PART 3: WHEN GOD CAME TO LIFE IN US
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (1 John 4:7-16)
Traditionally, when you think about Christmas, you think about Jesus Christ coming as an infant into the world — and you should.
It was a turning point in history. But if you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you know there is another point in time to treasure and remember as you wait on the Lord: the day He came into your life.
This day looks different for different people. Some were children when they met Jesus and never departed from Him; some were at concerts, some were in prison and some had been going to church for decades. Some people remember the exact moment they asked Christ to be their Lord. Some can’t call up the memory; they just knew, at some point, that they were His.
A friend of mine once said, “Sometimes salvation is like a light switch and sometimes it’s like a sunrise, but either way it’s beautiful.” Whatever your story looks like, it is beautiful because of its Author.
This week, you will study the New Testament to learn about the early disciples’ first encounters with Christ and how the Lord works as He takes up residence in your life.
PRAY AND REFLECT
Take a moment and REMEMBER when you first put your trust in Jesus as your Savior
God isn't neutral. God creates and transforms us into new creations.
Do you (and others) notice the transformation God has made in your life?
(written by Chris Thompson