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
Listen: 2 Corinthians 8
Recognizing that love results in sacrificial giving, the Apostle Paul was drawn to the greatest example of love and radical sacrifice the world has ever known—the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus possessed all the riches of God from all eternity, yet for our sake “he became poor” by becoming a man and dying on the cross (see Philippians 2:6-8). Through his death, he gives us all the blessings of salvation—forgiveness, joy, peace and eternal life. In making us rich spiritually, God made the first move. We become gift receivers because Christ’s voluntary poverty makes us spiritually rich.
As a gift receiver, we are now to be gift givers. When we are, we show the world what God is really like. When we begin to practice radical generosity, we reflect the God who has been radically generous with us. A God who gives and gives and gives.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Radical generosity in our lives begins with God’s radical generosity through Jesus. As you listen to Lauren Daigle sing “Noel,” allow your soul to be stirred as you “come and see what God has done.” Marvel anew at “the Light of the world, given for us.” Conclude your Chair Time with a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s gift of his Son.
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