2 Corinthians 8:9 .. You know of the loving-favor shown by our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, but He became poor for your good. In that way, because He became poor, you might become rich.
This verse of the Bible has led many believers to imagine our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, to be a poor man while He walked the earth. And that following in His footsteps, we are to be poor as well. But this verse is truly about the covenant exchange between God and man. There is no doubt that He gave up much riches in heaven, when He made the decision to come to this earth. Compared to His life in heaven, His life on earth may have seemed relatively poor. But, by man’s standards, Jesus was no poor man. Here is some scripture to explain ..
Luke 9:13 .. But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing more than five loaves of bread and two fish-unless we go and buy food for all these people.”
Jesus does take this opportunity to provide a feeding miracle for the masses. However, He does tell the disciples to feed them. In the book of John, the disciples disagree with Jesus over having to go and spend a year’s wages to feed the hungry crowd. However, He must have had the money or He would not have told His disciples to go and buy food for the huge crowd.
John 19:23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.
The very garments of Jesus had enough value that the Roman soldiers gambled over His clothing. And remember, Jesus had a treasurer which means He had a treasury. There was theft concerning this treasury for over 3 years, that was not discovered until Jesus made mention the fact.
Jesus was tempted as all men are tempted. The Bible is filled with warnings about riches becoming a god to man. Therefore, prosperity would have been a greater temptation than poverty. God does not come against us having riches, but He does warn us not to allow the riches to have us. Money in and of itself, is not good nor evil. It is the motivation and the attitudes towards money, that God is concerned with in each person’s life. It is wrong to allow money to take the place of God in our minds or in our hearts. When money becomes our focus or when money becomes our god, then riches have become a stumblingblock for the Christian.
Jesus had twelve disciples that gave up everything to follow Him. There had to be money to support them. Just as today, riches are needed for the kingdom of God to continue to grow and become established on this earth.