Paul mentions three “yet” statements in today’s verse. In 2 Corinthians 6:10, we read: “We may suffer, yet in every season we are always found rejoicing. We may be poor, yet we bestow great riches on many. We seem to have nothing, yet in reality we possess all things” (TPT). Let us break this down.
First, he says even though we suffer, we are always found rejoicing. We are glad. Paul tells us to rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Why? Romans 5:3 says, “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance” (ESV). We are rejoicing because we know it does not end with the suffering. The suffering is useful to us and will result in great fruit and so we rejoice.
Second, we read that even though we may be poor, we are generous and pour out our riches to many people. Despite our poor state, we give in abundance. But what do we have to give if we are poor? We can share our richness in Christ as we read about in Ephesians — the unsearchable riches of Christ (see Ephesians 3:8-9). We also read about this in Ephesians 1:7-14 which discusses redemption through His blood, forgiveness of our sins, receiving wisdom and insight, making known to us the mystery of His will, an inheritance, and the promised Holy Spirit. No matter what you have in your bank account, no matter what financial riches or lack thereof, a believer always can share the unsearchable riches of Christ with others. These are the greatest of riches, riches of eternal value.
Third, this verse says that even when we have nothing, we actually possess all things. This again brings us back to the unsearchable riches of Christ. This reminds us that our true possessions aren’t the house, the car, the technology, the stuff we build on this earth, but rather, we retain or hold firmly all things in an eternal perspective. Even though we bestow the great riches on many in this life, it doesn’t remove them from us. We do not lose these eternal riches in Christ because we poured them out to others. Rather, we still enjoy the same riches that we have shared in abundance. This, my friends, should lead us to continue to rejoice, through the good, the bad, the suffering, the blessings — through it all. We rejoice in every season because we are in Christ, because we know this life is only a moment compared to the eternal blessings to come, and because we have received the greatest blessing of all — life with Jesus!
Thank You God for Your son Jesus. Thank You for this great inheritance we have through Christ Jesus. Thank You for the Holy Spirit. Lord, we praise You today and always for Your great lovingkindness. May my lips forever praise Your great Name. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!