According to a Gallup Poll, about 98% of Americans reply NO when asked! There are several reasons why this negative response is given:
¨ Most assume the question relates to finances.
¨ Most think of someone “much richer” than they are.
¨ Most have not attained the wealth they desire—they are
not as “rich” as they want.
Richard Sterns provides some
sobering statistics (The Hole in Our Gospel, pp 1212-122,
Thomas Nelson, 2009).
¨ The average income in America is $38,611 a year, or
$105 a day.
Compare that to the world in which we live:
¨ 2.6 billion people (40% of the world’s population)
live on less than $2 a day.
¨ 1 billion people (15% of the world’s population) live
on less than $1 a day.
¨ 0.3 billion people (4.5% of the world’s population)
live on $105 a day (that is us).
By going to the website
www.globalrichlist.com and typing in your income, in a
matter of seconds you can see where you fit on the “global
Whether we admit it or not, or are
satisfied with where we are or not, from a global
perspective most of us are rich. Very rich! So what
difference does this make? Paul gave Timothy some very
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be
haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living
God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do
good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give,
willing to share, storing up for themselves a good
foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on
eternal life (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
So many want to tell us how to get
rich. Very few provide advice once one is rich. The Holy
Spirit has provided that counsel in 1 Timothy 6. It is
practical, pertinent, and inspired! May we all read and
learn! May we all be ready to give and willing to share.
the weekly bulletin for the Calvert City church of Christ,
Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle preaches for the
congregation. He may be contacted through the
congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com