At this moment, I’m sitting here waiting. I’m waiting for the opportunity to be with my daughter who is in labor to deliver her son. I am not able to be with her, but I’m present.
This concept has so many applications.
In a Christian’s life we always have the presence of God. Once we believe and accept salvation, Christ is present in us. The Holy Spirit is present with us and God the Father is present with us. Now, currently, always, without ceasing. We will never be alone. Christ in us. This is known as the great mystery and the great hope of glory.
Christ in us.
Salvation makes it possible to have a relationship with God. Christ in us makes it possible for us to be transformed. We have the presence of Christ in us to make us more like Him.
What does that mean?
It means we will do all we do in love. Christ told his disciples to do two things: love God and love others. These two things encompass everything and they display the heart and character of Christ.
Being present also means that all the promises and all the hope we have in Christ are current. They’re present. When taught English, we’re told about tenses. Present tense, past tense, future tense etc…All through the Bible when we read about where we are in Christ it is always in the present tense.
We are complete in Him.
We are strengthened by Him.
We are growing in Him.
We experience the promises of God through Him.
So many things, we experience now. We don’t have to wait until we are present with Him in Heaven to experience the joy of living for Him and Him through us.
A lot of times, we’re concerned about the past and worried about the future. This is a waste of time. We can’t do anything about either. We need to learn from the past and plan for the future. But, in all that we need to live in the present. Be in the present. Be where you are and with who you are with. Focus your heart and mind on what you’re able to do now – in the present. This is the gift we have. Today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised – but, today…today we can live and live fully!
I’m sure there’s more examples and more thoughts we can share on being present. It’s a beautiful thing. Enjoy this day you’re gifted. Be the best you you can be today. Be kind to others. Be thoughtful. Be helpful.
Be present. Make that your state of being today. And while being present, be aware. See around you the beauty of the gifts in this world and the gifts in those around you.
How will you practice being present today?
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
To whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27