“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (Jn 14:2)
The purpose of Jesus’ departure is to prepare a place for us in heaven where we will dwell with God in close communion with Him. In our journey of life, while we walk the pilgrim pathway, we definitely want to think of returning our heavenly home.
Our life is like a marathon to the heavenly kingdom. Just as the end of a matter is better than the beginning, we likewise have to persist to our final destination, where our heavenly Father awaits to take us home. What can we do to ensure that we continue forward in this heavenly journey?
“LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the LORD
From this time forth and forever.”
While many of us are blessed with ample opportunities to pursue higher education and explore our interests in academia, the mentalities, philosophies, and presuppositions that academia holds are often completely different from the Bible. When our increased knowledge carries us to the leading edge of research and education, it is easy to forget our place and elevate ourselves beyond our proper position. We may use our logic, which God created, to challenge or question our heavenly Father, causing us to fall into a downward spiral of unbelief. New, profound ideas may grab ahold of us and eat at the core of our beliefs. At these times, what can we do?
Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus! There is room in my heart for Thee.
Oh, come to my heart, Lord Jesus, come! There is room in my heart for Thee.
(Hymn 238, chorus)
As great crowds gathered around Lord Jesus, He spoke to them in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed…” (Lk 8:5). The point of Jesus’ parable was to remind His followers to examine their own hearts first. With what type of heart did they come to hear God’s words?
保羅特別為以弗所教會的信徒祈禱，因為他知道活出心意更新的生活不是憑個人的意志力來維繫的。參加靈修活動所能達到的 “屬靈的熱心”， 必然會隨著時間的流逝而消退的。但是心中的熱心仍然須要繼續興旺。要如何做到呢？