Huggins, Jan. 2018

 
Onward, soldiers.
 

“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” ——- 2 Corinthians 9:11

  • Got $2,200 in assets? You’re in the top 50% of the world’s wealthiest.
  • If you made $1,500 this past year, you’re in the top 20% of the world’s income earners (see there, teens?).
  • If you have sufficient food, clothes, live in a house/apt, and have reliable transportation, you’re in the top 15% of the world’s wealthiest.
  • If you earn $25,000 or more annually, you’re in the top 10% of the world’s income earners.
  • If you have any money saved, a hobby that requires some equipment or supplies, a variety of clothes, two cars (in any condition), and live in your own home, you are in the top 5% of the world’s wealthy.
  • If you earn more than $50,000 annually, you are in the top 1% of the world’s income earners.
  • If you have more than $500,000 in assets, you’re part of the richest 1% on the face of the planet.

 

It is humbling to ponder and receive the massive and inordinate amount of blessings we have been given – our heritage, our citizenship in the wealthiest country in the world, our placement in this time in history with all of the modern advancements for health, leisure, comfort, travel, pleasure, and the filling of our bellies. Most people in the world don’t a vehicle, much less a luxury one of our choosing and multiple ones at that. On top of this, we also have ‘houses’ for our cars.

 

I do not mention these things to toot anyone’s horn or gratify a sense of hard work. Quite the opposite, actually. Reading these statistics, in light of our knowledge and faith in God’s mercy, it wreaks havoc on our pride and re-calibrates our souls in how to best walk our days out… our very numbered days. Our Christian worldview girded in scripture and the life of Christ guides us in this in several ways. 1.) We have not earned any of it. Nothing we have done or ever could accomplish would warrant what has been given to us. We are poor beggars who deserve wrath and death. 2.) Whatever we have, wherever we are, whoever we’re with, whatever we do, it is meant for glory: not ours, but Christ’s alone. It is all designed and meant to drive the Gospel in to hearts and change lives for His will to be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 3.) We are charged with taking what we’ve been given, and giving it back to God. If we will consecrate our possessions and circumstance and positions (however stately or meager), they become more than temporary avenues for the ‘id impulse’ to drown; they become divine investments that yield eternal dividends for the sake of souls being saved and the earth being restored.

 

So this new year, as we embark on the journey once again, our charge is ‘Onward, soldier!’ May we fight the good fight, keep the faith, and win the race.

 

In the Light,

Huggins~

 


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