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For your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich

There are many - whose ambition in life seems limited to building a nice middle-class Christian home, and making nice middle-class Christian friends, and bringing up their children in nice middle-class Christian ways and who leave the sub-middle-class sections of the community, Christian and not Christian to get on by themselves. The Christmas spirit does not shine out in the Christian snob. For the Christmas spriit is the spirit of those who, making themselves poor - spending, and being spent - to enrich their fellow humans, giving time, trouble, care and concern, to do good to others - and not just their own friends - in whatever way there seems need. There are not as many who who this spirit as there should be. If God in mercy revives us, one of the things he will do will be to work more of this spirit in our hearts and lives. If we desire spiritual quickening for ourselves individually, one step we should take is to seek to cultivate this spirit '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' 2cor 8:9. 'you attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus' Phill 2:5

J.I. Packer - Knowing God

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