My Middle Class Problem
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you. (New King James Version)
Wow! Bam!! Between the eyes. The world tells me that being rich is cool and to be yearned for. And that is a massive issue. A recent survey of school students asked what they desired most in life, rather than world peace, good health or an amazing walk with Jesus, a vast majority answered, ‘to be rich and famous.’ My big massive challenge is working out what is inherited attitude from the world and then replacing it with God attitude. As Romans 12: 2 states: Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
And money for me is a biggy. As good middle class stock, deeply ingrained in me is the idea that I am to earn as much as I can towards being comfortable. A nice house, car and savings are the basic requirements towards a comfortable life. Comfort is the middle class expectation. But is it biblical? Is yearning after lots of possessions a God attitude? Is seeking to be comfortable the right motivation in life?
What would happen if I set aside the idol of middle class comfort and looked at the world from a perspective where caring for the poor and destitute was more important, where serving those struggling became a priority?
My middle class comfort is like a shield against the poverty and pain around me, keeping me apathetic and mostly unaffected. My possessions keep me separate from the sad state of life for so many in the world.
So what do I do?
I have to do a lot more than write a cheque, I think its time I actually experienced some of this poverty first hand. Remove the comfort shield and allow the reality of poverty to hit home. God will take care of the rest.
Lord change my heart, give me an experience that changes me, make this real. Lord I am willing and ready, show me your will Lord. Amen.
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