不再干渴

9 Sept 2015 by Lim Poh Ann –

 

有一种渴是水无法满足的;有一种渴望是世上没有事物能够满足的。要满足这种渴望和饥渴,可能吗?该怎样?

有一天耶稣来到一位正在井边打水的妇人身边,向她要水。就这样,开始了一段对话。过后,祂挑战这妇人向祂支取“活水”。有别于一般普通的水,耶稣告诉妇人说,凡喝过这“活水”的人,必不再干渴。当然,祂这里所指的并不是妇人从井里打上来的水。

 

耶稣回答说,凡喝这水的,还要再渴。人若喝我所赐的水就永远不渴。我所赐的水,要在他里头成为泉源,直涌到永生

(约翰福音 4:13-14

 

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在我们每个人的内心深处都有一个属灵空洞。我们或许拥有财富、荣华富贵、名成利就,就是世人所追求的,但我们永远都不会满足。

为什么?因为这些身外物是无法提供一些极深和困扰的问题:生命有何意义?我是谁?为什么我诞生在这世界上?是谁创造了我?我真的只是动物演变而成的吗?还是我有创造主创造出来的?我的诞生是带着从神而来的伟大命定吗?还是我只是像普通动物一样,活着只是为要满足基本需要和需求?

根据一位物理学家兼哲学家,Blaise Pascal的说法,每个人的心里都存在着一个有着上帝形状的空洞,是除了神以外,就再也没有任何事物能够填满的。

 

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有一种渴是水无法满足的;有一种渴望是世上没有事物能够满足的。这种饥渴的存在并不是属世的事物,而是属灵才能满足的。唯有在神的里面,才能得着的。

耶稣对这妇人说,若她从祂那里喝了“活水”,就会发生两件事情:

  • 第一,她心里的空洞就能被填满,她的饥渴也能得着饱足。
  • 第二,她将能得着永生——就是,当她死去的时候,就能够进入天堂,得享永远的生命。

要喝耶稣所提及的“活水”,就是要接受耶稣,相信并承认祂赐给我们永生的真理。

当我们喝了这“活水”,我们将会得着永生。

再者,当我们喝了这活水,我们就不再渴。

 

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这里有10个为什么我们不再渴的理由:

  1. 死亡的恐惧将会成为过去。信徒将会从对死亡的恐惧中被释放出来,因为我们已经得着了永生。我们能够确知死亡不是结局,乃是我们在永恒里与神相聚的开始(哥林多前书 15:55)。
  2. 生命不再毫无意义、追风捕影的循环。我们不再被沮丧和绝望充满。我们不再对生命感到迷失方向和迷惑。我们不再视自己为意外所得的。我们是上帝所创造的,是带着爱和命定而活的。
  3. 我们成为上帝的孩子。我们感恩因为有一位爱我们的天父上帝,看顾我们,为我们预备最好的一切,尽管有时候与我们想象不太一样(耶利米书 29:11)。
  4. 上帝是我们的朋友,也是我们的引导。祂愿意在我们生活、事业、人生伴侣等事上给予我们引导(约翰福音 15:15;约翰福音 16:13)。
  5. 祂以圣灵来浇灌我们,赐给我们智慧和方向,赐我们能力来顺服祂(约翰福音 7:37-39)。

 

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  1. 上帝应许当我们顺服并信靠祂时,祂必会供应我们一切所需(约翰福音 15:7;腓立比书 4:19)。
  2. 祂的应许就是,祂永远都不会撇弃我们,尤其是在患难时刻(希伯来书 13:5;马太福音28:20)。虽然祂没有不让我们遇见考验,但祂却永远不会离弃我们,而且会赐给我们能力和智慧来胜过生命中的风浪。当我们忧虑时,上帝赐给我们平安、安慰和力量(约翰福音 14:27;马太福音 11:28;约翰福音 16:33;以赛亚书 40:31)。
  3. 祂借着圣灵赐给我们胜过试探的能力(哥林多前书 10:13)。
  4. 祂向我们显明我们的身份和呼召。因此,我们知道自己活着的目的和命定。每一天都是刺激的旅程,因为我们的上帝与我们同工,教导我们如何运用我们的时间、才能和资源来满足祂。还有成为别人的祝福(约翰福音 15:16;耶利米书1:5)。生命是具意义且充实的;不再是“意外”了(约翰福音 10:10)。
  5. 我们能够面对充满未知数的明天是因为我们知道神与我们同在。祂是阿拉法、俄梅戛,是创始成终的。当我们知道祂掌完权的时候,我们就能够安然(诗篇 46:1-3,10)。

 

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即使到今天,耶稣对那些饥渴的人依然发出相同的挑战:“人若渴了,可以到我这里来喝。信我的人,就如经上所说,从他腹中要流出活水的江河来。”(约翰福音 7:37-38)

你是否愿意接受这挑战,有活水从我们的腹中流出?

正如那井边的妇人一样,我们也能够喝那活水。得着饱足好使我们不再干渴。

 

 

APPENDIX 

HOW CAN WE OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE?

If we acknowledge we have sinned and believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, God will forgive us and we will go to heaven when we pass away. But we must not only trust Jesus as our Saviour but make Him the Lord of our lives. We must turn away from our sinful ways and seek to please and obey Him (John 1:12, John 3:16).

WHY ‘WATER’ USED AS A METAPHOR

Why did Jesus use the metaphor of ‘water’ to reach out to this woman? Water is essential for physical life. Also, water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The imagery of a spring bubbling forth speaks of the spontaneous outflow and working of the Spirit within a person (John 7: 37-38, 2 Corinthians 3:18). Once the Spirit starts a work of grace within a believer, He brings it to completion (Philippians 1:6). http://bit.ly/1aGn7T6

Why did Jesus use the act of drinking in relation to spiritual fulfillment? In Revelation 3:20, Christ invites those who want to know God to open their heart’s door and share a meal with Him. Dining is often a wonderful way to get to know a person better.

NO FEAR OF DEATH

Everyone who believes in Jesus need not fear death for He promises a place in heaven for all who believe in Him (John 11:25, John 14:1-3).

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.

(John 11:25)

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

(John 14:1-3)

ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH FAITH

To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

(John 1:12)

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

(John 3:16)

 

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ABOUT Author: Dr Lim Poh Ann is a medical practitioner. He was the former editor of Asian Beacon magazine (December 2008 – October 2011). He can be reached at his blog, Porridge for the Soul

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注脚: 此文章是由Christianity Malaysia (CM) Joycelyn Loh 翻译。阿们。

 

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