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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Made Rich by Pat Pennington

Made Rich
Two families just won the Mega Millions Jackpot, the 2nd largest prize in lotto history.
So overnight they were made rich. But there is another way that you can be made rich.
In this Christmas season we need to remember that Jesus exchanged the riches of heaven to become poor on earth. We could say He gave up His heavenly mansion to be born in a manager. He gave up His Kingship to be pursued by jealous King Herod.
He gave up His place of royalty in Heaven to ride on a lowly donkey into Jerusalem. He gave up His majestic throne to take a towel and wash filthy feet.  He gave up His glory to glorify His Heavenly Father. Jesus gave up His riches, so we might be made rich by His grace and love! Jesus went from rich to poor and back to rich. 
Yes, Jesus Christ was born in poor conditions, lived a low income life and died impoverished. Yet, He was Himself the richest gift ever given to the human race.
The gifts brought by the wise men could never compare to the gift of salvation that Jesus brought into the world as He laid at the back of the inn surrounded by noisy animals. All the natural resources in the world combined do not begin to define the value of this one child, Christ Jesus. We can say that one man’s poverty made the world rich.
So what is the worth of God’s grace that gets us through life with peace and joy?
It’s worth far exceeds any earthly comparisons, even more than lotto jack pots and even diamonds and jewels are only shiny rocks in light of God’s love given to all who love Him.
Our adoption by grace through faith gives us full benefits as a child of the King. 
As people of faith, we have been made rich by every good deed that flows from God’s grace at work in our heart and life. You can spend all your lotto winnings but God’s riches last forever.
Thank Him this season for His indescribable gift of grace and salvation!

2 Corinthians 8:9 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 through his poverty might become rich.
<°)))>< Pat P.

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