Monday, November 16

The generous grace of Jesus

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 7-10

2 Corinthians 8:9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

Observation

In ch. 8-9, Paul writes about the offering he is receiving for the poor in Jerusalem, and encourages the Corinthians to be generous.  He uses the example of the Macedonian Christians to inspire them, and then appeals to the greatest example of generosity of all time: Jesus.

Jesus left the “riches” of heaven for the “poverty” of earth in order to make us rich.  He gave everything for us—not to make us rich materially, but spiritually.  Jesus talked about “true riches” in:

Luke 16:11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Jesus contrasted “true riches” with worldly wealth.  (See also Paul’s comments in 1 Timothy 6:17-19.). So when Paul talks about Jesus being rich and becoming poor to make us rich, he is talking about the “true riches”—about the spiritual riches of “life that is truly life”—not about material wealth.  

But Paul uses this spiritual example of the generosity of Jesus to encourage us to material generosity as well.  Jesus inspires generosity both spiritually and materially!

Application

I want to be a generous person: generous with my time, my money, my attention, my love, forgiveness and grace—because of the example of Jesus.  I want my default answer to be “Yes” not no.  I want “the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” to live in me and shine out of me.

Prayer: Lord, make me more like You: more generous in spirit and with all I have.