“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8.9 NAS).
Humanity began its life in the perfect world of the Garden of Eden, but because we allowed sin into our heavenly home, we were separated from God. In an instant, we lost everything. Our world became corrupted by sin, and we began to feel pain, heartache, disease, shame and death. We cry out to God, wondering why He allows our lives to be so hard, but we fail to realize that the struggle is what forces us to reach outside of ourselves for something more. Our pain and heartache move us to grasp onto faith. It is only when we see our poverty that we accept the richness that the Lord died to give us. We may try to build our own version of the “Garden of Eden” in our lives, but no matter how rich we are in this world, we will be poor eternally without Jesus. Once we understand that lasting wealth only comes from the Lord, no money, resources, connections, position or fame can diminish the richness of the Holy Spirit inside of us. We live our lives with purpose, knowing that one day we will be united with our God in our perfect heavenly home once more.
“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3.17 NIV).