Christ chose lowliness when He lived among us. Yes, there was no room in the Inn when He was born but He intentionally introduced Himself into our world in a manger and not the courts of Rome. Why?
When God enters a manger, it becomes heaven. When His Spirit broods on a formless and void earth, Paradise is created. If He enters a dead society, He transforms it. He is comfortable with smallness, weakness and lack because He is infinitely creative and we can be too. I would define creativity as the freedom and ability to bring into being whatever you desire, using whatever you have. We do not need what we do not have, to obtain what we desire.
Where God’s Spirit is, nothing is insignificant. The smaller you can function, the bigger you can function. If Christ took on the form of a servant when He walked among us, servanthood has to be a privilege, yet we often avoid it like a plague, preferring to be served than to serve. Your ability to serve a million people depends on your ability to serve one person well. Joseph was not trained in the Harvard of his days but in slavery and prison. He learnt to serve the world by serving a family.
If you have one follower, one staff, one member, one client, one student, one child, serve them like they are bigger than the world because they are, potentially and you have the privilege of bringing out their potential. If you have only a widow’s mite, you have the wonderful privilege of using it to create something that will bless the world. What we need for creating is a spirit and a mind, not money. God was penniless when He made the heavens and the earth, and still is. He can do without money, thank you.
I used to think that the good news Jesus came to preach to the poor was that they could become rich if they wanted but I realize it is much more. I am realizing that the good news is that you do not need worldly wealth to create true wealth in the world. Instead, you need something whose “merchandise is better than silver and gold” and it is often easier to obtain when you are small.