2014.05.17【英译中】来自上帝的信函(六)

发表于:2014-05-17 11:58 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

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NEXT STEPS
后续步骤

Why are these next steps so important? Think of it this way. A person who is newly born spiritually can be compared with a newborn baby. Both are at risk. Both need help. Both require protection, care and nurture. Just as the young baby needs natural food, the person born spiritually needs the right kind of spiritual food.

为什么这些后续步骤如此重要?这样去思考它。一个灵魂获得重生的人可比作一个新生的婴儿。两者都有风险,都需要帮助,都需要保护,关怀和培育。正如婴儿需要食物,灵魂获得重生的人也需要精神粮食。

Jesus gave an illustration to help us understand the risks involved. He spoke about a farmer sowing seed -- an example that underscores the importance of the next 30 days. He said some seed is sown by the side of the road where it is consumed by birds before it ever takes root. Other seed falls where the soil is shallow. It has an initial burst of growth, but the roots never become well established. When the sun comes up, the seed is scorched and withers. Still other seed takes root, but soon thorns entangle and choke the life out of the new plant.

耶稣举了一个例子,让我们理解存在的风险。他举农民播种种子为例,说明后续30天的重要性。他说,一些种子撒播在路边,在它未生根发芽前就被鸟吃了。另外一些种子撒播在浅土里,开始长势很快,但是不能扎根,太阳一出来,这些种子就被烤焦或缺水枯萎。还有一些种子,虽然扎根了,但是被荆棘缠绕或者新的植物遮蔽,窒息而死。 
Fortunately the parable doesn't end there. Jesus described another kind of soil as "good ground." Seed sown into this soil took root, grew and eventually multiplied many times over. (See Matthew 13:1-23 for the full parable) Wouldn't you like your spiritual roots to go into that kind of soil? 

幸运的是,该寓言并未这此结束。耶稣描写了另外一种土壤,叫“沃土”。种子撒播在这块土壤,生根发芽,茁壮成长,最终繁衍数代。(完整的寓言见 《马太福音》 章节13:1-23)你不想让你的灵魂扎根于这样的土壤吗?

The "seed" in the parable represents the "gospel" -- or literally the "good news" that Jesus died on our behalf in order that we might be restored in our relationship with God and receive eternal life. You should make it your goal to go beyond an initial experience of yielding to Christ, and press on toward sustained viability, productivity and dynamic change.

寓言中的“种子”是指“信条”---文学上称之为“福音”。耶稣为我们受难,我们可恢复跟上帝的关系,获得永生。你应该拟定一个目标,接受追随耶稣的初期考验,并朝着生生不息和茁壮成长的方向继续向前。

Studies indicate the critical importance of what happens in the days immediately following a new spiritual birth. If you get a good start, the benefits can sustain you the rest of your life. You want to understand what has happened and establish new ways of thinking and behaving in order to grow, become spiritually healthy and impact the lives of others.

研究表明灵魂重生开始的日子所发生的事情至关重要。如果你有一个好的开始,你的余生都会受益。为了灵魂健康成长和影响他人的人生,你想理解所发生的事,采取新的思考方式,新的行动。
THE CHALLENGE
I firmly believe that if you will make a modest investment of time to study the key concepts in this 30-day guide, you will see your roots go deeply into the good ground Jesus spoke about. You may not find it easy. All kinds of distractions will compete for your time and attention. But stick with it! Let seeds of truth and life take hold. God wants this for you and will make it possible. The rewards are infinitely great, while the potential loss of missing the opportunity is beyond measure.

Your destiny is not to fail or see your vitality choked off by thorns, but rather to be a productive person who succeeds in every dimension of life. You were designed to be a joy-filled follower of Jesus Christ! This guide will help you become that person.
 
挑战

我坚信如果你投入一定时间学习30天导航的关键内容,你将看到你扎根于耶稣谈及的沃土。你可能感觉它很容易。各种烦心事将浪费你的时间,让你分心。但是继续坚持!让真理和人生的种子稳住。上帝想给你这些,想让它成为可能。尽管错过机会难以估测,但回报是巨大的。 

你命中注定不会失败,不会被荆棘缠绕而窒息,你注定成为一个有成就的人,在人生的每一个阶段都会成功。你将变为一个充满快乐的基督教徒!本引航(或指南)将帮助你成为那样的人。
by John D. Beckett


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