“Because we don’t usually have to depend on God for food, money to buy our next meal, or shelter, we don’t feel needy. In fact, we generally think of ourselves as fairly independent and capable. Even if we aren’t rich, we are “doing just fine.”
If 100 people represented the world’s population, 53% of those people would live on less than $2 a day. Do you realize that if you make $4000 a month, you automatically make one hundred times more than the average person on this planet? Simply by purchasing a book, you spend what a majority of people in the world will make in a week’s time.”
Here’s the part that punched me in the throat…
“Which is more messed up — that we have so much compared to everyone else, or that we don’t think we’re rich? On any given day we might flippantly call ourselves “broke” or “poor”? We are neither of those things. We are rich. Filthy rich.”
The above quote is from the book I’ve been reading called “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. Maybe it’s because I’m headed to Honduras in a week and a half, where human poverity is evident daily, or maybe it’s just God working on me, BUT those words really stung when I read them.
Here’s what God has to say about this:
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:17-19