Today’s devotion is based on 2 Corinthians 8:9, “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.”
Jesus was rich. As God, he had every advantage. Jesus could have spent eternity being worshiped by the angels. Instead, he took on human flesh, put himself under the law, suffered ridicule, and even died on a cross. He chose not to use many of his advantages as God. He made himself poor.
Jesus did that for the benefit of all human beings. And since you are a human being and live in the world, you can rest assured that he did it for you. Don’t worry that you don’t deserve it. The point is that he did it for you even though you don’t deserve it. He did it out of love; that is where grace comes in. His grace toward undeserving humans is beyond comprehension.
Now you are rich! You have forgiveness for all your sins and the promise of life after death. You have the comfort of knowing that the God of the universe cares about you. And with all of your newfound wealth, you can afford to be generous to those in need.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen; please help me to see how rich and safe and well cared for I am as long as I remain in you and you in me. In Jesus’ blessed name, I pray. Amen.