Wednesday, March 28, 2007

How rich are you?

There is a great discussion going on over on John Mcullens blog on the whole subject of rich christians.

He asks two great questions: Does God want Christians to be rich?/Is God happy when Christians are rich?

Someone called Nina left a comment with a link to the global rich list, check it out, this is how rich I am:

I'm the 642,565,306 richest person on earth!


Discover how rich you are! >>

8 comments:

J-Mac said...

I recently complained about my salary as a beginning teacher. This site puts me in the top 4% in the world...now my head is really wrecked!

Ivonne said...

213,648,696th...doesn't all this make anyone else feel really,really selfish,greedy and sort of wrong? I sooo agree with J-Mac: too much extreem wealth against extreem povery..

Anonymous said...

Thanks Brian for plugging the globalrichlist website! It puts things in perspective, doesn't it?
Nina

Anonymous said...

In my opinion it is the very rare person, whether christian or not, that won't get obsessed with the maintenance of his or her wealth and possessions...that is why i believe it is wise not to be wealthy if one is pursuing Christ....

dave wiggins said...

minted you are mate! haha What out the match last night? magico

Anonymous said...

lol...not convinced about the accuracy of that 'rich list' discovery, for the sake of dreaming I typed in 10million and 10 trillion and according to the rich list my richness levels didnt change.The joys of being a student!!! he he

john heasley said...

I have been thinking about this a lot lately, really challenging, especially as I come in at about 52000000 on that rich list site. The main thing I feel is does it get between me and God, and if God wants me to give it all up tomorrow, will I? I wanna do that now anyway, so I don't see a problem personally, just a challenge for others. Lastly a big thing is generosity, real generosity, if you can be true to that, cool.

Andy said...

I think that most Christians live under a guilt about money that I just do not get.

Being prosperous in the biblical sense is not a selfish thing. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. If having a lack is so "spiritual" and "holy" why do we send millions of pounds to the 3rd world every year?? Poverty is described as a curse in the bible.....

Lets get real - Christian people need to make money and make lots of it! Why? so that they can lead by example and use what God had created (Deut 8 vs 18!!) to make a difference to those who do not have.

How the heck can we be a blessing to other people (as Tear Fund once said "Man does not live by bread alone - but neither can he eat prayer...") if our hands are empty??

Lets not be afraid of increase and multiplication in our lives - we want to see it in "faith, love, peace " etc etc but somehow we start to feel guilty when applied to our finances? Why is that?

Reading a previous post of Brians there were a number of needs that he wanted to see met - they will need finance and God will not send him a money tree - he will use Gods people and the money they have been entrusted with to make that happen!! Think of the parables about the talents....

I am a reasonably successful person who loves Jesus. I want to make more money and I am not ashamed about it. It is not my lord - Jesus is. I want to be a producer of wealth so that Gods people and work are blessed.

Do not be afraid of money or have a pseudo- spiritual socialistic view of it. Embrace wealth creation, be part of it, learn to be a wise steward(is that the heart of the issue??)and make a difference!!

I could go on......