(Matt 5:13-16) （太5:13-16）
Last weekend the church held the opening ceremony上周是我们的新大楼开放典礼, which was very successful一切都很顺利! A total of nearly 600 people appeared at the weekend 大约6,7百人参加了典礼and witnessed how God has been good to OTBC. 见证神实在是恩待OTBC! And we know that renewal is still continuing神的更新还在延续! How can we keep up with the work of God in OTBC？我们要怎样跟上神在OTBC的工作呢? How can we ensure that we are participating in God’s work here怎样确保 我们都正参与其中呢? By practicing what we hear in the church借着操练我们所听的道!
As God’s church神的教会, we know that the church is not the building不是一栋建筑物, but we the people是人，是我们! But do you know what the external function of being His church is但你知道 教会的对外功能是什么吗? What makes (us) Christians so important to this world什么使 我们基督徒 对世界如此重要? What we can carry into this fallen world我们可以把什么带给 这个堕落的世界?
I have a funny story我有个很好笑的经历, that happened about fifteen years ago大约15年前, I wasn’t a Christian那时我还没信主, one day有一天, when I was watching a science fiction film我正在看一部科幻片, which was talking about how the earth would be destroyed by fire and explosion讲的是大火和爆炸将毁灭地球, and only a few people would be saved and transported to another planet只有少数人可以逃脱被救，去到另一个星球. Suddenly突然, a thought came into my mind一个意念进入我心, which clearly said很清楚地说, “The purpose you are here is to save people to escape from that 你来的目的就是拯救全人类.” “What什么?” I was scared我大吃一惊, and said to my husband对我丈夫说, “We must stop watching this movie不能再看下去了, because I am going to go mad我是不是快疯了! Isn’t that a crazy thought这想法是不是太疯狂了?
I can’t even save myself我连自己都救不了, how can I save others怎可能救别人?” But after I had become a Christian但是，后来我信了主, one day又有一天, when I read in James 5:20当我读到（雅5:20）, “Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. 叫一个罪人从迷路上转回便是救一个灵魂不死，并且遮盖许多的罪。”
I immediately understood, yes我马上醒悟过来，对! That’s God’s calling to you and me! And to all Christians这就是神对你、我和所有基督徒的呼召! Because He loves everyone in this world因祂爱世上的所有人! Not only does Jesus save us耶稣不单拯救我们, but also并且, He wants to use us to save more要我们去拯救更多人! Therefore因此, after the Beatitudes他讲完天国八福之后, Jesus calls us to be salt and light to influence this world就呼召我们做光做盐，来影响这世界!
Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 太5:13-16: “你们是世上的盐。盐若失了味，怎能叫它再咸呢？以后无用，不过丢在外面，被人践踏了。你们是世上的光。城造在山上是不能隐藏的。人点灯，不放在斗底下，是放在灯台上，就照亮一家的人。你们的光也当这样照在人前，叫他们看见你们的好行为，便将荣耀归给你们在天上的父。” It comes up a question问题来了:
Jesus didn’t say耶稣不是说, “You should be the salt你应该做盐,” or “You should be the light你应该做光.” But He said祂却说, “You are the salt of the earth你 是 世上的盐.” “You are the light of the world你 是 世界的光.” What’s the difference区别在哪里? “You should be the light” It means “你应该成为光”意思是that you should do good in your own strength to obtain the light你要靠自己做好才能成为光. But actually事实上, if you do so你若这样做, even if you make every effort就算拼尽全力, until you are worn out and your face turns blue直到你累得趴下、脸色发绿, you will still have no light你还是没有光, no salt没有盐, no victory不得胜, no peace无平安, and no joy不得喜乐! And you will still feel condemned all the time而且你会总觉得被定罪. Do you know why这是为什么? Can the fallen and dark sinful-nature be changed by our own efforts这个堕落的、充满黑暗的本性，会因我们的努力而改变吗? No绝不!
