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路加福音 – 「等候」

(原刊載於「靈修分享」2016年5月31日 貼文的修訂版)
路 24:49
「我要使我父的應許臨到你們身上,你們當在城裡等候,直到得著從上面來的能力。」
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要得著從上面來的能力,門徒必須在城裡「等候」。(路:24:49)

「等候」有兩個應用:

1. 集體的等候
主耶穌的門徒照著主耶穌的吩咐回到耶路撒冷,他們那時候的心情可能十分沉重,也許有一些沒有倚靠的感受,這麼一群人,聚集在一家樓房,他們不是討論下一步要如何,也不是在判斷跟隨耶穌到底對還是不對,也沒有埋怨、哀嘆,而是同心合意地恆切禱告,這種等候,是以禱告等候。他們走在一起,因大家都同有仰望耶穌的應許的心,共同祈求應許的成全,祈求聖靈的降臨。也因為他們同心合意的聚集禱告,點燃了福音的火苗,展開了一個新的時代。這群人,共同在樓房裏禱告等候,然後經歷聖靈降臨,他們這集體經驗是他們引以為傲的,而他們之間的情誼,也必因這經驗而深厚,值得現今教會的信徒製造機會去體驗。

2. 個人的等候
基督徒常常以為「等候」是浪費生命,但「等候」聖靈往往是得勝前歷練的準備。當我們願意把生活中「重要的事情」放在一旁,靜候神的時候,我們的思想才會被潔淨;當心思潔淨以後,神的心意才能清晰出現,這時,我們才發現有些更重要的事情,原來一直都被我們「放了在一旁」,神正是要堅立這些被我們忘記了的聖工,救贖被我們忘記了的羊群。

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參考資料:
William Barclay “s Daily Study Bible

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