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God has a better offer

God has a better offer

When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.

Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.

God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. "Spit out the dirt, honey," our Father urges. "I've got something better for you." And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don't enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. "I can eat dirt if I want to!" we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.

上帝要把更好的東西給我們

當我的女兒還是個幼兒時,我經常帶她到離家不遠的一個公園去玩。有一天,她在沙箱裡玩耍時,有一個賣冰淇淋的銷售員來向我兜售冰淇淋。我買了一個好吃的要給女兒,但是當我轉身時,卻發現她的嘴裡都是沙。當我買了好東西要給她時,她卻把沙放進嘴裡了!

當她把沙放進嘴裡時,我還愛她嗎?當然。有沙和沒有沙在嘴裡的女兒,對我來講都一樣是我的女兒,沒有任何不同。但是我會讓她繼續把沙留在嘴裡嗎?那當然不行。不管她怎樣,我都愛她;但我可不能讓她繼續留在那裡。我把她抱到有淨水的地方,幫她把嘴洗乾淨。為什麼要這樣做?因為我愛她。

上帝也是如此待我們。祂把我們帶到乾淨的活水旁,叫我們:“乖,把沙吐出來!”祂說:“因為我已經為你準備了更好吃的。”然後祂潔淨我們的污穢:放蕩、不誠實、偏見、苦毒、貪心。我們不喜歡被潔淨,有時還把沙放到冰淇淋上面:“我想要吃沙就要吃沙!”大放噘詞。當然,你想要吃什麼都行,但假如我們順性而為,那便是我們的損失。因為上帝總是預備了更好的要給我們。

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