Saturday, 30 October 2021

Title: Let Not Materialism Be a Bondage
By: Richard YW Yeoh

Luke 12:15
He told the people, ”Be careful to guard yourselves from every kind of greed. Life is not about having a lot of material possessions”

Modern society is steeped in materialism. The 1950s post World War 2 economic boom resulted in the consumerism culture – first evident in the US, and then embraced by the whole world, made worse by the explosion of cheap manufactured goods from China since the 1980s. Unbridled materialism comes at a great cost to the health of the planet with serious long term consequences to mankind.

When the need for material possessions becomes an obsession, Christians should be on guard as it borders on idolatry, which can lead us away from godliness and can obstruct our spiritual growth.

We must not value wealth and material possessions excessively beyond a certain point; we must learn to share what we have with those in our community.

Marie Kondo, a Japanese woman, is a global sensation who teaches people how to declutter their material possessions and simplify their lives. Despite not speaking much English, she is considered a guru in the field in the US. She teaches people not to cling on to material things that do not bring them joy anymore. I would take it a step further, and say that we should pass on these things to others who can find joy in owning them. Too much concern for material possessions are obstacles to our own spiritual growth. It would be wise to declutter and simplify our lives so that we may grow spiritually in the ways of God, and not have our creativity and energies sapped away by the things of the world which holds no eternal value but instead to invest our time and energies on reaching out to people around us who are yet to know Christ.

I often reflect on how little we really need in terms of physical possessions as evidenced when we are traveling and all we need is in a suit case. And at the end of the day, we sleep in a hotel room bed. And yet we are none worst for that. In the same way, a decluttered life will free our energies and attention to focus more on eternal values and not on the things of the world.

Prayer:
(Psalm 119:36-37)
O Lord, Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Amen.

班底浸信教會
每日靈糧
2021 年 10 月 30 日星期六
標題:別讓唯物主義所束縛
作者:楊勇偉弟兄
翻譯 : 王靖端姐妹

路加福音 12:15
衪於是對眾人說:『你們要謹慎自守,免去一切的貪心;因為人的生命,不在乎家道豐富。』

現代社會充斥著唯物主義。從二戰後的 1950 年代開始,經濟繁榮催生了消費主義文化——首先出現在美國,並為全世界所追隨釆納;自 1980 年代迄今,中國廉價製成品的爆炸式增長使情況變得更糟。肆無忌憚的物質主義讓地球的健康付出了巨大的代價,對人類造成了嚴重的長期後遺症。

當痴迷於物質財富時,基督徒务要警醒,因為它接近偶像崇拜,這會導致我們遠離敬虔度日並阻礙我們的靈性的成長。

我們不能過分重視錢財和物質財富;我們必須學會與社區中的人分享我們所擁有的。

日本女性近藤麻理惠(Marie Kondo)在全球引起轟動,她教人們如何整理物質財富並簡化生活。儘管不會說太多英語,但她在美國被認為是該領域的大師。她教導人們不要再執著於不再能給他們帶來快樂的物質事物。我會更進一步闡明,我們應該將這些東西贈送給能找到樂趣的新主人。過分關注物質財富會阻礙我們自己靈性的增長。明智的做法是整理和簡化我們的生活,以便我們可以按照上帝的方式在靈性上成長,不讓沒有永恆價值的世界事物消耗掉我們的創造力和精力,而是投入我們的時間和精力向我們周圍尚未認識基督的人伸出援手。

我經常反思我們真正需要的物質財富是多麼少,在旅行時我們需要的只是一個行李箱是個佐証。一天結束時,我們睡在酒店房間的床上。然而,我们并没有因此而变得更糟。同樣的,規整簡化過的生活將釋放我們的精力和注意力,讓我們能更多地專注於永恆的價值,而不是世界上的事物。

禱告:(詩篇 119:36-37)
主啊, 求你使我的心趨向你的法度,不趨向非義之財。 求你叫我轉眼不看虛假,又叫我在你的道中生活。阿們。