Two Generations Walk Together // 兩代同行

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是時候讓我們起來回應神的呼召,回到神的誡命裡,正如我們的上一代一樣。 It is time we rise to God’s calling, to live in His commandment, just as our previous generations did.

在過去的日子,

每當我們講到兩代(甚至多代)同行,
都會提及聖經中一個有關末世的先知預言:

「他必使父親的的心轉向兒女,兒女的心轉向父親,免得我來咒詛遍地。」
(瑪拉基書 4:6)

在過去的日子,

每當我們嘗試去理解這個聖經裡的概念時,
因著神在我們牧者身上的工作和感動,
常常會從父親的角色(fatherhood)出發,
也就是側重前半部份。

在過去的日子,我們看到,
我們的上一代,
我們的牧者,
甚至是我們牧者的牧者,
生命和事奉都在經歷不同程度的轉變,
就是因著他們的心「轉向」我們。

他們願意選擇把我們放在事工之先,
他們願意從單向的命令和教導轉變為守望、同行,
他們願意看見我們比他們走得更前、走得更快、走得更遠,
全因他們願意神國的榮耀更大地彰顯,
全因他們愛我們。

這些年間,
我們看見因著他們的「轉向」、他們的委身、他們的同行,
我們這一代有很多破碎的心被醫治,
很多屬靈的孤兒重新感到父母的擁抱的溫暖。

因著他們願意以自己的天花板來成為我們的地板,
我們這一代擁有更多的資源、更大的自由度、更闊的安全網,
讓我們能用每一天的生命去活出從神而來的呼召和夢想。

這些年間,
我們實實在在的看見當「父親的心轉向兒女」所釋放的祝福是何等的大。
這樣的「轉向」仍然每天在持續發生,
這樣的「祝福」仍然每天在繼續蔓延。
當然,這是神所吩咐的,也是神所應許的。

然而,在這裡我想大膽的說這是未夠的。

我們常常以為「兒女的心轉向父親」是「父親的心轉向兒女」的副產品、是必然後果,
但容許我在這裡大膽的說這並非事實。

正如「父親的心轉向兒女」是要由我們的上一代主動地去作出一個合神心意的選擇和改變,我相信我們的一代也同樣要主動去作一個選擇,來成就「兒女的心轉向父親」。

當我們的上一代的心轉向我們時,
他們不只是感動時多給我們來一個擁抱,
不只是閒時多給我們撥一通電話,
不只是有餘時多請我們吃一餐飯,
他們付出了有血有肉的代價。
他們要主動去突破他們的安舒區,
他們要為我們去冒額外的風險,
他們為我們所付出的甚至是他們也未曾從他們的上一代那裡所得到的。

在舊約和新約中我們皆看到,
神分別的命令父母去愛護他們的兒女和兒女去孝敬他們的父母,
當「父親的心轉向兒女」,是上一代回應了神給他們的呼召和命令,
而「兒女的心轉向父親」,則是神給我們這一代獨特的呼召和命令,
是需要由我們去回應的。

是時候讓我們起來回應神的呼召,回到神的誡命裡,
正如我們的上一代一樣。

這是需要從我們每一句說話,每一個行為,每一天生活開始的,
是要付代價的。

80後、90後一代的「兒女」,
讓我們在神面前許下立志,
讓我們的心轉向我們的父母

Whenever we talked about bringing the generations together we often quote, “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” Malachi 4:6

When we try to understand the meaning behind this scripture, we often put emphasis on the first part of it – fatherhood – for we have been touched by God’s work through our pastors.

We have seen that our previous generation – our pastors, or even their pastors, have been transformed in their lives and ministries – for their hearts have been turned to us.

They are willing to put us before their ministries; they are willing to turn from one-way commands and teachings to guidance and to walk with us; they are willing to see us walk further, faster and farther than they have – for they are willing to see God’s glory magnified on this land; for they love us.

Over the last few years we have seen many broken hearts healed and many spiritual orphans embraced again by parental figures – all because of their ‘turning’, their commitment and willingness to walk with us.

Because they are willing to let their roofs stand as our floorboards, our generation has more resources, a greater freedom, and a wider safety net, allowing us to live out our callings and dreams from God every single day.

Over the years we’ve been witnesses to the blessings of parents turning their hearts to their children. This ‘turning’ is still happening on a daily basis, and this blessing is spreading on a daily basis too. Surely, this is what God has commanded, therefore what He has granted.

Yet I dare say that this is not enough.

We tend to think that ‘children turning their hearts to their parent’s is a by-product of  ‘parents turning their hearts to their children’ – yet I dare say that this is not true.

Just as it takes parents’ initiative to meet God’s will to turn their hearts to their children, it takes us making a stand to let our hearts be turned to our parents.

When the previous generation turned their hearts to us, it was more than giving us a hug when they felt moved, more than giving us a call when they had spare time, more than buying us dinner when they could afford it. They paid a price. They deliberately broke out of their comfort zones, they took extra risks for us; they paid for us what they did not receive from the generations before them.

We see in both the old and new testaments that God has called parents to love their children and children to honour their parents. When the parents’ hearts were turned to the children, they responded to God’s calling and command; and it is God’s specific calling for our generation to have our hearts turned to our parents. We need to respond to this command.

It is time we rise to God’s calling, to live in His commandment, just as our previous generations did.

This starts in our every word, act and day – this is a price to pay.

‘Children’ of the 80’s and 90’s, let us make a decision before God; let us turn our hearts to our parents.

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