There are many wonderful, powerful truths we can learn from metaphors. They are significant because they help us picture a reality in a more clear and solid way.
One of the very powerful things that “the manger” signifies is “your and my heart”
Here’s the significance that takes on a new life for me. And, I hope you’ll spend some time this month thinking about this for yourself.
The ultimate reality is the fact that Jesus “incarnated” (took on the form of flesh) for a purpose:
- To give His life FOR the world (in 33 years of example and ultimate sacrifice for our sin)
- To give His life TO you and me, individually, to navigate daily life in a far better way.
Jesus giving His life for me is crucial lest nothing else matters in the long run. However, Jesus giving His life to me means I have the privilege of counting on Him to live His life in me and through me!
Life Is Impossible Without The Input Of An Ability Much Greater Than Yours. So, You And I Are Wise If We Stop Attempting To “Go It Alone!”
So many Christians waste so much time with the struggles of attempting to use their own abilities to climb impossible mountains (and one’s they mistakenly think are possible) than no human is equipped to climb.
[btw…that means the Lion’s share of everything you and I face everyday]
Oh, yes. At times we can do a passing job at some of the the “little things” of life with natural effort and talent. But, in the end that adds up to a mediocre existence….not LIFE.
He is able to do exceeding, abundantly beyond whatever we ask or even imagine according to the power that is at work within us. Eph. 3:22 HIS LIFE IS THAT POWER WITHIN US.
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Jesus came into the plain, simple, rough manger of your heart. He gave Himself to you! His desire is that you allow the abundance of His life operate in you and for you starting this season of celebration.
It Starts With A Seed
The life of Jesus in flesh started as a baby. From there he increased in stature and favor with God and man (Luke 2:52).
Jesus Is The Word and His Scriptures Are “Word Seed”
Start your day (daily) this way:
Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,” “Lord, I consider myself dead to sin and alive to Your life that is in me. I ask You to take over.”
When that, or something like that, becomes the intentional prayer declaration (that you even remind yourself of throughout the day), the seed will grow.
I believe there is no greater delight in the heart of God than to see His children depending on Jesus to daily do what He promised. Abundant Life. The promise of abundant life in John 10:10 is not “stuff.” There may be “stuff” that results, but if we want to experience abundant life, then we must recognize that it is His Life that gave to us and wants to live in an through us.
Be conscious about it. Be purposeful and intentional. Plant and nurture the seeds and let Him do His thing.