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真合一

  「你們若有彼此相愛的心,眾人因此就認出你們是我的門徒了。(約1335
   
記得小時讀過一個故事,講到一個農夫,在臨終前把他五個兒子叫來,給每人一根筷子,叫他們折斷。兒子們很輕易的一一折斷了。老農夫又拿了五根筷子叫他們折,就沒有人能折斷。然後他教訓他們團結才是力量。但我常想,父親死了,兒子會不會分家產?當然最後一定會分。那父親是不是白講了?

什麼是合一?合一是不是不分開?主耶穌在離開這世界之前花了許多功夫教導門徒要合一。祂的新命令是要門徒彼此相愛,因為這是領人歸主的先決條件(約1335)。愛是接納對方,不求自己的益處;愛是恒久忍耐,不計算人的惡;愛是追求真理,不自誇張狂。有了愛才能講正確的關係。所以合一的基礎是愛,一種意志性的愛,堅持要愛對方。

合一的第二個基礎是信心。主耶穌分離的禱告中,特別求信徒的合一。「使他們都合而為一,正如你父在我裏面,我在你裏面,使他們也在我裏面,叫世人可以信你差了我來」(約1721)相信是進入的第一步。基督徒的合一是在基督裏的合一。惟有相信主在帶領,才能有合一。否則個人都想照自己的意思去行,只會愈分愈遠。

第三個合一的基礎是盼望,一個榮耀的盼望;也就是未來的成果。沒有異象,民就放肆(箴2918)。異象是預先看見未來的成果,是目標的藍圖。如果一個建築物有兩份不同的藍圖,這房子就不可能蓋成。主耶穌的禱告是「父阿,現在求你使我同你享榮耀,就是未有世界以先,我同你所有的榮耀。」(約175)合一乃是我們與主同享成果的榮耀,為我們共同的目標。

折斷五根筷子要用五倍以上的力氣,乃是因為筷子在一起由摩擦力而產生一體性,使斷面的慣性力矩大大的增加。所以我們彼此摩擦而不離開主,並不是一件壞事。只要有信望愛,我們在主裡就更合一。

 

True Unity

   “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John13: 35)

   When I was young, there was a story in the textbook, about an old farmer and his five sons.  Before the farmer died, he called his sons, gave them each a chopstick and asked them to break it.  They did it easily.  Then he gave them five chopsticks together, and none of them could break the bunch.  The farmer taught them the power of unity.  But I always wandered; did they divide the property after father’s death?  I think they did in the end.

    What is unity?  Does unity means undivided?  Before Jesus left the world he used lots of time to teach his disciples about unity.  His command was to love each other. (John 13:35)  This is the condition to lead people to Christ.  Love is to accept others without our own benefit.  Love is patient without keeping record of wrongs.  Love is rejoicing with the truth without boasting.  Rightful relationship based on love.  Hence the first element of unity is love.  A determmation to love other tills the end.

    Second element of unity is faith.  Jesus in his last prayer said: “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that they world may believe that you have sent me.” (John17:21)  Believing is the first step of entering.  Only we are united in Christ and trust in his leadership, then we can have unity.  Otherwise, everyone does his own will and become farther divided.

    The third element of unity is hope, a glorious hope.  It is the future result. “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.” (Prov.29:18)   Vision is to foresee the result and is the blue print of goal.  If a building has two different blue prints, it will never be constructed.  Jesus prayed; “Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” (John17:5)  The unity is to hope to enjoy the glorious results with the Lord.

   To break five chopstick will use more them five times of strength.  Because of the friction between chopsticks that causes the bonding will increase the moment inertial of the section greatly.  To have friction is not necessary a bad thing.  Only to hold on faith, hope and love will make us more united in the Lord.

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