Poor People (Part 8)
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His Appearance that we should desire Him.
Isaiah 53:2 (NIV)
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, 'Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had.'
Mark 12:41-44 (NASB)
For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)
Who would imagine the Prince of Heaven would choose to look like an ordinary Man? That He would descend to earth, not like the God He is, but as a helpless Infant? That He would lay aside His crown and majesty to example a simple life.
Therein, don't be deceived: Poor people may appear insignificant, but they're not. To God, they're not just discounted masses, but individuals of great value. To God, fans aren't just frivolous groupies, but lost lambs longing for the right leaders.
To God, consumers aren't just dollar signs, but hungry hearts hoping for fulfillment. To God, refugees aren't just a nuisance, but crying children begging for shelter.
To Jesus, a poor widow was wealthy. She gave the temple's largest donation. To Jesus, she must have appeared lovely. Her generous heart was all in to God.
To Jesus, I give my undying thanks, because His death covers my deficits. Here's the thing: I still need to get poorer. I must decrease and die more to myself. I'm not yet insignificant enough.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you serve in an unusual field. Entertainment requires you to shine. Just don't let yourself believe your hype. Continue to give God the glory.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.