TODAY’S MEDITATION – Jesus became poor to make you rich (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Nowadays, there is a wide spread idea in the world that only poor people look for solutions in prayers, in Jesus Christ. The sad thing about such a false idea is that many believers end up believing that being poor is normal for a Christian or even the will of God. My brother, my sister, the Word of God gives a quite opposite picture: “may they always say, ‘The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant” (Psalm 35:27) and He wants us to prosper as our soul prosper (3 John 1:2) and He wants to bless you with so much things that you will not have enough room to store them (Malachi 3:10). Now, there are dangers in being rich in the sense of the world and we can see that in the parable of the rich man who finds it hard to sell his possessions to follow Christ (Matthew 19:21), and we all know that with more money, we can make more choices as well as we can buy more trouble (just watch the news about some celebrities!). Yes, the Bible tells us that money itself is not evil, but the way we use money can make it become good or evil.

My friend, you do not need to convince God to prosper you, because He already made the provision, through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Yes, He has restored prosperity to you. Now, some people may ask: “but why do I have all these debts and bills I can’t pay?” My friend, the answer is very simple. The devil has stolen money away from you because of your ignorance! So, use your faith to reclaim what already belongs to you, but before that feed on the Word of God for your faith to continue growing strong and being effective. You see, to receive the blessings available to us through Christ, we have to draw near to God, we need to become mature to receive God’s provision and to keep the devil from stealing it. What many people forget is that when they were in the world, they belonged to the devil, and so were all their belongings! How many of our blessings remain unclaimed, my friends? When you gave your life to Christ, did you leave your belongings or did you claim them back? What we sometimes assume is that we only need to pray the Lord to restore what we have lost. remember the parable of the lost sheep: the shepherd went to find his lost sheep! Stand up in faith and go and look for your lost money, your lost health, your lost marriage, your lost peace, your lost job that the devil has stolen… Yes, the Lord restores, but He cannot restore what He has already put in your hands and that you are letting the devil to continue playing with and today, He is telling you “why are you asking me for what I have already provided you with, be courageous and fight back for it… I am with you… you are guaranteed success and victory, because I am with you.” Even the weapons to fight for what belongs to you where given to you in Ephesians 6:10-17.

My friend, according to the Bible you are already rich. You are praying the ” God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). You may not have access your earthly wealth yet, but never doubt that in Christ wealth is yours. But let’s make this point clear: when the Bible says “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), it is not a verse to be used like prosperity preachers do… because the important aspect of Jesus’ poverty is that He humbled Himself by becoming man, so that you may gain treasures in Heaven, have Christ as your brother and God as your father and become the objects of Their great delight. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.