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. –2 Corinthians 8:9
2 Corinthians chapter 8 is all about generosity. There is mention in this chapter of a group of Christians who were in need. Along comes these people in Corinth who begged the apostles earnestly for the favor of helping to relive the needs of these saints. Paul sets them out as an example to follow. He then shows both them and us that our ultimate example of generosity is the Lord Jesus.
Jesus was rich. This is not speaking about Jesus’ bank account and portfolio. No he was rich in glory.
“who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” -Philippians 2:6–8
He became poor by his incarnation into this world. The glory he emptied himself of is depicted as wealth. His earthly existence is depicted as poverty. He, as the Son of God, emptied himself of his glory and took the form of a servant. He became poor so that by his poverty, you and I might become rich. We become rich by embracing the free inheritance of eternal life and forgiveness of all sin. What a generous Savior we serve!
Because we serve such a generous God, we ought to go out into his world and display his generosity by giving to the needs of the poor. Our motive for giving is to display the glory and generosity of God!