by Jeremy Brown
Often when we think of the RICH we think of people such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Tom Hanks, etc. What would you say if I told you there’s a good chance that if you reside in a western nation you are the RICH the Bible talks about?! Do not forget the Lord your God when you eat and are full; bless God for the good land He has given you (Deuteronomy 8:10-11). An income of $32,400 makes you the top 4 percent of income earners in the world. This income of $32,400 is twenty-one times more than the global average income. In America the average household income is almost double that, at $61,372 as of 2018. So what does God require of the RICH?
God wants you to enjoy the wealth He has bestowed upon you, but it comes with a warning. He says to enjoy it, but do not become prideful like many RICH men/women do and say look what I did with my hands (Deuteronomy 6:13). Remember to always thank God for the blessings He has bestowed upon you; never think you did it all on your own. God also commands the RICH to not only enjoy the wealth they have for themselves, but use their wealth to help spread His Word. He gave us wealth/riches to help others, not to just fulfill our every desire. We are to be RICH in good works (1 Timothy 6:17-18).
We need to remember that God does not HATE those who are RICH; He rewarded His greatest servants, King David, Job, etc., with wealth. God just knows that when we men/women are full we tend to go astray and boast about all the wealth we have, but we are to thank Him and use the wealth He gave us to spread His gospel.