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Advent Devotional | Day 21

December 22, 2018

He Became Poor For You | Saturday, Dec. 22

2 Corinthians 8:9

This verse comes in the middle of chapters where Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to give generously and sacrificially for the church in Jerusalem, which was experiencing famine. Jesus, though rich, being in very nature God (Philippians 2:6), for your sake became poor. He humbled Himself and became a man so that you, by His poverty, might become children of God, heirs to all the riches of God. In this way, Paul is encouraging the church to give. May God give us the Spirit of Christ in our giving — not just Christmas gifts to loved ones who probably have all that they need. Let’s make sure to turn our eyes toward giving to brothers and sisters truly in need in our community and far from us. We have brothers and sisters in Christ who are starving. The Spirit of Christ in us calls us to give for their sake and for the spread of God’s grace and love in their lives. Let us be intentional about turning our attention to those in urgent spiritual and physical need around us. May we be obedient to the Spirit of Christ in us and give generously and sacrificially.
 
DISCUSSION
In what specific ways can you turn your generosity toward those truly in need? If this changes your behavior, how might you explain it to someone who notices the difference?
 
PRAYER
God, we pray for generosity to rise within us, our families, and our church. Help us to give sacrificially through the Spirit of Christ within us. Jesus, we praise You for becoming poor so that we might become rich in a way that nothing in this world compares. Your riches through Christ have been made available to us. All glory be to Your name for Your generosity and sacrifice. God, cause Your people to be a reflection of Your sacrificial generosity year-round, but especially at this time of year when we are focused on the reality of what this verse teaches us about Jesus. In His name we pray, amen.
 
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