Reading the Word
2 Corinthians 8:8–9 (ESV) — 8 I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 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.
Understanding and Applying the Word
As we have been reading and thinking about the birth of Jesus Christ, we have seen that he came into the world in the most humble of ways. The Son of God and King of kings was born to a young woman who was poor and in a place that was not even their home. Mary and Joseph could not find usual accommodations as they stayed in Bethlehem, but instead had to stay in an area that was usually used for animals. And when Jesus was born, the event was practically unnoticed.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus came into the world in this way? It is because he loves you. Whoever you are and whatever your background, Jesus came into the world for you. He shows us that he was a Savior for all by identifying with the weak and the poor and not only with the rich and powerful. All who turn to Jesus will be saved – regardless of social standing.
As we think of this love of Christ, we are called to also show this same love to others. We are to love others regardless of wealth or power or fame or influence. We are to be just like our Savior. This is a wonderful time of the year to be reminded of the love of Christ and to show that love to the world.
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