Today: The economics of Jesus
Passage: 2 Cor 8
8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Cor 8, NIV)-emphasis added
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and to build His kingdom on the earth. He brought the
heavenly kingdom with Him, planted it here and left.
He send the Holy Spirit to take care of the kingdom project
Many of us became part of that kingdom and are thankful for the sacrificial work of our Lord. But, to
what extent have we become rich?
The word of God tells us that Jesus wants us to seek His kingdom first. On the earth, Jesus was not too
poor or too rich. He fed thousands but never had thousands in deposit or in hand. He did not have reserve money to feed even a few hundreds or even to pay taxes. But whenever there was a need, whether it was for one or one thousand, it was always met. He fed the Isarelites, men alone 600,000 to start with, for 40 years!. If we have this Jesus with us, all we do is to let Him know our “needs” and then thank!
Jesus lived with the common people. He became one among them. He is God and He took care of the
spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry and had compassion on the sinners. He saved the woman who was otherwise going to be stoned. He even saved the life of a man named Barrabbas, by being crucified in his place
Jesus made a sacrifice for us, voluntarily and willingly. No one asked or forced him. Jesus understood
the need and acted. He expects us to do the same
Jesus told the rich people to help the poor. He asked the rich young man to sell all he had, and to give
it to the poor. Jesus never demanded it.
Have a blessed day
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I pray for the poor and the hungry-those who are in need of resources to live by.
I pray that justice be done and righteousness established, in a world that is filled with sin and selfishness. Help me to do my part. Amen
“We need to step down from the dangerous luxury of idleness and pray, so that God will step up and act for us, in us and through us”