“I am the vine you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)
Think back to January of 2020.
Things that are happening in our world today would have been truly unbelievable, indescribable. We are living through what would have been considered Hollywood worthy.
While these things may have taken us by surprise, while these things may seem overwhelming to us, nothing happening is taking God by surprise. And what is remarkable is that God placed churches like the Little Church on the Prairie and Lakewoodgrace and Christians all throughout this land so that God can show up everywhere there is a church and where Christians are present.
You see, Jesus promises to dwell and live in every Christian. Jesus is present in every church that bears his name.
Many are asking, “Where is God in all this?”
God is present, really present wherever Christians are. Christ is living in you.
C.S. Lewis writes: “Let me make it quite clear that when Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean simply something mental or moral. When they speak of being ‘in Christ’ or Christ being ‘in them,’ this is not simply a way of saying that they are thinking about Christ or copying him.
“They mean that Christ is actually operating through them; that the whole mass of Christians are the physical organism through which Christ acts – that we are his fingers and muscles, the cells of his body.”
You and I are placed in our communities to be Christ’s presence in our crazy world. We are strategically placed in our families and communities to be hope in a world that seems chaotic. We are placed in our social contexts to be Christ’s real presence in a world that is searching for meaning and purpose.
We are Christ’s body. God is at work wherever you are at work to be Christ’s presence to the people around us.
Continue with your calls. Keep sending notes, emails, and cards. Continue to check in with one another. More than ever, pray. Pray for our country, cities, and church. Every time we do, Christ is present.
Thank you for being the church. Thank you for being a blessing!