“…the righteous will live by faith. Romans 1:17义人必因信得生（罗1:17）”, “the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Gal 5:6b惟独使人生发仁爱的信心才有功效。（加5:6下）” It is by faith that we receive God’s love in Christ因着信 我们在基督里领受神的爱! It’s by God’s grace that we are in Christ因神的恩典，我们得以在基督里. Jesus Christ is the light of the world耶稣基督就是世界的光! (John 8:12) He said “I am the light of the world.”（约8:12）他说：“我是世界的光。” It is by faith that we receive Jesus’ blood to cleanse our sins因着信，我们接受耶稣的宝血，洗净我们的罪; it is by faith that we also receive His Holy Spirit to dwell in us因着信，我们也领受圣灵住在我们里面, “now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Cor 3:17.”“主就是那灵，主的灵在哪里，那里就得以自由（林后3:17）。” The Holy Spirit is the Lord Himself who is dwelling in us圣灵就是主，住在我们里面! The gift of the light of life is in us生命之光就住在我们里面! That’s why you are the salt and the light因此，你就是那盐，就是那光. It’s not about who you are naturally or what you have这与你天然人是谁、或你拥有什么无关! It’s all about faith这只关乎信心! Please listen请听：We receive Christ我们领受基督, and we are to give a glimpse of Jesus Christ to this world我们给出耶稣基督 显明给世界看! The “self” must die “老自己”必须死! It’s all about Jesus Christ not ourselves因这都是关乎基督，不是我们自己! Abiding in Him we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world与祂连结，我们就是世上的盐，是世界的光。
Jesus continuously said主耶稣继续说, “if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It’s no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 盐若失了味，怎能叫它再咸呢？以后无用，不过丢在外面，被人践踏了。” Wow哇, This is serious那很严重! “be thrown out被丢在外面”! Does that mean that if any Christians don’t live a life of salt they would lose their salvation难道是指 基督徒若不活出盐的生命，就要失去救恩吗? No不! It’s not talking about losing their salvation这里说的不是救恩, but it’s talking about losing their reward 而是指失去赏赐because they haven’t been witnesses of Christ Jesus to this world因基督徒没有向世界见证耶稣. “and they are trampled by men就被人践踏了”, what does that mean这是什么意思?
1Cor 7:23, You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men（林前7:23）你们是重价买来的，不要作人的奴仆。You know, we were 100% slaves of men when we were non-Christians我们没信主的时候，百分百是人的奴仆! Our emotions were 100% affected by People’s faces我们的情绪完全受人的脸色, words人的言语, and actions行为 and by our own feelings并我们自己的感觉所影响. People’s comments on us could make us happy人的评价可以让我们高兴, downcast or mad也可以让我们低沉，或者发火! Because we subconsciously believed that love and acceptance came from people因我们潜意识里相信，爱和接纳是从人而来, so if people didn’t smile at us如果人没有对我们笑 or agree with us也没有觉得我们对, we felt rejected and hurt我们就感到被拒绝、受伤害。
But now但现在, the truth says真理说, Jesus laid down his life for us, that is real love 主为我们舍命，这就是真正的爱。(see 1 John 3:16见约一3:16)! God says that nothing can separate us from His love神说没有什么可以使我们与神的爱隔绝 (see Romans 8:35 见罗8:35). You don’t have to rely on what people say about you to cheer you up你无需依赖别人的好评 来让自己高兴!
Or on what you feel as to whether God loves you或依赖自己的感觉 就觉得神是否爱你 “somebody said that you are a nice man”人说你是个好人，we are Happy高兴！“somebody said that you are so foolish 你说你好蠢” “what? He himself is a fool! 什么？他自己才是蠢才…you see, If we accept these lies若我们接受这些谎言, the salt will lose its saltiness quickly很快盐就会失去咸味, and we will be trampled by men就会被人践踏了!
