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 by his poverty might become rich.”
One of the great joys of trusting in Christ is an unwavering assurance of the blessed future which He has secured for us. Our assurance does not come because of anything we’ve done, but it’s based all on His work and our trust in that work. Therefore, we can be sure that what He has accomplished and purposes to accomplish will be done.
This news is wonderful, not only because of what will come, but also because of the practical effects it has on us right now. It provides for Christians a richness which the world cannot attain. These riches are much more effective in alleviating physical and emotional suffering than material wealth ever could. Allow me to give a few examples:
1. Gospel wealth fixes relationships.
Perhaps the greatest example to illustrate is the father who tries to buy his daughter’s love even though he’s never around. That situation has been showcased over and over again in cinema. The father never has any time for his daughter but will buy her whatever she wants to try and make her happy. The girl wants her dad, not his money.In this example, the Gospel would fix both people and allow their relationship to be mended. The daughter would no longer have an absolute need for her father’s affection because she would be satisfied by God’s fatherly care. The father wouldn’t have to prove his worth by making money, so he could work less hours thereby having more time to spend with his family. If they were both satisfied by Christ, they would be free to love each other.
2. Gospel wealth secures joy.
Joy, in our culture, is found only in the temporary and aesthetic. People work for happy hour and hook-ups. They pick jobs that will make them money so that they can have status and feel like an elite. If they can’t achieve the things they have established are of ultimate value, then they have no joy. The Gospel changes all of that. If Christ has you, He will never lose you (Jn. 10:28). If you have Christ, you will never lose Him. Even if you lose all earthy wealth and relationships, you will still have Christ and the knowledge of all He’s done out of love for you. Your joy is secure.
3. Gospel wealth heals the world.
When you are rich with the Gospel, knowing that Christ has provided all, you are free to give your resources and time. When you are confident that “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19), you will not hoard your resources. You’re free to give to those who can’t give back to you. We need an army of people with that freedom in order to conquer the world’s social ills.
I pray that you find all of your satisfaction in the knowledge of Christ’s love for you. A love that’s not mere sentiment, but proved itself through decisive, self-sacrificing action. No treasure can so comprehensively care for you as Jesus Christ can. As Tim Keller says, “Every other treasure demands that you die in order to have it. Jesus Christ is the only treasure that died in order to have you.”
Be richly blessed as Jesus more and more becomes your treasure and your very great reward!