Advent Thoughts : The God of the Humble

Our culture is enamored with the wealthy and the powerful. Athletes, actors, politicians, and successful CEOs––these people just seem to matter more. Even as Christians, we are drawn to worldly standards of power and influence.

The story of Christ’s birth reminds us that God turns the world’s standards and expectations upside-down. He keeps His promises, but He often does it in a surprising way. Thus when Mary heard she would give birth to Christ, she cried out,

My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.

For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for he who is mighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

And his mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

he has brought down the mighty from their thrones

and exalted those of humble estate;

he has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

as he spoke to our fathers,

to Abraham and to his offspring forever. (Luke 1:46–55)

God  put his own glory on display by undermining the world’s wisdom. The Messiah comes through an unknown virgin from Nazareth. Eternal riches are promised to those who admit they are spiritually bankrupt. The King of the universe saves His people by dying on a cross.

Instead of the proud, it was the humble who were receiving God’s favor; instead of the rich, the hungry were being filled. Those who were insignificant in the world’s eyes would receive God’s mercy and steadfast love. This is still God’s pattern today:

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1 Corinthians 1:26–29)

This is an excerpt adapted from Radical’s new Daily Reading Guide for Advent titled “To Us A Son Is Given.”

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  1. The top richest people of the world at present are the following people.
    Jeff Begos-Amazon 53 years 100 billion dollars
    Bill Gates 89.4
    Warren Buffet 81.7
    Amanco Ortego (Spain) 75.9
    Mark Zuckeerberg 33 years 72.3 (Facebook)
    Carol Slim 63.5
    Barhard Arnaul;t 61.5
    Larry Ellison (Oracle) 53.9
    Larry Page 51.5
    Ingvar Kamprad 50.7

    Their total wealth is more than the total wealth of the bottom level half of the world population, 3.6 billion people.

    Among the poorest 25 countries of the world, 21 are in Africa and four others, Afganisthan-Kiribali-Solomon Island and Haiti. The standard of income for the poorest sector of the society is $ 1.25/day or less.

    We read two identical verses in the Bible, from the most prominent major prophet Isiah “The Spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me, because Lord appointed me to proclaim Good news (gospel) to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom of the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” Isiah 61:1

    JESUS Said ” The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news (gospel) to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom to the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” Luke 4:18.

    JESUS is the GOD of the humble and poor. He loves the rich too if the rich will be obedient and compassionate towards the poor. Once a very rich young man went to meet JESUS to be a full time disciple and follower of JESUS, JESUS looked at him with sympathy but firmly told him to sell everything and give to the poor. JESUS knew that this young man’s love for his wealth is far greater but had no compassion for the poor. The young man went home disappointed.

    If we have the spirit of GOD in our personal lives, we will have love and compassion for the poor.

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