Why You’re Already Wealthy and Always Will Be

Have you ever thought what it would be like to be one of those “wealthy people?”  Well, what if I told you, you already are, and ever since you accepted Christ as your savior you always have been?  I know with the economy like it is or has been in the past, we often look at our lives similarly and base our wealth on what possessions we have or how much money is in the bank.  But what if we looked at life a different way?  What if we asked God to give us His eyes on how He views our lives and His version of wealth?  Let’s take a look at different perspectives and find out just how wealthy we really are.

Our View of Wealth

We view wealth by possessions, by net worth, and by success.  If you drive a nice car, have a big house, have a huge estate, you must be wealthy because you have possessions.  If you have a bank account with lots of zeros, hundred or thousands of stocks, a ginormous portfolio, well you must be wealthy because of your net worth.  If you’re a CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, CMO, you must be wealthy because you are successful. Right?  If you’re living as part of the world, all these things are true.  You want to have great wealth, you have to have one of these 3 things.  Did you know, though, that a lot of people who have the flashy, high priced possessions aren’t even that wealthy in a world’s point of view because they own a lot of debt associated with those toys?  Here are a few facts I pulled off of the Compassion International’s website to show you just how wealthy you really are in the eyes of the world.

  1. 10 percent (the poorest): Have never received medical care, either from lack of access to a doctor or lack of money to pay for one. This 10% is malnourished. They are unable to meet their basic food needs and are hungry most of the time.
  2. 20%: Have inadequate housing. They live in shacks/tents/or no house at all. Live on less than $1 a day.
  3. 30%: No safe source of drinking water. No toilets. No sanitation.
  4. 40%: Live without electricity. No lights, no fridge, no freezer, no microwave, no TV, no electronic appliances or devices.
  5. 50%: Live in developing Third World countries, and survive on approximately $2 a day or less.
  6. 60%: You cannot be in this group if you have a cell phone, or a land line, or in fact if you have ever even made a phone call.
  7. 70%: You do not fit in this category if you have a bank account or savings of any kind.
  8. 80%: You are richer than everyone in this group if you have things in storage – whether that be a garage, an attic, a pantry, a closet. If you have an accumulation of stuff anywhere, you can’t be in this group.
  9. 90%: No one in this group has a car, or a computer. The yearly salary for the top end of this group is about $25 K. (A side note: The poverty threshold set by the US Government for a family of 5 living in the United States is $25,790!)
  10. 100%: Cars are owned by the top 8% in this group. Within this category, only the top 3% of the richest people on earth have access to the internet from their home.

I want those numbers to sink in deep into your heart.  If you have a car, you’re inside the top 10% of the world’s wealthiest people, and if you have internet at home, you’re inside the top 3%.  This doesn’t even include if you have a cell phone with internet on it or any other possessions, but only having internet at home, places you in the top 3% of the world’s wealthiest.  I know you probably have never viewed your wealth as one of the top 3 or even 10%, but in America, that’s probably where you fall if you’re reading this.
Even though I’ve shown you, you more than likely fall in the top 10%, our view can not be the same as the world’s.  In order to be a good steward for God, we have to be able to view wealth the same as He does.

 

God’s View of Wealth

If you know Christ as your savior, you’re one of the wealthiest people in the world. God has given you the ultimate gift and you shouldn’t take that lightly.  God’s view of wealth doesn’t just fall under whether you’re Christian or not, however, it falls under your attitude towards everything He’s given you. Do you have a family? Do you have friends? Do you have the ability to work (at anything) or a natural skill like a musician or a artist? God has blessed you with more than you could ever thank Him for, and yet we take everything for granted.  We don’t view ourselves as wealthy because we’ve been corrupted by the world’s view.  We don’t say thank you for the ability to work or the job He put in our lives because we want so much more.  Our ATTITUDEis what God wants us to use to view our wealth.  He has blessed me and my family (a crazy yet wonderful family I might add) with 2 paid off vehicles.  Did He pay them off? Well if I’m honest about it, yea, He did.  He gave me the ability to work, He put friends in my life that were able to provide the opportunity (thank you for that by the way) at a position in a company, He provided me the knowledge and skills to do said job, and He gave the team in payroll the ability to write me a check.  If He hadn’t given me the ability, I would never have been able to pay for anything, He’s the reason I have anything.
He Has a Plan
He’s the reason I met my wife.  I had friends who took me to another state, it didn’t work out (probably due to God’s blessings), so I was immediately offered a job back in TX (Thank you God for providing me a sister who’s not shy and talks to managers everywhere who decided to call me), and He placed a shift leader at my store who knew my wife.  I couldn’t have made that plan up in a million years, and quite honestly I hated living where I lived, so God gave my wife the little thought to go back to my hometown so I got to come back to a city I actually enjoy living in.  Are you kidding me!? God does some crazy stuff right?!  Thank you God for making me one of the wealthiest people I know because of the blessings you continue to put in my life!
Change your View
God’s view is different, He gives us a life everyday.  We have to accept it and be happy about it because we have to remember He has a plan.  Are we going to question God sometimes? Obviously, we’re humans, we can’t see the future, and we don’t know the plan, but does that mean we have to have a horrible attitude because we lost something?  No, and it’s ok to question God.  Ask Him to show you His plan or give you comfort in your time of heartache.  You’re still wealthy, you are still His, and you are still Saved by the power in the blood of Jesus Christ.

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