“Christ in you, the Hope of Glory.” Colossians 1:27 NIV
The Virgin Birth is more than just another Christmas story; it illustrates just how close God wants to get to you.
In fact, He’s asking you the same question He asked Mary, “Are you willing to let Me move in?” Throughout scripture it’s always been His desire to get close to His people.
Jesus told the disciples, “I am in you” (Jn 14:20 NCV).
Paul prayed, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts” (Eph. 3:17 NIV).
John says, “Those who obey…live in him, and he in them” (1 Jn 3:24 NIV).
Paul wrote, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27 NIV), then he added: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20 NAS).
And Jesus said, “If anyone…opens the door, I will come in” (Rev. 3:20 NIV).
In the Old Testament God was with Adam and Eve in the Garden…He was with Abraham, and even called him His friend…He was with Moses and the Israelites.
But as a believer He’s in you – and He’ll keep growing in you until He comes out in what you say, how you act and the decisions you make.
Do you struggle with bitterness, worry, habits and fear?
Not Jesus! And because He lives in you, you have access 24/7 to His unlimited power!
That’s why Paul writes about “striving according to His power, which mightily works within [us]” (Col 1:29 NAS).
What’s in you? “His power!” What more do you need? Remember when the Lord appeared to Mary and she said, “Let it be…according to your word.” (Lk 1:38 NKJV)
Make that your prayer this Christmas!
By Bishop E. Earl Jenkins.