Christ’s poverty and our riches
In this short video (1:29), Ron encourages us to remember the poverty of Christ that accomplished eternal riches on our behalf. He reminds us that Christmas is a celebration of Christ’s sacrifice in becoming human on our behalf. This perspective allows us to be at peace with our own poverty or riches because of Christ’s story.
As always, Ron’s encouragement to you is to go back to God’s Word to restore your faith. Take a moment to consider the following Scriptures, and meditate on their Truth and their application.
II Corinthians 8:9 (NASB)
“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.”
II Corinthians 6:10 (NASB)
“As sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.”
Philippians 2:5-7 (NIV)
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
Matthew 20:28 (NIV)
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."
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