For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, he has all the power of God. But yet he lowered himself to a poor man, beaten and hated by the world, so he can save the world and give us eternal life.
Many people when they see the words rich and poor, they automatically think of wealth. But what God is telling us is on a higher level, richness is eternal life, poverty is death. How will money favor you if your dead?
Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 2 Corinthians 8: 11-12
Charity begins with the heart, its not about how much you give but your wiliness to give what you have. I think about the story of the Poor Widows Offering in Mark 12:41-43
Many rich people were putting large amounts in the treasury but Jesus observed a poor widow who only gave 2 coins, but that was all she had. Her gift was greater because she gave from the heart
But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: 2 Corinthians 8:14
But as a family, as a Church, as neighbors we should help each other out whenever someone is in need. Then when we are in need someone should help us out also. God intended there to be economic equality not Rich and Poor.
As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. 2 Corinthians 8:15
Paul quoted a command God gave to the Israelites in Exodus 16, when God was supplying them manna in the desert some received more than others. But when they combined all the mana together there was more than enough for everyone.
This is a valuable lesson as God has supplied some of us with more than others to see what we will do with our abundance. The same is with our Lord Jesus who has everything but gave us everything so we can live also. Remember there is richness thru poverty when you trust God in Jesus name Amen