A report was released this week by Credit Suisse highlighting the growing gulf between the world’s richest and poorest. One stark fact revealed, was that the wealthiest 1% of the world’s population now have more wealth than the sum of the rest. Whether you or I are part of that 1% (and many of us are) is somewhat immaterial, what is important however is that we are not only thankful to God for the privileges and possessions we have received, but that we use those privileges and possessions in order to support the needs of others.
I am often challenged by the words of Jesus who when speaking about his return said: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
When asked, ‘when did we do these things for you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matt 25: 34-40)
Challenged with you, Gareth