Problem of PleasureAs Singaporeans grow in wealth and financial security, there is the inevitable tendency to be pleasure-seeking. With greater affluence, we find increasing satisfaction in luxury goods and lifestyle pursuits like vacations and epicurean delights. This is particularly so during the Christmas period where indulgences in drinking, eating and shopping abound. Our ability to enjoy these pleasures significantly raises our tendency to consume them. Not only do we seek these pleasures, but the sales and marketing efforts of companies entice us. We need to be watchful against identifying ourselves with these pursuits.
Consumerism and materialism in our lifestyle limits our ability to serve God as a priority. The immediate comfort and gratification we seek hinders us from serving God well which requires sacrifice. Remember we cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24). Pleasure for pleasure's sake, especially done in excess, leaves us empty. Proverbs 25:16 says "If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it".
Where then is the balance to be struck when it comes to pleasure? Ravi Zacharias, in a sermon, calls a plea-sure as appropriate if it refreshes you and does not distract nor diminish the godly goals and life that you lead. In this regard then, we as Christians must be very clear of our goals in life. Unless we are devoted to our life goals as Christians, we would not be firm in our deciding and acting against pleasures that detract us from our main purpose in life.
Luke 8:14 warns us not to be "choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life" causing "our fruit not to mature". Remember King Solomon's lesson in Ecclesiastes that everything of this world is "vanity, and a striving after the wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun".
So, brothers and sisters, in this Christmas time, a period that is typically pleasure-seeking, remember our life goal as believers. We look "not to things that are seen but to things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Elder Boon Peng
As we look towards the end of the year, Christmas is around the corner!
Our church's Mandarin Worship Service is having a special gathering to celebrate it.
Everyone is cordially invited to join us this Christmas Eve for a memorable evening!
日期： 2014年12月24日 (星期三）
Christmas 2014Christmas Eve Service (English)
24 Dec 2014
Speaker: Dr Louis Sutton
Christmas Eve Service (Mandarin)
24 Dec 2014
Speaker: Dr Clement Chia
Christmas with Friends
20 Dec 2014
Yew Tee Community Club
(Tickets are available after service on Sundays)