“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus.” Luke 1:31
Have you ever thought what must it have been like for Mary to carry God in her womb? The virgin birth is much more than a simple Christmas story; it is a picture of how of far Christ will go to come to you. What He did with Mary, He offers to us!
Throughout scripture we see the fact that Jesus lives in His children. To His apostles, Christ declared, “I am in you” – John 14:20
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians was “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” – Ephesians 3:17
“Christ in you, the hope of glory” – Colossians 1:27
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.” – Revelation 3:20
Jesus lives in His children just as that little baby lived in Mary. Christ grew in Mary until He had to come out. Christ will grow in you until the same occurs. He will come out in your speech, in your actions, in your decisions. Just like Mary delivered Christ the Savior to the world on that first Christmas, we have the opportunity to deliver Christ into the world each day.
The world was in desperate need of a Savior and only God could provide one. He will do what you cannot do. If someone deposited a million dollars into your checking account you would look that same on the outside, but are you? Not at all! With God in you, you have a million resources that you did not have before. Can’t stop drinking or worrying? Christ can. And He lives within you. Can’t forgive that offense, forget the past, or forsake your bad habit? Christ can! And He lives in you. Paul knew this.
“For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” – Colossians 1:29
Like Mary, you and I are indwelt by Christ. Find that hard to believe? How much more did Mary? No one was more surprised by this miracle than she was. And no one was more passive than she was. God did everything. Mary didn’t volunteer to help. What did she have to offer? Even though she offered no assistance, she also offered no resistance. Instead, Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” – Luke 1:38
Unlike Mary, we tend to assist God, assuming the role we play is as important as His. Or we resist, thinking we are too bad or too busy. Yet when we assist or resist, we miss the incredible gift of God’s great grace. We miss out on the reason we were placed on earth — to be so pregnant with heaven’s child that He lives through us. To be so full of Him that we could say with Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” – Galatians 2:20 So be a picture of Christ to a lost and dying world this Christmas every day.