“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33
We have heard a lot the last few years about the one-percenters in the United States. Those are people with quite a bit of the wealth. They have way too much of it, according to some. They are greedy! There is an ideology out there, even from the highest office in the land that thinks it best to confiscate some of those riches and “spread it around”. Many citizens agree.
I wonder if those same citizens would still be in agreement if we thought globally on the subject? In that case, (and chances are if you’re reading this) – you (and I) are one-percenters! The numbers vary by source, but a yearly take home pay of around $35,000 exceeds that of 99% of the remaining people in the world. Even if you make a wisp over a $100.00 a month, that means you are in the top 50% of the world’s wealthiest people. Do we still want to throw the words “greed” and “confiscation” and “redistribution” around?
The Bible tells us we came into this world with nothing, and we will leave this world with nothing. (1Tim 6:7) We also have the assurance that while we are here, God will provide for our needs. In light of these truths, we are to be about the things of God and His Kingdom. When we do so, often times God will provide the meal, the cup of water, the covering for others through us. God can and will do this because He, in fact, is a one hundred-percenter! God owns it ALL! (Psalm 50)
God owns it all, and we all own nothing except our free will. WILL we humble ourselves before Him? WILL we come in His Way and on His terms and be redeemed, reconciled and regenerated in Christ Jesus? Therein is life eternal beginning right here, right now. WILL we?
We need not give a thought to who owns what percent in this brief life. If we WILL, all that is His becomes ours. I like the perspective the late Dr.M.R.DeHaan shares about this in his book, Broken Things: “In the Lord Jesus Christ, every believer has a treasure that cannot be described in terms of material wealth and possessions. We are members of the wealthiest and happiest family in all the universe, for God is our Father. He is the Creator of all things. The gold and the silver and the cattle on a thousand hills are His. He is the Father of every believer, and we are heirs of all things that are His.”
So here’s the question: “How rich are you?”