Winning the Lottery

powerballThe PowerBall jackpot is now at $1.3 billion. To put that in perspective, that is larger than the gross national product of twenty different countries. That is 160 times greater than the average NFL player will earn in his entire career.

With a billion dollars, you could buy the Chicago Cubs, purchase every Bitcoin in existence or clean up the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Millions of people will buy lottery tickets before Wednesday night’s drawing, dreaming of becoming rich. What would you do if you won $1.3 billion dollars? What would you do if you became rich?

There is a problem with that question, of course. You are already rich.

Did you know that according to the website, The Global Rich List, if you earn $50,000 a year you are in the top 0.31% of the world? You are richer than 7.38 billion of the world’s 7.4 billion people.

If you earn just $11,700 a year – the poverty line in the United States – you are still richer than 6.8 billion people in the world. In other words, the poorest people of the United States are richer than 84% of the world.

Yet the devil convinces us that we are poor – or at least that we’re not rich. I mean look at Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. They are rich. We are not.

Rich and poor are actually relative terms. What happens so easily is that we look at all the people who have more than us – bigger homes, nicer cars, fancier toys – and we think we are poor by comparison.

We fail to look south of the border. We fail to look across the ocean and around the world at the billions of people who have less than us. By any and every standard, we as Americans are more materially wealthy than just about every person who ever lived in the history of mankind.

The secret to happiness isn’t getting what you want, it’s recognizing what you’ve got. Winning the lottery won’t make you happy. Recognizing and appreciating what God has given you will.

Because the truth is, even if you weren’t born in the United States, even if you lived in a grass hut in Africa or in the rubble of war-torn Syria, you would still be rich. You are a child of God, forgiven through faith in Jesus. You have a mansion waiting for you in heaven with your name on the mailbox. The all-powerful King of the universe is your Father and Friend.

There is no such thing as a poor Christian. So instead of dreaming about winning $1.3 billion and wondering what you would do if you struck it rich, look around. Just try and make a list of everything you own. It would take you days. Look at your family and friends and church. Look at all the garbage God has forgiven in your life and the heaven that is waiting for you.

You don’t have to dream about being rich. You already are.


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