What’s Hanging On Your Door?

>>> Mandarin version of this article 你的心门上挂着什么指示牌?

Dear Ministry Partners,

Many hotel rooms around the world provide “Do Not Disturb” and “Make Up Room” door signs for their guests to communicate their preferences to the housekeepers. During a recent hotel stay, the Lord prompted me to reflect on the condition of my heart through these door signs.

“Do Not Disturb”

Sometimes, we tell God to not disturb our lives. My life is going well, and I do not want to be too religious or over committed. I will do my part as a Christian – go to church, tithe, serve God at my convenience – but I still want to be in control of my life. However, some areas of my life are strictly out-of-bounds to Him.

These “do-not-disturb” areas could be reflective of our struggles with past trauma or ongoing sins, a desire to be in control of our lives and make decisions on our own, or a deep disappointment with God for withholding things or outcomes of our desire. Like Peter who, on the night that Jesus was arrested and went on trial before the Sanhedrin, “followed Him at a distance” (Matthew 26:58), we cannot follow Christ wholeheartedly when we keep God out of our lives.

“Make Up Room”

We sometimes treat God like a room service attendant whom we call upon to clean up the mess that we have callously created. When we cry out to God in desperation (Psalm 102:1), God in His mercy hears us and will come to our aid. However, if we expect God to be at our beck and call, or a doormat to be stepped on, then we have taken both Him and His grace for granted.

When God cleans up the mess in our lives, we must seek His forgiveness, repent from our self-centredness and resolve to get right with Him.

Let me suggest a door sign that will have a life-changing effect on us.

“Make Yourself At Home”

This is an invitation for Christ to come in and dwell in our hearts. We want God to be at home and have access to all aspects of our lives. God is not merely a guest, but Author and Master of our lives. When we allow Him to have full control of our being, He will give us the peace and rest that we need, and will constantly remind us to keep our hearts pure and be holy. God is delighted when He is welcomed.

Which sign is hanging on the door of your life in this season?

 

Blessings,
Lam Kok Hiang
Country Leader


 

你的心门上挂着什么指示牌?

亲爱的事工伙伴,

世界各地许多旅店都提供客房挂牌,例如:“请勿打扰”、“请即打扫”,以方便旅客与客房服务员沟通。在最近一次入住旅店时,上帝通过这些客房挂牌感动我反思我内心的状况。

“请勿打扰”

有些时候,我们对上帝说,“请别打扰我的生活。” 我对目前的生活很满意,我不想太多地投入信仰。我会尽基督徒的本分 – 参与崇拜、按月奉献,在时间许可的时候事奉上帝;但是我仍要自己掌管人生,甚至我生活的一些领域是绝对不允许上帝介入的。

这些“不允许上帝打扰”的领域也许是因为我们过去的创伤或目前的罪。又或许我们渴望自己的人生由自己掌控,因为我们对上帝深深地失望,觉得上帝没有按照我们所希望的应允我们,上帝对我们的爱是有所保留的。主耶稣被卖的那一夜,当他被押解到犹太公会受审的时候,彼得“远远地跟着”耶稣(马太26:58)。若我们将上帝拒于心门之外,我们是无法全心全意地跟随主的。

“请即打扫”

有些时候,我们待上帝如客房服务员,召唤祂收拾我们所搞出来的烂摊子。纵然当我们急难的时候呼求上帝,祂怜悯我们,垂听我们,救助我们。但是,若我们把上帝当作可以呼之即来,挥之即去的服务员,我们就是在践踏上帝的恩典,把上帝和祂的爱当成理所当然了。
当我们祈求上帝清扫我们生活中的脏乱,我们必须先向上帝认罪悔改,祈求赦免,从自我为中心转向上帝,与上帝和好。

让我来提议一个能翻转人生的心门挂牌。

“当作自己的家”

这是对基督的邀请,请祂入住我们的内心。我们要让我们的内心成为上帝的住处,让祂自由进入我们生活的每一个领域。上帝不是我们的客人,祂是我们生命的主宰,我们的主人。当我们让上帝全权掌管我们的人生,祂赐予我们心灵所需要的平安和安息,祂会不断地提醒我们要保守内心的纯净圣洁。上帝喜悦我们向祂敞开内心。

在你人生目前的阶段,你心门上挂着什么指示牌?

 

愿上帝祝福你,
蓝国贤
会长