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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though He was rich, for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.”—2 Corinthians 8:9 (HCSB)
Have you ever gotten an e-mail or letter from a deposed Nigerian prince asking for $10,000 to get back into his country? He promises that when he gets back in, he’ll turn your investment into $10,000,000! Or perhaps you’ve been presented with a business model that can help you earn $5,000 a week working from home?
Whether it’s an e-mail or phone scam, a pyramid scheme, or endless lottery tickets, people love the idea of getting rich quick! And, why wouldn’t they? It’s an instant, somewhat easy way to create security, stability, and in the minds of many, peace and satisfaction. Unfortunately for those who have attempted to get rich through any of these, the only thing that usually comes out of it is wasted money and lots of headaches.
But what if I told you there was one surefire, foolproof plan to get rich instantly? And all it requires from you is to believe! 2 Corinthians 8:9 tells us that Jesus gave up His riches . . . the riches and glory of heaven. He left His throne, and on the cross, emptied Himself (Philippians 2:6–7) and laid it all at the altar so that we could become rich in Him. He assumed human nature so that He could do what we couldn’t—live a perfect life, conquer sin, and defeat death.
And now, because of the death and resurrection of Christ, we can leave behind our impoverished state and become rich in Christ through the grace of God (John 1:16–17). And it’s a richness that far exceeds any earthly, material richness.
But what does being rich in Christ mean? Well, first it means our debt—the insurmountable, unconquerable debt of death that we owe because of our sin—is wiped clean (Romans 6:23). Second, it means we become co-heirs with Christ to God (Romans 8:17), adopted into His family (John 1:12–13), free to enjoy all the benefits of being His children (John 10:10; Romans 8:11; Ephesians 2:18). Third, it means that no matter what is happening in our lives, whether trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or danger, we can still experience true richness every single day because the Holy Spirit is within us, His love makes us whole, and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:35–39).
DIG: How have the riches of His grace changed your life?
DISCOVER: What are you doing with your riches from Jesus? Are you sharing the wealth by distributing His riches to others?
DISPLAY: Today, I want to encourage you to do like Jesus did and give of your riches to someone in need. Find someone in need—maybe there’s a single parent or struggling family in your neighborhood, or a homeless person in the area—and bless them.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.