwan Tso
仲谋与德菀



“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效, 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1:9