By Becky Miller
“The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14
The birth that changed the world must change us also.
Many years ago our family attended a small country church on Easter Sunday. I remember nothing of the sermon, but I have not forgotten the old gospel anthem that was sung. The music was simple and repetitive as were the lyrics. But somehow the words touched my soul and have stayed with me.
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole.
My sins were washed away and my night was turned to day
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul.
Such a simple expression of God’s incredible gift to us, but how complex is our ability to use this gift. Once we have God’s glory in our souls, what are we to do with it?
We can keep it in a box and look at it when we pass by.
We can display it like a talisman, boastfully sharing our gift.
We can put it in a safe to hold for the time we might need it.
Or we can invest it and share the profits it reaps with those around us, knowing that no matter how much we give away, there will always be enough left for us.
What changes when we decide to share God’s grace?
We become kinder.
We become open to others.
We can accept the outsiders, the weak, the lonely because that is what Jesus did.
This may not be an easy task, but remember God became flesh and lives among us. That can change us, and what we may not be able to do on our own, we can do in partnership with God.
The birth that changed the world must also change us! Or we have wasted the best portion of the gift.
May the glory of God shine in our lives!