|作者簡介 鮑勃和黛比·蓋斯 Bob and Debby Gass 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師出生於北愛爾蘭貝爾法斯特，十八歲移居美國。 在他服事主超過四十多年後，於1992年開始著手寫The Word For You Today“得力的一天”。 他的靈修文章善於激勵與啟迪人心，更幫助許多讀者每日倚靠主、與主同行。 The Word For You Today“得力的一天”，最初在美國發行， 後來經由英國UCB電台的推廣，目前除了英國、澳洲，在全世界各地有不同的語言版本， 每季發行超過三百五十萬冊。 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師希望藉由每日的靈修小品， 使讀者得著神的啟示與靈感，更深切的渴慕神的話。|
DIPPERS AND DWELLERS
“Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you.”
There's an art to making good tea. You can dip your teabag up and down in the hot water and then pull it out. Or you can let it dwell there so that you can experience the tea's full strength and flavor. Jesus said: “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. How- ever, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing” (vv. 4-5 AMPC). The secret of victorious Christian living is not “dipping” in God's presence once a week in church, but “dwelling” in it every day. That's why this devotional is a helpful tool for your spiritual growth; it causes you to get into God's Word each day, meditate on it, and ask, “Lord, what are You saying to me?” When you're a dipper, you've got to “make things hap- pen” by your own effort. You've got to move the bag up and down, wrap the string around the spoon, then pull, etc. That's a lot of effort—and that's not how God wants you to live the Christian life. No, He wants you to be a “dweller.” It's the depth and duration of your dwelling that determines the strength and richness of your spiritual life. So the word for
you today is: Don't be a dipper, be a dweller.
Jn 15:4 AMPC
John 15:4 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.