至于我和我家, 必定事奉耶和

As for me and my house,

we will serve the LORD.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

配角 A Supporting Role


December 15, 2011 — by David C. McCasland
(From: Our daily Bread, http://odb.org/ and http://chinese-odb.org/)

马书 12章10Romans 12:10

弟兄,要彼此亲热;恭敬人,要彼此推。」 ”Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.”

读经: 马书 12章921Scripture Reading: Romans12921

在2009年,美国电视名人艾德.麦克曼世后,有家报纸写了这样标题:「如果提到一直做老二,艾德.麦克曼是第一名。」三十年来,他担任美国脱口秀泰斗强尼.卡森的得力副手,帮助卡森在光灯下得成功。当人都努力争取排名,麦克曼却甘做配角。
导说,我都是基督的肢体, 应该好好地运用我的恩罗马书12章3-8),在里,他肯定了配角的价。 一开始,他到我们应该实际地衡量自己(3), 最后,他呼吁我要有洁无私的:「弟兄,要彼此亲热;恭敬人,要彼此推」(10)。若按英文腓力斯本, 可翻译为 :「心甘情愿地将功劳归给他人。」
的恩和能力来自上帝的恩典, 所以要按着信心的程度运用我的恩(3、6), 事奉基督,明我们对祂的,而不是以此来得他人的赞赏
愿上帝赐给能力,能忱地做好祂呼召我扮演的配角。我的目了祂的荣耀,而非我的虚荣。 DCM

教会是身体,包含各部位,
有生命展,运作且感人;
当各方委身,遵救主愿,
皆合一,完成祂目。 Fitzhugh 

人人参与不望,教会才能得兴旺。

After the American TV personality Ed McMahon died in 2009, one newspaper headline read, “When it came to being the No. 2 man, he was No. 1.” Best known for his 30-year tenure as Johnny Carson’s late-night sidekick, McMahon excelled at helping Carson succeed in the spotlight. While most entertainers strive for top billing, McMahon was content with a supporting role.

When the apostle Paul gave instructions about how to exercise our gifts as members of the body of Christ (Rom. 12:3-8), he affirmed the value of supporting roles. He began by saying that we should have a realistic opinion of ourselves (v.3), and he concluded with a call to genuine, unselfish love: “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (v.10). Or, as J. B. Phillips translates it, “a willingness to let the other man have the credit.” Our gifts and abilities come to us by God’s grace and are to be used by faith (vv.3,6) in love and service for Christ not for personal recognition.

May God grant us the ability to embrace with enthusiasm the supporting roles to which He calls us. The ultimate goal is His glory and not our own.


The church, a living body, containing all the parts
It lives, it moves, it functions, and touches many hearts;
When each part is committed to do the Savior’s will,
His members are united, His purpose they fulfill. — Fitzhugh

The church works best when we see ourselves
as participants, not as spectators.

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