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He Was Rich, Yet For Your Sake He Became Poor

“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

If you didn’t know the context of this chapter, one might think that Paul was laying on a huge guilt trip. You wouldn’t be wrong. Paul starts out by describing the churches in Macedonia - they had nothing, yet they wanted to help everyone in need, I picture a town leveled by a tornado, but instead of rebuilding their own homes, they go to the next town and help them.

Would I do this? Would you? We’re so centered on self, our own needs. Common themes of “take care of me first” abound. But when we think about what Jesus did for us, how can we be selfish?

Matthew 13:44 "God's kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field. One day a man found the treasure. He hid it again and was so happy that he went and sold everything he owned and bought the field.” That man is Christ Jesus, the field is the world and we are His treasure, His riches!

“He was like God in every way, but He did not think that His being equal with God was something to use for His own benefit. Instead, He gave up everything, even His place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During His life as a man, He humbled Himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused His death—death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” ~Philippians 2:6-10

We are His! Because we are in Him, we are compelled to put others first, to help those in need. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” ~Philippians 2:3-4

Have a blessed day!

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