Becoming poor is a central theme of the Christmas story.  A few hundred years of prophecy, a string of angelic visitations and a handful of miracles— the long awaited dream ended up being the high King of Heaven downsizing from the throne room to living homeless.

The Hallelujah Chorus is sung because God chose to live in crisis.

2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

All sorts of people have become poor against their better wishes.  But who chooses to become poor when they do not have to?  That is what Jesus did when he descended to live among us.  He set aside the glory of Heaven for the gloom and dust of broken humanity. 

When he asked the rich young ruler to sell everything and follow him, He spoke of something he was experiencing himself. 

How have you experienced wealth?  For some, it is cash flow and the freedom to choose how and where they spend their time.  For others, wealth comes in the form of power and influence. 

If Jesus asked you to become poor to follow him, what would that look like for you?