All For Love’s Sake Became Poor

You know about the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor in order to make you rich through his poverty.

2 Corinthians 8:9 GW

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3 KJV

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Romans 12:16 NASB

Our example of walking by faith is Jesus.

He was equal with God, yet He didn’t make a big deal out of it.

How far we are from the perfection of Christ, and yet, we seem to want to glorify ourselves.

And to what end?

Only to our shame.

Is it the proud and self-righteous that Jesus came to save?

No.

He came for the lowly, the meek, the humble, the broken, the poor in spirit.

What does He command us to do?

Repent.

Change the way we think and act.

Change from thinking about ourselves and start thinking about others and their needs.

Then act.

Not out of selfish ambition, but out of love, preferring others over ourselves.

The Kingdom of God works based on self sacrifice.

We cannot atone for our sins by any effort of our own.

Only the sacrifice of Jesus can make up for our sin nature.

He, being One with the infinite God, laid down His life for us.

We are called to be living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is our acceptable act of spiritual worship.

The self life, motivated by self, lived for self, is a dead end road that leads straight to the imprisonment of your soul.

Selfishness is the root of all sin.

It’s based on thinking that somehow you’re separate from God and others.

The truth is God is everywhere.

We exist and live and move and breathe in Him.

It’s our minds that are separate from God when we don’t submit to Him, when we don’t take every thought captive to make it obedient to the will of Christ.

We have the mind of Christ.

Use it.

Or lose it.

 

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