荒漠甘泉12/12

荒漠甘泉∕12 月 12日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「我離世的時候到了。那美好的仗我已經打過了;當跑的路我已經跑盡了;所信的道我已經守住了。」(提摩太後書四章6/7節)

 

  軍人到了年老在家退休的時候,最喜歡談戰場上的經歷,也最喜歡把他們的傷痕指給人看;我們也是這樣,當我們到了天家的時候,一定也最喜歡述說神的良善、神的信實,神怎樣帶領我們經過路上一切的試煉。我們喜不喜歡站在穿白衣的中間, 聽見說,「這些人 ── 除了一個 ── 都是從大患難中出來的」呢?

 

  你喜不喜歡在那裡有人這樣指著你說呢?一定不吧!今天我們能有分與患難已經可以叫我們知足了;因為不久我們就要頭戴冠冕,手拿棕樹枝了。 ── 司布真(C. H. Spurgeon

 

  神不會到你身上去找獎章、學位、文憑;祂卻會去找傷痕

 

  一個屬神的人所能尋求的最光榮的勳章,乃是因事奉而受到的傷痕,因冠冕而受到的損失,因基督而受到的恥辱,因工作而受到的耗損──

 
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“The last drops of my sacrifice are falling; my time to go has come. I have fought in the good fight; I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:6-7).

 

As soldiers show their scars and talk of battles when they come at last to spend their old age in the country at home, so shall we in the dear land to which we are hastening, speak of the goodness and faithfulness of God who brought us through all the trials of the way. I would not like to stand in the white-robed host and hear it said, "These are they that came out of great tribulation, all except one."

 

Would you like to be there and see yourself pointed at as the one saint who never knew sorrow? Oh, no! for you would be an alien in the midst of the sacred brotherhood. We will be content to share the battle, for we shall soon wear the crown and wave the palm. --- C. H. Spurgeon

 

"Where were you wounded?" asked the surgeon of a soldier on Lookout Mountain. "Almost at the top," he answered. He forgot even his gaping wound -- he only remembered that he had won the heights. So let us go forth to higher endeavors for Christ and never rest till we can shout from the very top, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

 

Finish thy work, then rest, Till then rest never; The rest for thee by God Is rest forever.

 

"God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars."

 

Of an old hero the minstrel sang --

 

With his Yemen sword for aid; Ornament it carried none, But the notches on the blade.

 

What nobler decoration of honor can any godly man seek after than his scars of service, his losses for the crown, his reproaches for Christ's sake, his being worn out in his Master's service!

 

 

 

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