双语灵修 | 马太福音25:19-23 主的奖赏给我们动力

马太福音25:19-23 主的奖赏给我们动力

19“过了许久,那些仆人的主人来了,和他们算帐。20那领五千银子的又带着那另外的五千来,说:‘主啊,你交给我五千银子,请看,我又赚了五千。’21主人说:‘好,你这又良善又忠心的仆人,你在不多的事上有忠心,我要把许多事派你管理;可以进来享受你主人的快乐。’22那领二千的也来说,‘主啊,你交给我二千银子,请看,我又赚了二千。’23主人说,‘好,你这又良善又忠心的仆人,你在不多的事上有忠心,我要把许多事派你管理;可以进来享受你主人的快乐。’”

菲利普·凯勒写了一本关于诗篇23章的书,他是从牧羊人的角度写的。他又写了一个续篇:“来自牧羊犬的教训。”他描写牧羊人和牧羊犬之间的关系,他们是如何一起工作的。在这本书里他描写牧羊犬的动力完完全全出自于对牧羊人的热爱。牧羊人完全不必用款待的方式来奖赏他的工作。他只需拍拍它的头,说一句“好孩子。”

当你在这个故事里看到耶稣奖赏他的仆人的时候,我们不应该仅仅关注他们得到双倍奖赏这一事实。那其实不是针对他们个人的奖赏,而是主人给了他们双倍的工作,双倍的责任。这有点像你奖励孩子们刷盘子,你说他们做的太棒了,以至于一个星期剩下来的时间接着干吧。好吧,那恐怕有些过多了。

一句“干得好”是我们需要的唯一奖赏。当用死亡来救赎我的那位说“干得好”的时候,这让我心里涌现出强烈的想法——我想做的更多。这种奖赏有时候来自我在医院或养老院探访的病人之口,他们为我的到来表示感谢。有时候来自某位教堂的会众,他告诉我的孩子们,他成为基督徒是因为他们的父亲给他传了福音。也许这句“干得好”来自我在天堂的主人,他称赞的事可能都是我在无意之中做的。就像忠实的牧羊犬,我们的激励完全来自主人对我们的爱。

祷告:主耶稣啊,感谢你藉着你的死亡赐给我永恒的奖赏——我的罪被赦免,我在天上拥有永恒的生命;愿你的爱激励我,使我以忠心的服事来回应和感谢你的爱。奉你的名,阿们。(编辑者加的祷告)

Matthew 25:19-23:  19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’  21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ 23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Phillip Keller wrote a book about the 23rd Psalm from a shepherd’s point of view. He wrote a sequel to the book, “Lessons from a Sheep Dog.” He talks about the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep dog, how they work together. In that book he talks about the motivation that the sheep dog has. It is all about his love for the shepherd. He doesn’t need treats to reward his work. All he needs his a pat on the head and a few words, “Good boy.”

When you look at the reward that Jesus offers his servants in this story, we should not focus on the fact that they were rewarded with a double portion. That wasn’t their PERSONAL reward. Rather, the master was giving them twice as much to do, a double responsibility. It’s kind of like rewarding your children for doing the dishes by telling them they did such a good job that they can have the job the rest of the week!  OK.  Maybe that’s a stretch.

But “Well done” is the only reward that we will ever need.  When the One who died to redeem me says, “Well done,” it makes me want to rush out and do more.  Sometimes that will come from the mouth of the person I’ve been visiting in the hospital or nursing home who thanks me for coming. Or from a member who told my children he was a Christian because their father brought the gospel to him. And perhaps that “well done” by my master will be spoken in heaven about things I am not even aware of.  Like the faithful sheep dog, we are motivated purely by our Master’s love for us.

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