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Friday, September 2, 2016

Think About It

Are You Rich?
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Are you rich? Probably most would answer that they were not, but is that true? By the world’s standards, we are rich. In fact most of us are in the top 4% of the richest people in the world. So if we’re so rich, why don’t we feel rich?

I read something recently that said when we have our needs met, we start to focus on our wants. So as we have less and less difficulty meeting our needs, our wants continue to grow to the point that they take over. Why? Simply because with our needs met, we now have the luxury of looking only at our wants. Perhaps our need is a cell phone and a simple dumb phone works well. Have you noticed that many with a simple generic cell phone are quickly dissatisfied and have their eyes on a smartphone? What we need is a cellphone, but what we want is one with all the bells and whistles.

I’ve been looking at this subject and have come to realize that I, and probably you too, are rich. In fact, not only are we rich, the people that we judge as being poor, they’re rich too. Think about this; we trade in a perfectly good car for another one. We update the interior of our house because it’s outdated. We have yard sales to get rid of our excess stuff. We don’t just have watches, we have smart watches that count our steps, track our exercise, let us see our text messages and even answer our phone. Do we have these high tech gadgets because we need them? I think not.

Think about this for a moment. Most people in the world work so that they can live. The money they make buys food and shelter. In our culture we take surplus money and buy lottery tickets. A tattoo artiest recently told me that they make a living on people’s surplus money.

So what’s the point? The point is that perhaps we have been given riches not for ourselves but for others. Perhaps, just perhaps, there is someone in our circle that could really use a blessing and God has put us in their life to be that blessings. Think about it.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Sometimes these editorials turn on a 60 watt light in my head and other times they hit the floodlights. Most are very inspirational to say the least. Thank You.

Anonymous said...

Excellent post.

It should be mentioned that people today are less happy than ever, even though we have all the modern conveniences of running water, dishwashers, central air, automobiles, cellphones, TV, and the internet.

Perhaps there was more to Yeheshua suggesting we throw away our worldly possessions than we realize.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+10%3A17-31&version=NLT

Anonymous said...

Some very interesting points but what about people who have hidden disability's and are kicked around like trash maybe having something nicer than what they can actually afford is in fact the only comfort they have in this messed up world... I say this because in 3,2,1 the judgemental people will give there two sense and you will learn another hard lesson.. Isn't life grand!!