Planning for Prosperity
In the Bible, Peter spoke of
things that will insure a
Christian will be spiritually
prosperous. Like the
Chinese New Year, a little
house cleaning and what
we nourish ourselves with
The next few days in Singapore will be the beginning of the Chinese
For several days before the eve of Chinese New Year, Chinese
housewives clean and redecorate their homes and shop for waxed
duck, Chinese Sausages, mandarin oranges and traditional cakes.
They will not sweep during the first few days of the new year
because they might sweep out the
good luck. Each food eaten has
special significance for luck. Red
paper scrolls bearing good luck
verses in Chinese are posted all
over the house.
It is believed that the first few days of the New Year will effect the
rest of the year. So everything is done to insure a prosperous
future. What you do and how you act during the period is crucial
in determining how the rest of your year will go. So, eating the
right foods, such as black moss seaweed, which is a homonym for
exceeding in wealth, and dried bean curd, which is another
homonym for fulfillment of wealth and happiness, is a must.
Officially the holiday lasts for three days, but Singaporeans often
take the entire week off from work to celebrate, visiting relatives
and friends. Everything has to be just right to set the stage for an
auspicious New Year.
A Chinese New Year's Eve feast doubles as a family reunion,
bringing people from all corners of the world back home.
Meals are decadent with a spread
of symbolically lucky foods
Hong bao, or red envelopes
stuffed with money, are passed
out to the younger folk as an
auspicious start for a prosperous
In the Bible, Peter also spoke of things that will insure a Christian
will be spiritually prosperous. Like the Chinese New Year, a little
house cleaning and what we nourish ourselves with become
1 Peter 2:1-17
Peter call us all to a life of holiness (cleaning up our spiritual house)
and love in 1 Peter 1:13-25. Verse 23
mentions being born again or
born anew. "New borns" must
grow into maturity. Much of a
parent's responsibility lies in
nurturing and creating an
environment for this growth
Peter begins by assuming that his readers are like newborn babies.
Most newborns are passive about everything but getting their
nourishment. They enthusiastically go after milk. Peter relates this
enthusiasm for nourishment to a new Christian's desire for spiritual
nourishment that will lead to growth in Christ.
That nourishment is pure, spiritual milk. The word milk is part of the
figure of speech that goes with
newborns. The word pure is
genuine - not thinned down
milk and refers to the Word of God.
Since you have already tasted and discovered that the Lord is
good, the command to long for more spiritual nourishment
should be an easy command to obey. The fact that Peter talked
about desiring the word in verse 2 and tasting the Lord in verse
3 reminds us that this growth is in our relationship with Christ.
I wonder how many of us are as enthusiastic about the pursuit
of God as the Chinese are about the pursuit of good luck. Our
reward is not prosperity for a year, but life eternal. Are we
willing to do a little personal house cleaning to insure a life of
holiness? Do we have that hunger for the word like new born
babies craving milk?
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