Remember that song from the 80’s? Quite annoying. Anyhoo, it’s tax filing season, and it’s always interesting to see what you made, what Uncle Sam took, and what he’s willing to give you back. So when you see those numbers, be sure to count your blessings that you’re rich.
Nope, I’m not talking about being spiritually rich; I’m talking about being wealthy. Do you consider yourself a wealthy person? Check out the website Global Rich List. It’s a site that allows you to input your income to see where you fall versus the rest of the world, and it does a good job of shedding some perspective on how we take our wealth for granted. As an example, someone that makes $25k annually is wealthier than nearly 90% of others in the world. The reality is, if you are able to read this post on a computer, either at work or because the income you made at work allowed you to buy your own, then you are part of one of the wealthiest generations and classes of people in history.
The Bible doesn’t condemn being rich, although it does give a sobering look at how spiritually challenging it can be to be rich (Luke 16). It’s a lot easier for God to keep the attention of those that rely on Him daily to meet their basic needs, while we tend to pray over dinner instead of for it. One of my all-time favorite verses related to this is found in first Timothy. In this letter from the Apostle Paul to his protege Timothy, who had taken over the leadership of the church at Ephesus, Paul instructs Timothy as to what he should tell the materially wealthy Christ followers there. He says,
Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. But their trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may take hold of real life.” (1Tim 6:17-19 NLT)
This verse has enough good stuff in it for a month-long sermon series, but since we’re here to talk about work stuff, I’ll get to the gist. Let’s not let ourselves get caught up in the salary comparison game or take for granted what we make. The Lord gives us what we need to live through our jobs, and that allows us to provide for our loved ones and help those in need during our brief time on Earth. We are truly blessed.
And now for your listening pleasure, here is “I Wanna Be Rich” by the band Calloway. Ah, the Eighties…