Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Poor CANNOT Help The Poor

News report from (13/12/2008):
Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box project falls short of target by about 60%
The Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box began its delivery of presents on Saturday to more than 18,000 beneficiaries.

Delivery was done in style this year with a convoy of 28 Rav4 cars led by four Harley Davidson motorbikes.

Fifteen youths from Beyond Social Services, a charity organisation, also joined in the delivery of food hampers to needy families.

The youths are hamper recipients themselves and wanted to pay it forward in spreading the Christmas cheer.

But this year, there may not be enough food to deliver.

At this time last year, 60 per cent of what was needed was already collected from the public.

This time round, only half that amount has been collected and the project is just six days away from closing.

Churches like the New Creation Church are responding to this call.

The church is holding a one-day collection for its 18,000 members to donate daily essentials to the Gift Box on Sunday at Suntec City.

Yesterday morning, I went bright and early (to avoid the weekend crowd) to the NTUC Fairprice supermarket near my home and happily bought some instant noodles, cereal and biscuits in preparation for our church's charity drive today.

This morning, I brought the groceries to the counter set up outside the overflow room at the Suntec Convention Centre and I am happy to report that there were already many shopping bags collected when I got there.

It is a joyful experience to be able to render help to the needy. The poor cannot help the poor. I don't understand why some Christians are so opposed to our church preaching about prosperity. They think that we are being worldly.

However, Jesus himself said in Matthew 6:31-33 that our heavenly Father knows that we need all these things (food and clothing), and all these things will be added to you when you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. This is what NCC has been teaching us all this while, seeking God's righteousness and prospering the bible way.

We are taught it is God who gives us the power to create wealth (Deut 8:18). We are taught that we are blessed to be a blessing. We are taught that wealth flows through (not into) us. Anything wrong with that kind of teaching?

There's still 6 more days before the Sharity Gift Box closes. Be a blessing, it's still not too late!


Anonymous said...

Just wanna to add on that we can also order from NTUC online for this charity drive. There are 3 types of hampers available- $20, $30 and $50 types.

We are indeed blessed to be a blessing! ;)


Judith Chng said...

It's precisely with all the preaching about wealth that outsiders think that megachurches are all about prosperity gospel. How about being rich in spirit? I'm not saying it is wrong to have wealth, but the focus of the gospel is on Christ and Christ alone, not fitting Him to our needs. Living in poverty and simplicity can be beautiful too. You don't have to be rich in order to glorify Him.

Stanley Wong said...

Hi Judith,
Being rich in material and rich in spirit need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, we give generously because we are rich in material AND rich in spirit.

Stephanie said...

All over the bible Lord promised of blessing. Even in Malachi He said test Him and see if the floodgate of Heaven opens to bless.

Even Jesus went around blessing
1)his parents with gold when He used Mary body to come to earth
2)bless the married couple with top quality wine for He was invited
3)Peter got loads of net breaking, boat sinking fishes

All these are prosperity. And it's those that have Jesus with them prosper.

So, if one is so full of Jesus but did not prosper, that did not telly with the bible!

Andrelex said...

Mt 5:3 Blessed are the poor(not rich) in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Poverty is never described of as beautiful in the bible(Word of God).
It is the "faith in the Lord" inspite of poverty that pleases the Lord.
1 Tim 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain

Stephanie said...

According to the Amplified bible

Matthew 5:3
'Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritual prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favour and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'

Basically, this poor in spirit is not monetary poor, but to throw away self, to view self as nothing and to see the fullness of Lord in you. To view all that is done through you are the Lord and not you. All Glory goes to Him and not you. See yourself as not capable and only He is capable!!!

1 Timothy 6:6 '[And it is, indeed, a source of immerse profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment(that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant.'

This means if you look to your own wealth and so happy with it, means you looking to self and not to Lord. So it is pride in operation.

Lord wants us to look to Him and not to self, looking to self means you are admiring what you could do or cannot do. A sense of pride that Lord Jesus don't want us to dwell in. Lord don't want us to love money, but He did not say we could not have money!

Abraham was greatly blessed by Lord and he looked to Lord and not to self.

The one who looked to self a lot is Job. He was so conscious of what he have or how righteous he is and how unrighteous his kids were. It's a sense of Pride. It's only at the end of the book of Job that his ears hear the Lord and his eyes see the Lord. When he looked to Lord, Lord restored him double.

So, it's about casting away self confident and look to Jesus. Do not bother what you have or what you could do, they are dung in the eyes of Lord!

So, it's not about monetary poor!