"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Have you ever asked yourself why God choose to put on flesh and live in this world? Why did Jesus live here for thirty three years? Why didn’t He just come down here, be crucified, and resurrect? Why live thirty three years on earth?
I believe it’s because God has something to teach us about how we live on the earth.
The years between Christ’s birth and ascension have significance for believers. It’s the key for the tension we face on a daily basis. The tension between living on this earth while longing to be made whole in the life to come. This is why Christ’s thirty three years matter and how we are meant to live on the earth.
We were made to dwell.
Yes, we are called to share the Gospel, but more than a Gospel presentation, our lives are meant to be Gospel incarnation. The Word of God being lived out through our flesh. The way Christ treated people, dwelt amongst them, responded in confrontation, and lived each day with specific purpose is the perfect framework for a believer today.
Do you find yourself struggling as you try and figure out how to connect your daily life to your core belief in faith? It might be because you are struggling to dwell amongst people.
This is different than hanging with your crew. Different than staying up late watching Netflix with your spouse. Reread the Gospels and see how Christ interacted with those around Him. Your faith is not separate from your living. It’s not something you settle once then pick back up after you die.
Here are some examples on how to dwell:
Simply put: be a person of justice, mercy, kindness, and humility. Live out your faith daily and dwell where God has uniquely placed you.