27 Apr 2021

行许多善事
Gave generously

Acts 10:1-8

1在该撒利亚有一个人,名叫哥尼流,是意大利营的百夫长。2他是一个虔诚的人,他和全家都敬畏上帝,对人民行过许多善事,常常向上帝祷告。3有一天,大约下午三点钟,他在异象中,清清楚楚看见上帝的一位天使来到他那里,对他说:哥尼流!4他定睛一看,害怕起来,说:主啊,什么事?天使说:你的祷告和善行,已经达到上帝面前,蒙他记念了。5现在你要派人到约帕去,请那个名叫彼得的西门来。6他在一个制皮工人西门的家里作客,房子就在海边。7和他说话的天使走了之后,他就叫了两个家仆和侍候他的一个虔诚的士兵来,8把一切事向他们讲明,然后派他们到约帕去。

1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.  He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.  Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.  He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”  When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants.  He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.

 

重点学习

这段经文肯定了那些深知上帝所应得的尊崇,于是甘心乐意顺服祂的人。哥尼流时常向上帝祷告。这说明了他的宗教信仰不是遵行一套外在的礼仪,而是从心灵深处敬拜上帝。让我们自我勉励,像哥尼流一样恒切祷告。

若一位敬虔的人的孩子不像他一样敬虔,或妻子行为不当,亦或仆人虚假奸恶,他就不能置之不理或任由他的家因他的忽略而败坏。

坚信福音会让我们遭到世人的诋毁,但如果我们因此而不把我们的家庭献给上帝,那我们就是无可救药的懦夫。倘若歌尼流那一点如同星星之火的信心对他有如此巨大的影响,那全备的知识对我们的生命的影响不是更辉煌吗?

如果有人想做基督的门徒,想被属天智慧的亮光启迪,他就必须听从他人的话,并向这些人学习。基督用这些人作为祂的器皿,并愿意我们与他们在信心上相连。

  

Lessons Learn

This passage is commending the voluntary, heartfelt submission to God of people who have thought about what is due to him. Cornelius prayed to God regularly; that is, his religion was not just seen in external ceremonies, but he worshiped God spiritually. Let us all encourage ourselves to persevere in prayer as Cornelius did.

If a godly man has children who are not like him or a wife who is badly behaved, or servants who are wicked and dishonest, he should not turn a blind eye or allow his household to be polluted through his own negligence.

Sincere profession of the Gospel may be maligned in the world, but we are depraved cowards if that keeps us from offering our family to God. If a small spark of faith had such influence over him, what should the full brightness of knowledge produce in us?

Whoever wants to be Christ’s disciple and be illuminated by the light of heavenly wisdom should listen to and learn from external, human voices. Christ uses these as his instruments and wants our faith to be linked to them.