How Rich Am I

 

Read: Nehemiah 9:22-10:39, 1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13, Psalm 34:1-10, Proverbs 21:13

Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.
(Proverbs 21:13)

Relate: Instead of giving my normal story, analogy, or illustration here I would encourage you to meander over to the Global Rich List and check it out. Took me about 15 seconds tops to discover my place.

React: I don’t consider myself a very rich person. Not by any stretch. The problem is, almost nobody does. Those making 35,000 USD a year (about double me) wish they made 50. Those making 50 wish they made 100 and so on and so forth. Apparently, I am richer than I thought. I make more than 95% of the world. I have clean water, food enough to eat and then some, and a roof over my head with reliable electricity. I’m doing better than hundreds of millions of people worldwide. But do I even hear their cry?

Respond:

God, I thank You for the many, many ways in which I have been blessed. When I try to look around at those near me it is so easy to overlook how much I actually have. I have been blessed for a reason. Help me to be a blessing. Help me to have ears to hear the cries of the poor. Help me to have a creative and disciplined mind to know when and how to effectively give to those in need that cross my path. Help my walk be intentional toward those that need. Help me to be You to my world.

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28 thoughts on “How Rich Am I

  1. Wow! What an eye opener. . . I too am so blessed with so little compared to the rest of the world. Thank you Lord Jesus for supplying me my daily needs! ~ Blessings and abundant grace to you BJ ~

  2. Reblogged this on Andy Kaufman's Kavalkade Krew and commented:
    This is an absolutely wonderful blog.
    And we at Andy Kaufman’s Kavalkade Krew are started by the absolutely stark contrast between this Christian blogger at WordPress.com, and EdwardA a City Data Member who professes to be a Catholic.

    EdwardA professes to be a Catholic.

  3. Count your blessings name them one by one
    Count your many blessings see what God has done

    I’ve been unemployed for the longest time, but I just keep counting my blessings. I wanted to test my faith, so I walked into a couple high end stores just to look around. I got treated with special service you wouldn’t believe like they think I make six figures. The power of faith.

  4. i was on the verge of homelessness, i’m always at the edge, but i did alot for friends etc even when it wasn’t feasible, i went the extra yard, when i find myself in times of trouble, you see people a little clearly as they say

  5. Being Thankful also is a must along with gratitude. Take time to reflect on what the Father is saying and quit fighting Him! The other question you have to ask yourself is what would you do with all that money? Yes feed the homeless and poor ~see my blog on this today. We have more then enough! His love is all we need and faith. He will always provide for you!

  6. I am rich beyond belief, and am just making ends meet to pay my bills… Praise the Lord for His grace and His mercy…. He promises to provide for my needs, and He does !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

  7. Compared to the rest of the world, most of us who live in the United States are very rich. This being said, “to whom much is given, much is required”. Our greatest example is Jesus, who was rich, but for our sake, became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9).
    Thanks for a great post!
    navigatingalzheimers.com

  8. It took less than 10 minutes on Nicaraguan soil to learn that I am filthy rich in “stuff.” It took about 10 minutes in their church to discover that I am a pauper spiritually. 😦

    \o/

  9. Thanks for the 2013 reminder BJ, good to see you again and you’re absolutely right, we are indeed blessed and even more so when we give. Grace and blessings!

  10. 1 USD can buy you a lot over seas. It won’t buy you a name brand, but it will buy you a good amount of clothing.

    I’m just going to be honest. Christians do not know how blessed they are. They say it, but they don’t mean it. Unfortunately, they are so blessed, that a lot of people are under earning, and they just refer to this fact. When the fact remains, America sells all name brand clothing. A piece of fabric woven together in China cost about .10 cents. It’s as good of quality as what I’m wearing now.

    In India—yes, people are poor. But they are coming out of that poverty. A lot of them are lifting out of poverty, and same with China and the bulk of the Second World economies.

    What we’re witnessing today, is Christians turning a blind eye to the fact that we all could be poor, their kids, their kids, their kids. They use religion deceptively to pull the wool over people’s eyes, and placate them.

    In my experience, Christ is about feeding the poor, and He’s about work and enjoying one another. Our society is collapsing from moral erosion and the the worshiping of a Market Economy instead of a fair economy. Christians don’t question the market, because most of us in this country are white, and have been established in the top income earners for the past 200 years.

    So, what i’m trying to say is simply this: The markets cannot sustain the current economy simply because production is too radical a factor to conceivably keep people working. You’ll end up with poverty, and an aristocracy governing them. And Christians say, “Oh, well Christ… just think of Christ…” I do. I think Christ knows and has said this is a problem in Isaiah and other prophets. The Christians—not me, or you—would rather turn a blind eye, and let corruption seep in because that’s what they believe. They are comfortable. But, once that goes away, history has proven it’s a radical process, that ends in bloodshed and war. So, generally speaking, I concern myself with economics because I don’t believe in war, and I believe that when Isaiah said, “They join field unto field,” he had this current despotism in mind. Which Israel was to thwart it by returning to Christ, which to return to Christ was to obey the sabbath. The Sabbath was made for man. Not man for the Sabbath. That means people need to allow rest, AND fair economics. The sabbath is about forgiving debts, it’s about fair wages. The Sabbath isn’t only about resting one day a week. It’s about fair economics, which if you read the Sabbath laws, that’s the entirety of it, is fair economic practice, and the forgiving of financial debts, and a just and fair balance in trade. But Christians ignore that because they are content with their idols of Game of Thrones and American Idol. That’s all we do as a society, is work and watch TV.

  11. There is no excuse in this day and age. Every person in a developed country has television and internet. No one could be ignorant of the suffering that goes on every day in our world. Two clicks with your mouse and you can see war-orphaned children shipped off to strange lands. Total strangers who are often unwelcome.
    How would you feel if it was your child, niece or nephew, your cousin?
    Another click and you can see a hundred children starving to death every day (this is NOT an exaggeration) in the refugee camps of Syria.
    How would you feel if these were your children?
    The correct answer is “They ARE my children.”.
    For so as we do to these, the least of our brethren…

    Two more clicks and you can send some of your riches out to the world. It’s quick and painless.

    I know I am rich, yet I cry myself to sleep in my counting room.
    For all I have is this wretched gold, which they cannot eat.

    http://www.unicef.org
    http://www.mercyships.org
    http://www.lutheranworldrelief.org

    Seek peace,

    Paz

    • I live just a few dozen miles north of Aleppo. I know people who work in Syrian refugee camps. I consider the former head of the UNHCR (recently retired) in this area a good friend. For a year I taught in a school where every student was a Syrian refugee. I know what goes on in those camps. So while hundreds of children starving in them is an exaggeration, it is a slighter one than most would think.

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