"For ye know the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sake she became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9
Rebekah and I began dating in junior high, and even back then, we always planned to have kids. We wanted the white picket fence, the perfect lawn, and a van full of little ones. We did not know any better at the time, but I am pretty sure that no one goes to an eighth grader for solid advice anyway. While the desire to have children was always with us, we decided that when we got married, we would wait before having kids and work on our marriage in the interim.
We got married and then we had to figure out when the right time was. We were not the wealthiest people, but it is true when they say that you will never be fully ready to have kids. After about three years of marriage, we thought it was time to enter into the world of parenthood. We were clueless as to the many sacrifices that would soon follow: sleep, time, food, and money. I guess we knew it would cost us something, but it is nothing you totally can prepare for. We did not know the full financials we would pay out over the years, but it began with paying our copay before we could even take our son home from the hospital.
We did not do an Excel spreadsheet and count the anticipated cost of food, clothes, shelter, and education because we were in love with the bundle of joy (and sleep-depriver) God had given us. Our son is now 18 and starting college, and I have not once given thought to what he has cost us over the years. I do know that our grocery and eating out expenses have decreased since he went to school, but I would gladly pay for his meal to eat with him in person. I never really thought about what any of our children have cost because they are part of me and I love them deeply. I am willing to help whenever the need arises, and I want the very best for them always. There is a love that develops with your children, and in many ways you are willing to become poor to meet their needs.
I love this verse in 2 Corinthians because it tells of the great sacrifice that our LORD Jesus Christ made for us. The God of the universe sent His Son to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. He knew the cost, but loved us so much that He became a willing sacrifice for our sin. He lived in Heaven with the Father, but was obedient to the Father's will and became the payment for our sins. He became poor in all manner of life so that we might reside with Him forever in paradise. He gave us riches which cannot be valued, and He adopted us as His very own. What great benefits we have the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, and there is nothing greater in this world than to have a personal relationship with the Father.
Where are you today friend? Have you truly experienced the grace of our Jesus Christ that makes us eternal heirs of God? If not, I pray that today would be the day you taste of His grace as stated in Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:," Will you experience His gift or will you live for all eternity in the poverty of your sin? You have only two choices for your eternal home, and may you choose to accept the gift from the One who gave all for you.
Stay in the fight!