In order to truly learn how to be an effective rich person, you must first understand that you are in fact a rich person. If you missed yesterday’s post, refer to our website to check that out before diving into today’s material.
You are rich! But how can you be rich effectively while living in this world?
First let’s look at the meaning of these two terms: rich and effective.
Based on Webster’s definition, being rich means to have great deal of assets, to be prosperous, or to supply a large amount of something that is wanted or needed. As we saw yesterday, the bubble within which many Americans (and other inhabitants of first-world nations) live can certainly be characterized as rich in comparison to the rest of the world. We should not measure our wealth by what we see daily in our limited perspective of the few people around us or by comparison to the exorbitantly rich people that are showcased in media. This just isn’t wise. After all, billions of other people exist on this planet. And how do they actually live?
Because I’m a visual person, I want you to check out the next few photos that that really drive home how the Lord has blessed you with riches. My intent isn’t to make you feel discouraged, but rather to encourage you to walk in truth and effectively manage the riches that God has given you.
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:17 ESV
Our first image is from India and captures a scene that is common for people throughout that country. If you contrast that with where you live, can you recognize that you are rich?
What about transportation? Do you have a car that you can drive? Or even two cars? If you take a look at the next image from Africa, which shows how some people commonly travel, can you see that you are rich, beloved?
How about food and clean water? Do you have access to this at any point during the day? Just look at the sheer joy exhibited by these two Nepalese girls when a newly constructed water system was finally inaugurated in their hometown. Can you see just how rich you are?
You do not need to personally see poverty by traveling the world to understand that you are rich. You are rich, regardless of whether you have bills coming out of your ears, a car that keeps breaking down, or a home that is in constant need of repairs. Maybe you’re even unemployed. If you have any of the things I have listed inyesterday’s post, then you are rich. And if you live in a first-world nation (such as the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, South Korea, or the United Kingdom) please do not take this information lightly.
“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:24-25 ESV
How about the word effective? What does it mean for us rich people?
According to Websters, effective is defined as producing a result that is wanted,having an intended effect, or to be ready for service or action.
So who wants us to be effective with our wealth? And where do these riches actually come from? The answer is simple: God.
We are entrusted with wealth for the glory of God, beloved. And being generous for Him is how we become effective rich people.
We can certainly enjoy what we produce, but the core of why God gives us things is to be generous. In fact, this is His very nature. Remember that His own extreme generosity prompted the Father to send His only begotten Son, Jesus, to give us grace that we definitely didn’t deserve. As a Christian, He continues to work in our lives every single day.
Generosity is a heart attitude, beloved. And anyone can be generous regardless of what they possess. Just think about that for a moment.
“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on’.” Luke 21:1-4 ESV
There’s a saying that I often ponder: Don’t focus on the million dollars that you wish you had, but on the ten dollars that you do have. Let’s not aspire to be rich; instead let’s aspire to be generous with the riches that we already possess.
Again, generosity is a heart attitude. If we seek to be rich simply for its own sake, then our efforts are in vain; such a journey produces nothing eternally. Any effort expended on such a strategy is wasted and represents the mismanagement of wealth from an eternal perspective.
But effectively managing riches is a discipline that can undoubtedly change the world, just as we can clearly see demonstrated in the book of Acts. So how do we do this? Where should we allocate what we have today?
“And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Acts 2:4 ESV
Join me Monday as I share specific actions that we can all take regardless of how little or much we think we have. Remember that generosity is a heart attitude, and God has made us rich. Therefore, as rich people, let’s all decide to effectively manage our wealth for the glory of our One True Lord and King, Jesus Christ.
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