Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 27, 2014
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
Jesus was poor. He owned nothing but had everything He needed. He borrowed boats, donkeys, food, and lodging. He lived on borrowed time—then he died and was buried in a borrowed tomb. The Son of God was born from a virgin womb and buried in a virgin tomb. Christ Jesus voluntarily gave up His riches in glory in exchange for the poverty of mankind on earth. Grace comes at the great expense of Jesus giving up all for all people.
The riches of God’s grace and forgiveness are the true riches. Any other riches that compete with Christ’s riches are idols of insecurity. Indeed, it is better for us to be poor in the eyes of the world and remain rich in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. It’s futile to chase the undependable wealth of the world when we can rest and revel in the riches of seeking first the kingdom of God. Christ’s simple life compels us to live uncomplicated lives for Him.
“Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” (James 2:5)
Related Readings: Proverbs 28:6, 11; 22:2; Luke 18:22; Revelation 3:17
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