Who is poor? Who is rich? What is the difference between being rich and poor? Is it always money, or can it be something else??
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul considered this subject in 2 Corinthians 8:9 when he said,
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
Before He took on the form of a man and humbled Himself to be born as a baby in Bethlehem, Jesus was rich beyond measure! He was and is the Father’s only begotten Son, and as such, all the treasures of Heaven are His.
As the Son of His Heavenly Father, as long as He was in Heaven, there was nothing Jesus needed. There was nothing He lacked. There was nothing He didn’t want that He didn’t have immediately at His fingertips. The angels adored Him. All creation (save for humans) recognized His greatness and worshiped Him for it.
But for our sakes, Jesus became poor. He became needy. He needed food. He needed clothes. He needed shelter from the weather. He needed to be cared for as a child, and raised. He needed to be taught to speak, and to learn the Holy Scriptures.
Jesus needed relationships. He needed friends and companions to share His burden and His joys. He needed down time, time alone with His Father. As a fully human person, Jesus, the Holy Son of God needed everything we as regular human beings need.
And then, Jesus gave up even the little He had. He became the ultimate Sacrifice, the final Substitute for our willful sinfulness. Jesus needed His life, and gave it up because we needed salvation more.
How awesome is that! We needed, and Jesus gave out of His need, for us. We needed salvation. We needed a restored relationship with God. He who had it all gave it all up, and then gave up what little He did have, all because we needed it.
And now, we have the opportunity to become rich in God, even as Jesus is. When we accept the salvation His sacrifice offers, we become joint Heirs with Him in all God the Father has for Him and those who believe. We become redeemed. We share in the incomparable, immeasurable riches of Jesus. He shares them with us because His sacrifice gave them to us.