It is often interesting to learn why a person lives where they do. Although each story is unique, there are several themes that are often repeated. Work related issues, educational opportunities, love for family and relatives, and climate are common reasons many have for living in a certain area.
Christmas is a story about choosing a place to live. Isn’t that what John writes about in John 1:14:
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
God became human and lived among us. God chose a time and place that He, as Jesus, could live among the people He loved so much. Just as we have reasons for why we live where we do, Jesus had reasons for living where He did. He had work to do. Jesus knew from the beginning that His work on earth would be accomplished through His death and resurrection. Jesus came to teach and train followers who would take the good news of His life to the world. Jesus dwelt among us — His creation, those He had chosen to adopt as children of God. And in all of this, the climate was right. Not the weather, but the timing. In the fullness of time, Christ was born. When His time had come, Jesus was lifted up to be crucified. His dwelling among us had purpose. The church today exists because Jesus was willing to live and die at the right time, at the right place, and for the right reason.
Will you allow the Word to become flesh in your life? As you dwell among the world, is Jesus being seen in you? Has Jesus become flesh and dwelt in your community because He lives through you? I believe that God has placed His Spirit in each of His children so that as He lives among us, we and the lost around us would see the glory of the Father.
Where are you dwelling?