The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Tim. 6:17).
He’s talking about us. Not convinced that you are rich? Since we know “rich” is a moving target, here are some questions to consider to see how you stack up against the rest of the world.
Take the following test. Do you…
- Have at least a kindergarten education?
- Stand in front of a closet full of shirts, pants, and sweaters lamenting that you have nothing to wear?
- Own more than a single pair of shoes?
- Change your clothes because you have special outfits to wear for different activities (such as sleeping, working, exercising, and relaxing)?
- Make $25,000/year or more? (Doing so places you in the top 2% of the world by income.)
- Buy the latest version of a phone or other technology to replace one that still works?
- Trade a mechanically sound vehicle along with some cash for a car that does essentially the same thing?
- Have the ability to take at least one day off a week and still make enough money to eat?
- Have the food for your next meal in your refrigerator, freezer, or pantry?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you qualify as rich. To see how rich you are compared with the rest of the world, go to globalrichlist.com to take the “Global Rich List” test.