Gifts of net worth
While some 10% of the people in America control 90% of the net worth, this modern-day phenomenon was foreshadowed by the 19th century economist Vilfredo Pareto, who figured out that 20% of the population controls 80% of the resources and wealth in any society — and furthermore, 20% of the efforts expended produce 80% of the results in most every endeavor.
Coincidence? Probably not. The Master Designer created the system this way.
If everyone were an entrepreneur or manager, how would business and the economy run?
Most people are in the 80%. They are doing good things. Their gifts of tithes and offerings take care of church expenses, salaries, and (one hopes) some mission work and care for the poor. This is a crucial role.
But the larger job of financing the spread of the Gospel beyond the walls of the church and community falls to those with special gifts and the ability to create cash flow and wealth.
Cash has never been enough to reach the world for Christ. If we are serious about reaching the world, it is time to look at gifts of net worth.
This is counter-cultural and inconsistent with the accumulation mindset; yet an individual can build a business, build an estate, and use net worth to accomplish personal, family, and ministry goals.
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