If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish some place, you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
I can’t personally testify to the accuracy of these statistics, but I know that there are a lot of sources that will verify data very similar to this. The point is this: in comparison to a lot of the world, you and I are incredibly wealthy (even when it seems like in comparison to the world around us, we’re dirt poor). Wealth is relative. And there is nothing wrong with being wealthy. It’s the love of money that is the problem (1 Timothy 6:10).
Based on these statistics though, if you came to Jesus today, and asked him what you should do to have eternal life, then His answer may be the same as for that rich young man:
At least that’s what God has been teaching me lately: that all my things and all the stuff I have accumulated is distracting me from God. I buy and collect. My closet overflows with clothes that I rarely wear. Food goes bad in my fridge way too often. There are books on my shelves that I bought and never read. Yet, I still want more and more.
So I’ve made it one of my goals this year to simplify my life and purge it of the clutter. To clean out my closets and bookshelves. To do the contentment challenge. To spend less money on myself and to give more to those truly in need. When it comes time for me to move in a few months, I pray that God gives me the strength and wisdom to think small when it comes to apartments and moving all my stuff.
Because I want more time and focus on Jesus, not all the things of this World. I don’t want to measure my worth based on my wealth, the size of my house or car, or the amount of stuff I own. And if something happens tomorrow that will cause me to lose everything I own, I pray that it won’t completely destroy me and my faith.