Below, I’ll share the tool for finding out where you rank. Read on…
I don’t know if you knew this, but the Bible only mentions one topic more times than money, and that topic is love. The Bible talks more about money and wealth than it talks about heaven and hell combined. Can we safely say that our handling of wealth is a priority issue for God? Our stewardship says a tremendous lot about the condition of our hearts. If you’re not convinced, check out the following passages of Scripture:
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘
But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:15-21)
No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. (Luke 16:13)
I thought this post might be appropriate, given the hard economic times right now. Some of you may already be feeling like you’re on a fast track to the poor house. I have always found it very powerful how the Macedonian believers reacted when money was tight. The Bible says that their “extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity“. They gave “as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability”. (2 Cor. 8:2,3; emphases mine) God makes it clear in Scripture that our stewardship is not tied to how many resources we have available. In other words, we don’t have license to be selfish when we don’t have a lot and only have to honor God with our resources when we have an abundance. Our stewardship is always revealing the state of our hearts.
So in comparison with everyone else, are you and I actually headed for the poor house? If you want to know the answer, open the Global Rich List real quick (opens in a new window). Enter your annual gross income, be sure to select the correct currency, and then click ‘Show me the money!’. The website will show you where you rank in relation to the rest of the world. The first time I did this, I was astounded to learn that my income at a couple of different summer jobs around 18 or 19 years old, as well as my current missionary support, put me in the top 10% of the world’s richest people.
I’ve heard the average college graduate in the U.S. makes $48,000 a year once they graduate. College students, plug this number in if you want to see where you’ll probably rank once you’re out of school.
The following statement by Jesus should probably cause us to pause and reflect a little bit:
I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:23,24)
Convicting? Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.