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「道成了肉身,住在我們中間,充充滿滿的有恩典(Charis)有真理(Alethia)。我們也見過他的榮光,正是父獨生子的榮光。」(約翰福音1:14)

從洗碗看事奉

昨晚在爸媽家裡吃飯,談起如何訓練兩歲半大的熙悅,叫她作個小幫手。

其實,現在她已經很懂事,可以幫我們丟垃圾、收拾玩具、拿東拿西等。

媽媽突然想起姊姊兒時的模樣,慨嘆說:「你姊姊小時候也十分喜歡幫我洗碗碟,只是慢慢長大後便不幫了。」

聽到這句話,我便嘗試想像姊姊小時候很開心地在媽媽傍幫手洗碗的樣子,十分可愛似的。

但頓然之間,我領會了一個十分重要的屬靈道理。

dishes

為什麼姊姊小時候會那麼嚮往幫媽媽洗碗呢?她真的喜歡洗碗嗎?莫非她喜歡玩水?玩泡泡?

抑或她真正喜歡的是能夠與媽媽常在一起,感受媽媽容讓她參與大人在廚房裡工作的滋味?

若是,這豈不正是基督徒應有的事奉觀嗎?

我們不是為著事奉而事奉,也不是為了成事而事奉。

我們事奉的最大動力來源,應該是:

  1. 渴望時常與神同在和跟祂有親密的聯合 (intimate communion with God)
  2. 渴望能夠參與在神事工上的那種榮幸 (the honor and privilege of participating in the divine economy)

更重要的是,那事工根本上是屬於神的。我們只是有幸參與在其中,猶如媽媽容讓小女兒幫手一起洗碗一樣。碗洗得「好」與「不好」,媽媽自有分寸。小女兒不用太膽心,也膽心不來。她只管盡力協助媽媽,媽媽叫她幫什麼她便幫什麼。

抱著這樣的心態事奉,我們又豈能不充滿著喜樂呢?

所以下次事奉遇到困難而失卻了喜樂時,請記得:

“It’s not about the dishes, it’s about being with mom.”


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  1. L says

    Nice observation! 😀
    But why do we stop doing these little chores for our mom after we grow up?
    It seems that after we’ve reached a certain age, we no longer find as much joy in doing these things… Why is that? Is it because we get less praise? Perhaps we have other “more important” things to do, that a small chore seems almost “worthless”?

    • Anson says

      I think it’s because the focus has shifted away from being with mom and participating in mom’s work, to just doing the boring dishes…… that’s why the joy is lost.
      Notice how many people burn out when they serve. That’s precisely the problem. They look at it like an unrewarded task that nobody wants to do. They don’t even see mom standing beside them. They see only themselves in front of a huge pile of dirty dishes.

      And yeah, you are right, they end up wanting to do “more important” things, more worthwhile things that will advance their own well being – whether it be career, financial security, social happiness, or simply indulging in their own entertainment.

      My professor Darrell Johnson once said the biggest fallacy is to think we are called to ministry “for” God, instead of “with” God. See my previous post about this problem:
      http://blog.theoryspace.com/2009/06/19/for-god/

  2. 四方格 says

    Thank you for sharing! I enjoy reading your blog very much!!

    • Anson says

      四方格, thanks for reading my blog. I thank God if what I write is edifying to others. Please leave me comments more often, cuz that’ll enhance the discussion and encourage me to write more =) Blessings.

  3. Bruce says

    Hello, Anson.
    This is Greetings from Bruce from QIngdao, PRC. I am Patrick Kuo’s friend, ever quote one of your acticles ( Genesis 39) in my newsletter called “workplace saint”. I also have another close friend here in QD who are just left Regent recently, her name is Connie Ang.
    Enjoy reading your blog very much, and wish to learn more from you. Can I quote your articles in your blog in my newsletter?

    Blessings.

    Bruce

    fellowshipinhim@gmail.com

    • Anson says

      Hi Bruce, I did hear about you from Patrick. It’s great to hear that Connie is also in QD. Thanks for quoting my article in your newsletter. It is an honor to me. Sure, you can continue to quote whatever you find on this blog. I hope what God inspired me to write can inspire you further in your spiritual/theological reflections.

      P.S. You might have noticed I haven’t been writing much recently, because I have just started working full-time in pastoral ministry at my church. I’ll try to write more once the dust settles. (I actually have many ideas I wrote as drafts and haven’t published yet…)

      Blessings,

      Anson