“The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” John 1:14, The Message
When Christ moves In the neighborhood lives are changed.
As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, my mind ponders on Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” Christmas is a joyous occasion of celebrating Christ’s move to our neighborhood on Earth.
When Christ Moves Into the Neighborhood lives are changed
Christ in us the hope of glory, is more than a comforting verse, this is a call to action. Believers in Christ are to display Christ and hope to our neighbors. Imagine the potential impact if we lived out the call to show our neighbors Christ. Such a radial life requires bringing Christ with us to the everyday moments of life; the carpool line and inviting His presence at the soccer games. Conversations with difficult people would highlight His grace.
Be the Mr. Rogers of Your Neighborhood
When Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister broadcasted the show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood in 1968, he displayed the love of Christ to his make-believe neighborhood and viewers. As a champion for children, he understood their felt need for safety and belonging. With his hallmark cardigan sweater and a change of shoes, Mr. Rogers’ changed the lives of thousands, one trolley ride at a time.
What is in your hand?
Mr. Roger’s secret arsenal contained hand-knit sweaters, sneakers, and a compassionate heart.
What skills and hobbies do you possess that can represent the kingdom of God to your neighbors? Whatever is in our hand is of use to someone in our sphere of influence. If you can bake, you can deliver cookies or a meal to a widow, a single mom, or military mom. Can you sew? Perhaps, you can hem a skirt for a neighbor, help with the school program, or knit hats for the homeless shelter. Are you a hairstylist? Then perhaps you’d consider offering a makeover to the women’s shelter. Do you own a lawnmower? You can take care of the elderly widow, or someone in need.
When Christ moves into the neighborhood, He is out with people, seeing where He can meet a need.
As we celebrate the joyous occasion of Christ this Christmas, may we remember to display the hope of Christ to our neighbors throughout the year.