Salt is used for seasoning food and as a preservative因盐是用来调味、防腐的. Some people put salt on salad or on avocado on toast人们在沙律里、或者涂面包的牛油果上撒些盐, we never hear them say但没有人说, “wow, That’s yummy salt哇，盐真美味!” No不, we only hear people say人们会说, “That’s yummy salad沙律真好吃, or That’s great toast面包真好吃!” Why为什么? Because the function of salt is not to make people think how great salt is因盐的功用不是让人觉得它自己有多好吃, but how great the salted food is而是那食物有多好吃! In the same way同样, to live in the truth, we must be convinced despite our circumstances不论环境如何，为活在真理里，我们必须信!
“I am not happy 我不开心 because they look down on me因他们看不起我…” No不要! Your obligation is not to satisfy the desires of the sinful nature我们不是欠肉体私欲的债. Your job on earth is not to ask people to accept you or to love you你在地上的工作不是乞讨人接纳你 来爱你! That’s a lie那是个谎言! You are accepted and valued and loved by the Almighty God你是被全能神接纳、看重、疼爱! Love comes from God爱从神而来! You’ve already had the source of love你已经拥有这爱的泉源and are able to give it out也有能力可以给出去! You are called to be a seasoning agent 你蒙召成为调和的使者，to give a taste and a glimpse of who Jesus is让人品尝看见耶稣基督! (firstly, to your family and then to this world先向你的家人，然后向世界)
Who are you你是谁? You are the light of the world你是世界的光! Your function is to light the dark world你的职责是照亮黑暗的世界! Why is it so dark为什么黑暗? Because sin covers the whole world因为罪遮盖全世界! The world needs the light to shine这世界需要光! “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light Gen 1:1,3起初神创造天地……神说：“要有光。”就有了光。(创1:1,1:3). We see in the beginning我们看到，在造物之初, God’s heart was to let light shine in the dark world神的心意就是让光照在黑暗里! God is unchangeable神永不改变!
“Let there be light要有光!” Wherever we go无论我们去哪里, let there be light让那里有光! Let the light shine in this sinful world让光照在这充满罪的世界里! But some Christians may still be thinking有基督徒还会想 “I’m not talented or gifted我没有什么才干…I’m not eloquent我也不是能说会道…I’m not good looking我长相平平…I’m not an extrovert nor sociable我不外向也不会交际…How can I be a light to others我怎能成为照亮别人的光呢?”
No不, no不, no不! You are the light你就是那光, it’s not because of who you are naturally不是因你天然人是怎样的人! It’s because you are related to Jesus who is the light of the world而是因你和耶稣的关系，祂是世界的光! When Christ Jesus came祂来到地上时, he was a carpenter是个木匠 and not well educated, nor rich，没有学历，没有钱. The bible says圣经说, “and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. 我们看见他的时候，也无美貌使我们羡慕他(Isa 53:2b， 赛53:2下) But you know who Jesus is? 但你知道耶稣是谁？ through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it (John 1:3) 万物是藉着祂造的；凡被造的，没有一样不是藉着他造的。生命在祂里头，这生命就是人的光。光照在黑暗里，黑暗却不接受光（约1:3-4） why为什么?
