Wednesday, January 21, 2009

You're Richer Than You Think

Sometimes when we talk about being rich we have tunnel vision and only compare ourselves to our neighbours. What if we compared ourselves globally like Paul would encourage us to do?

8I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

10And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

13Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, 15as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little."
2 Corinthians 8:8-15

Who were the people that the Corinthians were supposed to help? Christians in Jerusalem. People they had never met and would likely never meet. So when I talk about comparing ourselves globally, I am simply echoing Paul's thoughts. It took much longer, likely months to travel from Corinth to Jerusalem. Today, the entire world is less than 24 hours away and yet we don't do well when considering the vast economic disparities in God's global village.

If you make $20,000 you are in the top 11.6% richest people.
If you make $30,000 you are in the top 8.98% richest people.
If you make $40,000 you are in the top 4.37% richest people.
If you make $50,000 you are in the top 1.78% richest people.
If you make $60,000 you are in the top .95% richest people.

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