Read: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though
he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by
his poverty might become rich. [2 Corinthians 8:9]
The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation…In the
Christian story God descends to re-ascend. He comes down; down from
the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity . . .
down to the very roots and sea-bed of the Nature He has created. But He
goes down to come up again and bring the ruined world up with Him. One
has the picture of a strong man stooping lower and lower to get himself
underneath some great, complicated burden. He must stoop in order to lift,
he must almost disappear under the load before he incredibly straightens his
back and marches off with the whole mass swaying on his shoulders.
With the way you currently view miracles or extraordinary “acts of God,” is it
even possible to consider impoverishment, being poor, a miracle?
C.S. Lewis considers it the chief miracle of Christianity. That, in Jesus, God gets
messy and deep in the complications of sin and death and in the realities of the
world, in order to lift us up and bring us to Himself.
The Apostle Paul explains it as Christ becoming poor that we might become
Let this fact, this miracle, work on your imagination.
If this is the case, how should I now think…
about money and possessions?
about saving and giving?
about feasting and fasting?
Pray: Almighty God, I thank You that, in your saving work and in Your love, You
are so unassuming. Help me see You in the poor, and in my own poverty.
Thank You for becoming poor for my sake and for Your prodigal grace
towards me. Help me to always remember that when I am low, poor, and
desperate, You have been there and are there in Christ to lift me up.