Because the purpose of light is to expose sin and drive out darkness因光就是要显明罪，驱走黑暗! Remember还记不记得? Jesus was distrusted and mocked by his own brothers耶稣自己的亲兄弟也不信他，还嘲笑他, “you ought to go to Judea你离开这里上犹太去吧, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do叫你的门徒也看见你所行的事…no one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret人要显扬名声，没有在暗处行事的…show yourself to the world就当将自己显明给世人看。 See John 7:3” 见（约7:3-4）
Do you see你看到了吗? Even Jesus’ brothers distrusted and misunderstood him主耶稣的亲兄弟也不信他，也误解他, and they thought that Jesus' intention was to exalt himself他们认为耶稣想高举自己, and that he wanted to be a celebrity想要出名! It happens everywhere到处都有这样的事发生! Misunderstanding误解! Rejection拒绝! Arguing争辩! Grumbling埋怨! Be watchful and prayerful总要警醒祷告, because they can quench the light from shining through us因为它们会熄灭我们里面的光，不让光透出来! The word of God says神的话说,
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. 凡所行的，都不要发怨言，起争论，使你们无可指摘，诚实无伪，在弯曲悖谬的世代作神无瑕疵的儿女。你们显在这世代中，好像明光照耀（腓2:14-15）” Can you see how the light shines through us光怎样可以从我们里面透出来? What kinds of sins can put out our lights什么罪可以熄灭我们的光? Complaining抱怨! Grumbling埋怨! Disputing争吵! Pride骄傲, and arguing争辩! Of course当然, there are other sins that can put out our lights as well其他罪也可以熄灭我们的光! Such as Lies就如谎言, sexual immorality淫乱 and covetousness贪心, and so on等等。
But today I’m only talking about the most common sins that we are prone to fail但今天我只讲最常见的、容易让我们跌倒的罪. What can cause us to complain什么会导致抱怨? Expectation我们的期望! “what if you expect good thing but some bad things come up你期望美事，得到的却相反…what if you expect that someone will listen to you and do something for you你期望别人听你的、为你做什么, but he doesn’t但那人却不听也不做…
How do you feel你感觉如何? You feel disappointed and rejected你会觉得失望、被拒绝. If we want our lights to shine continuously 若我们要继续让里面的光照出来, we must deal with these thoughts by prayer in truth and in faith我们必须在真理和信心里祷告，与这样的意念争战! For Jesus the Lord says因主耶稣说, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12我是世界的光。跟从我的，就不在黑暗里走，必要得着生命的光（约8:12）” I heard people say我听到有人说, “I come to the church once a week我每周来一次教会…I read the bible every day我每天读经…I pray every day我天天祷告…I come to the bible study and read lots of commentaries about scripture我参加查经班，读很多圣经解读…so I’ve followed Jesus那么我是跟从了耶稣.” Hang on等一下! The practice of religious self-discipline is just the warm-up exercise before we step into the world to act like who we really are 这些属灵约束的操练只是帮助我们进入世界前去活出我们的真实身份的一种热身运动。
Only by living a life of holiness and love will enable us to shine as lights to this world活出圣洁和爱，才真正使我们如明光照耀这世界! Because anyone who does not love remains in death! anyone who hates his brother is a murderer! (see 1 John 3:15) 因任何人没有爱心的，仍住在死中。凡恨弟兄的，就是杀人的！（约一3:15）
I learnt this when I ministered to the home church in the midst of hard times这是我在牧养家庭教会的艰难中学到的功课. Think about this试想一下, when you raise your children你抚养了你的孩子, you have put in effort你花了心血, you expect that your children will listen to you and care about you你指望孩子能听你，关心你, but they don’t但他们没有. How do you feel你感觉如何? Disappointed失望? Complaining抱怨? Heart-broken心碎? This is the instinctive reaction of our sinful natures这是我们天然人的本能反应, because we all expect to receive a good outcome from the efforts we have put in因我们都期望付出了就有好结果! But God has His own timing但神有祂自己的时间, as Christians作为基督徒, we have to learn how to wait for the Lord patiently in faith and in prayer我们要学习怎样在信心的祷告中 耐心等候主!
You know你知道, I once was heartbroken我曾经一度心碎, when ministering to the home church牧养家庭教会的时候, I gave away all that I had我付出我一切所有的, money钱, energy精力, time时间, anything所有, according to the instruction of the Lord照着主的指示, throughout those 7 years那七年中, I used to spend 6 or 7 hours a day in the presence of God我每天花6到7小时住在主的同在中, in fasting and prayer禁食和祷告, yes是的, I saw revival upon the church just as the Lord had shown me in a dream我是看到教会的复兴，正如主在梦中指示我的, people were convicted by the Holy God人们被神的圣洁光照, repented with weeping流泪悔改, they were reconciled to God and to people与神与人和好, there were huge testimonies about healing and deliverance有许多医治和拯救的见证. The kingdom of God was vividly revealed to the church神的国活活地展现给教会! But so what但又怎样?
