Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Richest People in the World

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage (for Wed., Sept. 5, 2012)
II Corinthians 8:1-15

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.  II Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)

Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  It seems that the definition the world puts on success is ACCUMULATION. The picture of success in God's eyes is SACRIFICE. 

When the Bible says that Jesus "became poor", this does not mean He glorified being penniless. It means He lived a POURED OUT LIFE. Truly, the Father met every need of His only begotten Son. But, Jesus did not center His life on ACCUMULATION, but rather on GIVING OUT. As such, He became the richest man on the planet. 

His poverty is not that of a beggar. It is the poverty of one who gives endlessly. As such, He sets a pattern for us. If we would be rich, we too must become the channels of divine grace.  We live with the open hand of giving rather than the clenched fist of greed. Then, we are the richest people in the world. 

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