Joshua 15:1-63 Luke 18:18-43 Psalm 86:1-17 Proverbs 13:9-10
Verse of the day:
How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God! (Luke 18:24-25)
We own two cars. I drive a 2007 Kia Sportage. Mandy drives a 2010 Nissan Quest (a glorious improvement from the Ford Aerostar that imprisoned my childhood.) Two cars is wonderfully convenient. When I work late at church, Mandy can take the kids home. When one car needs repair, the second car allows us to maintain our schedule. If you can afford two vehicles, I’d highly recommend it. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy reported that the average American household owns 1.87 vehicles (I believe that comes down to one car and one Prius.)
Earlier this year, Huffington Post broke down the wealthiest 1% by state. The top 1% in Wisconsin earns over $320,000 annually. Whew! That was close. (Not THAT close.) I would hate to think of myself as the 1%. I would hate to think of myself as privileged. I would hate to think of myself as the type of person who would struggle to enter the Kingdom of God because of the artificial warmth of earthly possessions.
Let’s now compare our American lifestyle to the world . . . In 2012, only 8% of the world population owned a car—any car (even a Prius). Forbes magazine published an article in 2013 explaining that the bottom 10% of Americans have more resources that the top 10% in many developed countries including Israel, Russia, and Brazil. I know that Wisconsin has homeless shelters, food banks, and unemployment lists, but remember: if you are reading this, you are reading it on a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
When Jesus warns us of the deceptions of wealth, every one of us should pay attention. Let’s honor God in a culture of access. Everything we have belongs to Him.