Can only receiving love but not giving the love make us whole若只是得到光却没有给出光，能使我们完全吗? How many people really paid the cost to be light to the world有多少人真正愿付上代价去做世界的光? It’s not easy to let your light always shine in this world要让你的光一直照亮世界 真不容易! There is a cost要付代价! Because Jesus says因耶稣说, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 你们是世上的光。城造在山上是不能隐藏的。人点灯，不放在斗底下，是放在灯台上，就照亮一家的人。” What does Jesus mean about the light that can be hidden or put under a bowl主说光不能隐藏、也不放在斗底下 是什么意思? From Romans chapter 6 to 8我们从罗马书6-8章看到, we see that the desires of the flesh (the sinful nature) can be like a bowl to cover the light which is in us (demonstration) 肉体的邪情私欲（属罪本性）可以像斗一样罩住我们里面的光(示范)!
The mind of the flesh is death体贴肉体的就是死 (death belongs to darkness, and it’s without light死属于黑暗，没有光) (see Romans 8:6-7，见罗8:6-7), but the mind controlled by the Spirit of truth is life and peace体贴圣灵的乃是生命平安. The devil knows this as to how to use people那恶者知道如何利用人 or lots of things to try to put out our lights by tempting our natural desires或许多事，来试探我们的私欲，熄灭我们的光. To win the spiritual warfare depends on what we really value要胜过这场属灵争战，取决于我们看重什么. If we value our self-esteem 我们若看重自尊 (our face面子, our money钱财, our career事业, our fame名声, our personal interests个人利益, our expectations期望…) more than we love Jesus过于爱耶稣, the devil can use all these things we love to trap us into a snare那恶者就能利用他们诱使你进入网罗, where we may tell lies for what we want to gain你或许为了得到想要的就说谎! We may not accept or forgive what people do or what people say about us你或许就无法接纳饶恕在行为或言语上得罪你的人…God loves us and gives us free will to choose神爱你，赐给你自由意志可选择, whether we choose to be light to influence this world不管你是否选择做光去影响这世界。Or whether we choose to embrace our natural desires或你选择拥抱你的天然欲望! Even if we choose our own way就算你选择自己的道路, and forsake Him离弃神, He never forsakes us祂却永不离弃你!
But we must suffer for the bad decisions we make但你必须承受自己抉择的后果! For the mind of the flesh is death因为体贴肉体的就是死! which is under the control of the darkness and the power of the family curse I believe就会受制于黑暗和家族咒诅! But thank God但感谢神! If we choose to be light我们若选择做光, we put our trust in His truth信靠真理, not our own feelings而不是自己的感觉, God will draw us into His presence神就会吸引我们进入祂的同在中, and His presence enables us to be light祂同在使我们成为光! It’s not by our own efforts这不是靠天然人的努力! But by faith through Christ Jesus而是因信藉着耶稣基督成就的! We are more than conquerors through him who loves us靠着爱我们的主，在这一切事上已经得胜有余了! His love enables us to be the light祂的爱使我们能做光! Let there be light要有光! Let our hearts be a place of light让我们的心成为光明之所!
To go back to the above story再回到前面的故事, my heart was broken when I saw most Christians in the midst of the testing of their faith in those days那时我看到大多数基督徒在信心的考试中, they chose self-defences rather than dying to their own fame and self-esteem他们选择了自我保护，而不是向自己的名声和自尊死; they chose fear and rejection rather than choosing to trust in God’s love他们选择惧怕或是拒绝感，而不是信靠神的爱, I was crying out day and night我日夜呼求, fasting and praying禁食祷告, mourning and seeking God’s mercy for the church哭泣寻求神的怜悯, but nothing changed但什么都没有改变。
One day有一天, I said to the Lord我对主说, “what’s the point in putting me here to nurture你放我在这里牧养, feed and hold them as a mum像母亲一样喂养保抱他们，有何意义呢, but they don’t want to change by sharing in the suffering of Christ他们却不想经历基督那样的苦而得生命改变…” the other day第二天, God said to me神对我说, “restrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears…they will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your future. 你禁止声音不要哀哭，禁止眼目不要流泪……他们必从敌国归回。（耶31:16）” My sight was redirected from disappointment to God’s promise我的眼目就从失望转向神的应许! It’s all about His grace这都是因祂的恩典! I learnt from those years how to let our lights shine那些年里，我学习了怎样让我们的光照耀:
· Stop feeding the flesh with lies停止用谎言喂养肉体, so that you fall into the trap of complaining, blaming and other sins以至于落入抱怨、责怪和罪的网罗。
· Stop believing lies to label yourself as to who you are but believe who you are in Christ停止相信谎言来看你自己，却只信在基督里你是谁!
