“The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory – the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father and he was full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NCV)
I often read different versions of a verse, like looking up a word in the dictionary – it gives us a different perspective. I read this verse in the New Century Version (NCV) and thought if the word became human, maybe we humans can become the word by letting the Word of God dwell in us. Can you imagine what the world would be like if all Christians really start letting The Word live in us – turn the other cheek, forgive, bless those who curse you, repent, not worry, cast our cares upon the Lord, obey, speak the truth, love people as we want to be loved, know we are the righteousness of God, His ambassadors, light, His glory and salt of the earth. Can you imagine if each of us took one truth and made one change in our lives a day or a week and let the Word of God direct our actions and responses to life. Not only will we be transformed, but the world around us will also be transformed. John 14:12 says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” How can we do even greater things? One, there are many more of us and two, because Jesus went to the Father and His Spirit lives is us than through faith and the Word in us we too can be the light of the world, salt of the earth and let the glory of the Lord be revealed in us. Now it is our turn to live out the Word. As Christmas gradually approaches, be reminded that The Word became flesh in Jesus and lived among us – Immanuel – God with us. We see His glory that only belongs to Him and that same glory can be seen in us if we let the Word of God shine through our daily lives and the glory of the Lord will be revealed in the earth.
Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for coming to live among us through your Son, Jesus. As we celebrate and reflect upon Your coming to live among us, let me be reminded daily that You also came to live in me. Lord, let your glory be revealed in me so I may transform the world around me that is stressful, hurried and hopeless. In Jesus Name!