” It will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven.” Do you think this statement applies to you? Do you think of yourself as rich? Compared to the rest of the world, we are among the richest people on the planet. Even those with low incomes are among the very well to do. To use a modern phrase, we are the 1%. With so much wealth in our country, it can be easy to forget that people have real and unimaginable suffering. Those who are poor, are really poor.
Think of what we take for granted: clean drinking water, shelter, food, safety and more. For many of us, there is little worry about the basic necessities of life. And yet, does this security provide us the freedom to be generous in the Kingdom of God? Or, does it create less freedom since we are worried we do not have enough? Or are we worried we might lose our job? Or are we worried that others might come and take our stuff?