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
To understand that Jesus Christ became poor for love is something that is very difficult to understand at this time. The great difficulty of understanding this truth lies in the distorted idea that modern society has of the word love. If we are taught to receive, accumulate wealth and seek happiness for the sake of love, it is unlikely that we accept as a manifestation of love stripping ourselves of what we have to give to others. But the concept of God’s love is just that: giving instead of receiving.
That expression of love of Jesus of which 2 Corinthians 8:9 speaks today is a species in danger of extinction. Very rarely do we see someone shed everything they have to share with others. We are more likely to meet people who are looking to keep what they have and, if possible, to wrench others from their hands. Even in marriage, love is only preserved in health and wealth because in sickness and poverty, when it is no longer possible to squeeze the orange because the juice has run out, the other is thrown like bagasse.
It sounds cruel, but it is a crude reality, of which we should not be astonished because the Lord Jesus Christ himself prophesied for this time in which we live. Matthew 24:12 says, Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. That is the time that we have to live. The evil has multiplied to the highest degree that people today see an incident in which someone’s life is in danger and, instead of helping, they prefer to shoot a video on their smartphone and then share it on Facebook.
And you know what, the very verse that we are studying today, is used as bait to attract to the churches those who lack love. It sounds to them like music to hear this: 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. But they are not attracted by the love of Jesus but by the supposed promise that their riches will be transferred to them because Jesus Christ became poor so that we become rich.
Paul says the following in 1 Timothy 6:9-10, But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. Let us not stray from faith, let us not seek the King of kings and Lord of lords for greed, for the love of money, for riches. Let us seek from Him for who He is and for being our salvation.
Let us understand what the love of Christ consists of. In John 15:13 the Lord says, Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. Jesus not only became poor for love, but He gave His precious life for you and for me also for love. And while we were lost in our trespasses and sins, He called us friends, even though we behaved like His true enemies. Jesus became poor for love; but if we only look for material wealth, we will be missing out on the best part. The earthly riches will pass away, but the best riches of Jesus Christ are in the heavens waiting for us. God bless you.