Reading: 1 Corinthians 3: 16-23
Through Jesus we have a personal, tangible connection to God. Just as at Jesus’ baptism the Holy Spirit descended and dwelled in Him, so too does the Spirit come and dwell in us once we ask Jesus into our hearts. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we live with God’s presence within us. This personal, tangible connection is so much more powerful than God just dwelling in the temple or only being found in our churches today.
Because Christ dwells in us once we accept His Lordship, the living presence of God makes each of us holy. Once the Spirit dwells in us, we are carriers of Christ’s holiness, we are bearers of His light and love. There can be no presence of darkness in our hearts once Jesus dwells there. Yes, Satan can whisper lies and dangle bright, shiny objects before us, but he cannot abide in our hearts. Once we invite Christ in then Satan must work on the perifery of our lives. Once we begin to live as a Christ-follower, we are filled with Christ’s goodness and are able to tap into that to make Satan flee.
There also communal aspects to Christ dwelling in us. The living Spirit within causes us to look outward instead of inward. Christ living in us gives us eyes that see with compassion and empathy and understanding and hope and love. Through His eyes we see needs and places to share our faith. Through Christ’s presence in us we are moved to action, being His hands and feet in our world. This same outward focus helps us build community with our fellow believers. In the same way that we focus outward with those in need, we also look to be of service to one another and to our communities of faith. We share and use the gifts and talents that God has given each of us to build up one another for service outside the church walls.
The indwelling of God in us is a wonderful thing. It forever changed us and our role in the church and in the larger community. Each day may we live into all God calls us to be, allowing God to work in, through, and out of us.