“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.18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.19 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.” 1Timothy 6:17-19
I often feel that rich in our society get a bad deal when it comes to Christian circles. Sure they have more money to use, but chances are they have had to make big sacrifices to get it and probably serve a really vital part of our society prosperity, advancement and sustainability.
I make no secret of the fact that earlier on in my christian walk I really struggled with affluent christian. I believed that they just hoarded their wealth and were the epitome of greed and the opposite of generosity, but if I were to reevaluate my position now I would see that some of the richest Christians I know are the richest spiritually and in generosity as well.
I believe that for me wealth would be a burden, we all know that the larger your pay check, the larger the expenses become. I also believe that God has a big hand in shaping who becomes wealthy, its the ‘faithful with little, who become faithful with much’.
We often judge out of our own greed, our own desire to have, but if we were to just step off for a second we would realise that we are all in fact rich, no matter how we are struggling financially we have far more than most of the world just by having clean water, a roof, our own bedroom, cars, warm, space, freedom, a computer to even read this blog. We are all rich no matter how much we earn.
God calls us all to be faithful with what we have, and for us in the Western World, there is a lot we need to be faithful with before we start worrying about what others are doing.