The Year of Here
John 1:14 The Message
14 The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
Christmas is over. The wrapping paper is in the trash. The last box of decorations has been put back in the attic. Even the most festive of us is often ready to move on at the end of a long hectic Christmas season. While we move on from the cultural aspect of Christmas celebrations, we can’t make the mistake of moving on from the doctrine of the Incarnation.
The Incarnation is the central piece of the Christian faith. The theology of God clothing his glory in human flesh because of his driving passion to be close to us…to be in relationship with us…to simply be “here” and present with us…is the hinge on which all Christian belief swings. The Incarnation is not a theme that should be left in December or a conversation relegated to Advent. The fact that God became a man to pursue being close to us should have a profound impact in our everyday lives…not just at Christmas.
The Father sent Jesus into our “neighborhood” so we could see the glory of God with skin on. John says, “We saw the glory with our own eyes.” John witnessed the glory of God in Christ Jesus. It begs the question of us: Is it possible to live so incarnationally that we reflect the glory of God? To be so filled with His spirit that the people in our circle of influence are brought to a greater understanding of God just by the way we live our lives? The answer is an emphatic YES!
This is exactly what Jesus expected of his earliest followers and this is what he expects of us. I encourage you to stop and consider what changes or adjustments need to happen in your life so that people get a glimpse of his glory simply by interacting with you.
Lord, make my life the dwelling place of your glory. Align my life around the principles of your kingdom in such a way that those who interact with me are brought closer to you, simply because of their relationship with me. Change me so you can change them. In Jesus Name, Amen.