一起读经 | 马太福音 10:1-8

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马太福音10章1-4

马太福音10:1.耶稣叫了十二个门徒来,给他们权柄,能赶逐污鬼,并医治各样的病症。2.这十二使徒的名字,头一个叫西门,又称彼得,还有他兄弟安得烈。西庇太的儿子雅各,和雅各的兄弟约翰。3.腓利和巴多罗买。多马和税吏马太;亚勒腓的儿子雅各,和达太。4.奋锐党的西门,还有卖耶稣的加略人犹大。

耶稣在他三年的传道生涯中,花了惊人的时间与十二个人在一起。他训练他们,然后派遣他们。(“使徒”一词的意思是“奉差遣的”)他与十二使徒在一起的时间比与众人在一起的时间还多。在他升天之前,他差遣他的使徒来到世上建造他的教会。反过来,他们会训练其他人也这样做。


回顾我的事工,我想我可能花了太多的时间在事工上,而不是预备别人去做。如果你有50个不活跃的成员,失丧的羊,牧师拜访每一个人是不是更好?或者,训练十个人更经常地去拜访每一个人会更好吗?培训十个人需要时间,但当工作完成时,培训时间乘以十。同样,培训成员拜访访客,培训迎宾员和引座员欢迎访客并寻找失丧的人也很重要。保罗在以弗所书4章11-12节写道,耶稣派人作使徒、先知、传福音的、牧师、教师,训练神的百姓作事工,叫基督的身体得以建立。如果我能重新开始我的事工,我会训练更多的人。


你注意到他选谁了吗?渔民、税务员等普通的百姓。他没有挑选文士和律法师。他选择了那些本就处在急难和挣扎中的人来传播福音,反过来又激励其他人去传播。所以问问你自己这个问题,“耶稣怎么能使用我来传播福音?”“不要害怕让你的牧师来训练你!”

祷告:
亲爱的耶稣,愿你的国降临,愿你的旨意行在地上。今天,你仍然为你的教会提供我们向世人传扬福音所需要的恩赐。主啊,求你教导我们,使这事成为我们生命中的头等大事。我们祷告你能为你的教会提供工人,带领你的子民奉你的名事奉。阿们。

马太福音10章5-8

10:5.耶稣差遣这十二个人出去,吩咐他们说:“外邦人的路,你们不要走;撒玛利亚人的城,你们不要进;6.宁可往以色列家迷失的羊那里去。7.要边走边传,说‘天国近了’。8.要医治病人,使死人复活,使麻风病人洁净,把鬼赶出去。你们白白地得来,也要白白地给人。

(马太福音 10:5-8 和合本2010)

如果神我们的救主想要所有的人都得救(提摩太前书2:4),为什么耶稣只派他的门徒到以色列家迷失的羊那里去呢?这个问题的答案很简单,就是时间问题。耶稣后来告诉他们带着福音到全世界去。但在这一刻,耶稣希望以色列人有机会知道弥赛亚已经来了。神拣选以色列民,使救主降生在他们中间,他们应该首先听到好消息。


“天国近了!这些话里有一种紧迫感。我们心中应该有一种紧迫感,去传扬福音。世界不会永远持续下去。有迹象表明,耶稣就要来了。如果你知道有人不相信,不要等到明天再告诉他们耶稣!可能太晚了!


我们还应该以一种紧迫感来宣告这一信息。神现在给你一个机会去认识他,相信他。不要等到明天!你可能再也没有机会了!悔改你的罪,相信耶稣!耶稣选择了他的门徒把这个信息传达给以色列人。耶稣选择我们向世界传递这个信息。

祷告:
亲爱的耶稣,在向我的朋友、邻居、社区和世界宣告你的救恩信息时,让我的心感受到那种紧迫感。太多的人不知道没有你他们会怎么样!太多人需要迫切的知道你是生命的粮,世界的光。让这种紧迫感命令我的心向任何愿意聆听的人宣告福音。奉你的名祷告。阿们。

Matthew 10

Matthew 10: 1-4:   Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

         Jesus spent a surprising amount of time with just twelve men during the three years of his ministry.  He trained them and then sent them.  (The word “apostle” means “sent.”)  He spent more time with the twelve than he did with the crowds. Before he ascended into heaven, he sent his apostles into the world to build his church. They in turn, would train others to do the same.

         Looking back in my ministry, I think that I probably spent too much time DOING the ministry instead of preparing others to do it. If you have 50 inactive members, wandering sheep, is it better for the pastor to visit every one?  Or would it be better to train ten people to visit each one more regularly? It takes time to train ten people, but that time is multiplied by ten when the work is done.  In the same way, training members to make calls on visitors, training greeters and ushers to welcome visitors and look for those who are lost are important. Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:11-12 that Jesus gave some to be apostles and prophets and evangelists and pastors and teachers to train God’s people for works of ministry so that the body of Christ may be built up. If I could start my ministry all over again, I would train more people.

         And did you notice whom he choose?  Fisherman and tax collectors and other ordinary people. He didn’t pick the scribes and teachers of the law.  He chose people on fire for the gospel to in turn inspire others to proclaim is as well.  So ask yourself the question, “How can Jesus use me to spread the gospel?”  And don’t be afraid to ask your pastor to train you!

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth! You still provide your church today with the gifts we need to proclaim the gospel to the world. Teach us, Lord, to make this a priority in our lives. And we pray that you could provide your church with workers who can lead your people to do the works of ministry in your name.  Amen.

Matthew 10

Matthew 10: 5-8:   These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

         If God our Savior wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), then why is Jesus sending his disciples only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel? The answer to that question is simple a matter of timing. Jesus would later tell them to go into all the world with the gospel. But for this moment Jesus wanted the people of Israel to have the chance to know that the Messiah had come.  God chose the children of Israel to be the people through whom the Savior would come, and it was right that they should hear the good news first.

         “The kingdom of heaven is near!”  There is an urgency in those words.  There should be a sense of urgency in our hearts to proclaim the gospel. The world will not last forever. There are signs fulfilled that remind us that Jesus is coming soon. If you know of someone who does not believe, don’t wait until tomorrow to tell them about Jesus!  It might be too late!

         We should also proclaim the message with a sense of urgency. “God is giving you an opportunity to know him and believe in him right now. Don’t wait for tomorrow! You may never get another chance! Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus!” Jesus chose his disciples to deliver that message to the people of Israel. Jesus as chosen us to deliver that message to the world.

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, let my heart feel that sense of urgency in proclaiming your message of salvation to my friends, my neighbors, my community and the world. Too many people are clueless as to what will happen when they die without you!  Too many are starving to know that you are the bread of life, the light of the world. Let this sense of urgency command my heart to proclaim the gospel now to whomever would listen.  I ask this in your name.  Amen.

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