How wealthy are you? That is subjective, isn’t? Life can always be better financially for just about everyone. The gaining of wealth, the management of it and using it for our goals, which often include getting more wealth is probably the great obsession of human life, in all sorts of facets.

But how wealthy are you? In the late 1600’s, King Louis XIV, The Sun King, of France, was thought to be the pinnacle of wealth in the world. France’s monarchy was much more dictatorial than other neighboring nations. He did not have to go through parliaments to aquire his wealth. He just asked for it. Yet today, in 2006, my standard of living as a middle class, American, graduate student is higher in many, many ways than Louis XIV. I do not need to hire servants or maintain vast estates to get the latest in food and clothing, even moderately priced items. The resources available to me are vast, mind boggling so, compared to not only most of human history, but to the overwhelming majority of people alive today, over 6 billion.

According to the site, Global Rich List, I am in the top 1% of the world’s wealthy. And while I really, really doubt that I will ever read my name in Forbes list of the world’s most wealthy, my comparison of the rest of the planet, I’m already there, along with most Americans and Canadians. Take the quiz yourself. If you’re online, reading a blog, I’m fairly certain what section of the bell curve you are hanging out in: Global Rich List.

Joe Carter said a few days ago, “Most of our economic problems are caused because we serve mammon rather than God. I certainly don’t know anyone who has put themselves in such financial straits because they were overly concerned with helping the needy.”

Look, most people in America are far, far wealthier, than the rich young ruler Jesus encountered in Luke 18. While we certainly all want more wealth, and probably all could better manage our wealth. Yet the excess wealth of the America middle class could fee the poor on earth several times over. Excess consumerism is our problem.

Looking for some ways to help? Think of these the next time you buy something that “you deserve”:$8 could buy you 15 organic apples OR 25 fruit trees for farmers in Honduras to grow and sell fruit at their local market.

$30 could buy you an TV series DVD Boxset OR a First Aid kit for a village in Haiti.

$73 could buy you a new mobile phone OR a new mobile health clinic to care for AIDS orphans in Uganda.

$2400 could buy you a second generation High Definition TV OR schooling for an entire generation of school children in an Angolan village.