“Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:7-9 (KJV)
That word “Rich” causes us to think of wealth in the material sense. We hear the word “Rich” and we may have thoughts of what that might be like to live like the “Rich”. Gold, silver, precious stones, Wall Street, big mansions, big ranches or farms; many houses and lands or expensive cars have absolutely nothing to do with the richness of which the above passage speaks.
The wealthiest Man who ever lived and walked among men gave up much wealth – the splendor and glories of heaven – and came down and walked among us, then gave His life that we all might be saved. He gave up wealth, to become poor that those who hear His Word, and believes would become rich in the purest meaning of the word.
The riches of Christ cannot be taken away; they cannot be destroyed by moth or rust; they are incorruptible. The riches and glory of heaven are yours through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.