· Don’t expect others to be changed but allow the Spirit to transform yourself into His likeness不要期望别人改变，而是让圣灵更新你成为祂的样式！
· Trust that Jesus is God who is making everything new! Whether you can see or you can’t see! It is happening! 信耶稣是使万物更新的神！不论你看到，或看不到，一切正在更新！
· The righteous live by faith not sight! 义人因信得生！不凭眼见！
· Don’t let your feelings be your Lord! But die to your old-man and follow the way of Christ, even when it hurts. 不要让感觉感受成为你的主！向旧人死，跟随基督的道路, 就算自己吃亏 （痛）。
You are enabled to be the light是神使你能做光! Your light can shine brightly if you choose to follow Christ’s footsteps, even when it hurts你若选择跟随基督的脚踪，哪怕自己痛（都跟随到底），你就可以如明光照耀。
These recent years最近几年, I have seen a big change in my home church我看到家里教会发生了大改变, God’s promise has started to be fulfilled神的应许开始成就, especially for the leader whose testimony I shared with you last time. 尤其是上周我分享见证的那位同工, about how she practiced dying to herself in the midst of her hard times她在艰难中怎样操练向己死, she didn’t blame her husband who was lost没有责怪失丧的丈夫, rather she asked God to put her unmerciful 而是求神将她的无怜悯、and judgmental thoughts and complaints on the cross论断、抱怨钉在十字架上, so that she could be transformed以至于她自己能被更新, and love the lost去爱那失丧的人。
Now she really has a big influence on the home church现在，她大大影响了家里的教会, and the people around her said this to me周围的人对我说, “Because of her因她的缘故, we’ve seen the light shine again in this church我们又看到教会里有了光…we now have seen how God is with her visibly我们已经看见 神那样明显地与她同在.”
Yes是! We are enabled to be the light by God’s love神的爱使我们能做光! we are able to be light and to love我们就可以照亮、可以爱! even when it hurts就算自己吃亏! Let your light shine让你的光照耀! 1 John 2:9 says, “anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.（约一2:9）人若说自己在光明中，却恨他的弟兄，他到如今还是在黑暗中。爱弟兄的，就是主在光明中，在他并没有绊跌的缘由。”
How to let your light shine怎样让你的光照耀? Love your enemies爱仇敌! Die to the flesh’s voice向肉体的声音死! Live a life according to what the Beatitudes teach us照着天国八福的教导来生活! Forgive饶恕! As the Lord has forgiven you就如主饶恕了你! By faith靠着信, let’s keep yourselves in the holy presence of God持守自己在神的圣洁同在中! Because God’s holy presence enables your light to shine brightly因神的圣洁同在，使你如明光照耀! Let there be light要有光! Let the place of your heart be light让你的心充满光! Finally最后, these are some commands of God这些是神的部分命令, let’s read them together我们来一起读, may His words light our path愿祂的话照亮我们的道路 as we are in the season of Lent 当我们在这个大斋期.
Be devoted to one
another in brotherly love! Romans 12:10a
Honor one another
above yourselves Romans 12:10b
Live in harmony
with one another, don’t be proud. Romans 12:16a
Let no debt remain
outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another Romans 13:8a
judgment on one another Romans 14:13
another, then just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Serve one another
in love. Galatians 5:13b
humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one anther in love Ephesians 4:2