Immanuel Voices

11.28.21 Christian Formation: Living the Presence of God

November 29, 2021

Isaiah 52:7-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; John 1:1-14.

Christian Formation is a process that followers of Jesus engage in personally and corporately to grow to full maturity in Christ. Christian maturity leads it incarnational living. That is a fancy way of saying that we partner with the Holy Spirit to let Christ live both in and through us. Often, we think of God’s work in big moments, Easter and Christmas, dramatic faith stories, and the like. However, mature faith is learning to let Christ live in and through us in the everyday moments. God transforms the ordinary to extraordinary by the power of His Holy Spirit. As we move through our days we bring the living presence of God into every conversation, opportunity and effort. It is not because we learn to strive to keep God in the front of our minds all the time, but because He is in us all the time and we learn the sound of His voice and the pressure of His nudge to action. We give Him permission use us in whatever way He thinks is best. This is incarnational living.

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