2017年10月16日

Realizing your limit is the time of knowing unlimited God

The founder of Richo Company, Kiyoshi Ichimura once said “trying to live- there is a limitation, being allowed to live- it is unlimited.” There is a similarity in the world of the Bible. In other words, when we feel there is a limitation in our lives, we get disappointed and depressed. But God who watches over us, allows us to experience His unlimited power, as we realize there is a limitation within us.

Peter who was one of Christ’s 12 disciples, used to be a fisherman. Later in his life, he became a leader, but until he met Christ, he never had any interest in faith or the Bible. Rather, he was interested in catching fish. How was such a man changed, and became a man who accomplished so much, by just meeting and believing in Christ? Let me tell you what had happened to him.

One night, he fished all night long, yet caught nothing. May be the same thing had happened to him before. While he was fishing, Christ was preaching to a mass, teaching valuable lesson. Peter was not interested in His teaching, and mending his fish nets with great disappointment. Christ walked to him after His teaching, and told him to “put out the boat into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch”. Peter was annoyed. “No way, a professional fisherman like I am that fished all night, but couldn’t catch anything. A son of a carpenter like you, what do you know?” That was his thought. He might also want to embarrass Him. “OK, as you say. Let me throw the nets to see what would happen.” That was how he thought. As he tried, he found the largest catch of his life. Another boat came to help, but the catch was so large that both boats almost sank. Then, Peter realized that how small, how poor, and how helpless he was, at the same time, he realized the unlimited power of Christ.

Now, you may be experiencing failure and disappointment. You may be trying with every knowledge and experiences you have had, yet you may be realizing that your efforts have limitation. If so, it is not the time of the ending, but it is a chance for you to experience the unlimited power of God. I urge you to seek for Him.

Pastor, Masao Nakanishi
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2017年10月04日

In any circumstances

I got cold the other day. My throat hurt, and I had a stuffy nose and a headache. But, one day, I noticed I got recovered when I was driving a car. Though I wasn’t aware of it for a while, I felt happy that I was cured. When we are fine, it seems natural, and we care nothing about it. But when we get ill, we find it thankful to be able to stay healthy.

When we think about this, we live under a blessed circumstance each other. However, we work busily so we forget and miss it. Sometimes we compare with others and complain that someone is more blessed. When we are sick, we pray eagerly. But when we are healed, we easily forget to give thanks and behave as if nothing had happened.

Let me introduce Job. The Bible shows he believed in God and was a righteous man. But he experienced the worst sufferings in history. Though he was rich, he lost all of his children and his wealth in one day! If I were he, I’d surely get upset and vent my spleen on others. Did he behave like me? No, he didn’t. Instead of complaining to God, he said the following. ”Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)

The reason he didn’t get depressed when he faced such a tragedy was because he knew the following truths. “Man was born with nothing. It isn’t natural to think we have a family and property by nature. All what I had was things I had been given. I was just in charge of them temporarily.”

It’s also true for us. All what we had was not things we got by our own strength. Everything we had was things God had given us! Even the income we thought we earned by ourselves was one we gained because God had given us a job and good health!

If we think so, we can be thankful for just staying healthy. Yes, it isn’t a matter of course. There are lots of things we can thank for. We have a family and friends. We can go to school or work. We can enjoy meals and are protected from dangerous accidents.

When our perspective is changed, we feel satisfied. We can rejoice in any circumstances. Stop crying for the moon and give thanks to God for what He has given us.

Youth Pastor Kenshiro Goto
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2017年10月02日

186回2017年10月のメッセージ「人の限界は神の無限の時」音声で聴く。

リコーの創業者、市村清さんは「生きるは有限、生かされるは無限」と言われたようですが、聖書の世界も又似たところがあります。つまり人生の様々な限界を感じるとき私たちは失望落胆するのですが、その背後に神がおられて、今まで自分の力で生きてきた限界ある人生から、神の無限の力を体験することができる世界があるということなのです。

キリストの12弟子にペテロという漁師が出てきます。後にリーダーになるのですが、キリストに会うまでの彼は、信仰とか聖書とかには一向に心動かされず、信仰よりも魚一匹という生き方をしていました。そんな彼がどうしてキリストを救い主と信じて大きな働きをする人に変えられたかというと、これからお話しする出来事があったのです。

ある日徹夜の漁をしたにもかかわらず一匹の魚も捕れませんでした。以前にもそんな日があったと思われますが、その日はキリストがそば近くで大勢の人に素晴らしい説教をしておられたのに、聞かずに昨夜来の不漁の網を虚しく繕っていたほど失意にあったのです。そんな彼にお話を終えられたキリストは「もう一度舟をこぎ出してあそこに網を打ってご覧なさい。」と言われたのです。ペテロはムッとなったのです。「フン、根っからの漁師の俺様が徹夜で働いて魚一匹獲れなかったのに、大工の倅のアンタに何が解る!」そんな思いだったのです。キリストに赤っ恥をかかせたいと思ったのかも知れませんが「ま、いいでしょう。お言葉に従って網を下ろしてみましょうよ」そうして網を打ったところ、何と、今まで経験したことのない大漁!二艘の船が沈みそうなくらいの大漁だったのです。ペテロは自分の小ささ、貧しさ、無力をイヤという程知らされ、しかもキリストの無限の力を体験したのです。

あなたは今、人生の挫折を体験し、自分の知恵、経験を総動員して事に当たったにもかかわらず、自分の限界を知らされておられますか?もしそうなら、その時が「万事休す」ではなく、神様の無限の力の体験の機会であると知ってお求め下さい。心からお勧めいたします。     牧師 中 西 正 夫
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