The greatest “deal”

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Psalm 49:1-20

READ (Verses chosen for reflection)
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 by his poverty might become rich.”

REFLECT
2 Corinthians 8 is quite a familiar passage. I preached some sermons based on it. Yet, the intensity of Jesus’ “deal” for us never fails to overwhelm. I mean, who in the right frame of mind would trade richness for poverty with another?

Many parents might be willing to trade their lives (or well-being) for the sake of their children; but that is because of the blood relationship they have with one another. In contrast, why would the sovereign Lord sacrifice His own life for the sake of human beings who in our very nature are seeded with this huge propensity to go against Him?

Because of love and grace? What kind of love and grace is that? Not of a human kind I am sure; though we catch a tiny glimpse of it here and there in the life of the saints. How are we to deal with this love and grace?

RELATE
Through time, I have found it way easier to just embrace such a ridiculous “deal” from the Saviour because there is simply no way we can even dream of repaying. Even after salvation, the Saviour did not relent on His blessings upon my family and I. Yes we have been tough times and will still go through trials; but His blessings had and I believe will more than see us through. So what is left to do?

Just obey His call. Not because I have to. But because I want to. I like to. I love to. Why? Because my God have given up His most precious to give me a second chance. What is there left for the Lord to do? What is there left for me to lose? Nothing; yet everything awaits when the Saviour comes back again.

REST
Dear Lord, help me to be faithful and obey because only in You can I find the true anchor for this life and for eternity. Amen.

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