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Devotional - week of December 16, 2007


INCARNATIONAL LIVING

 

I beseech you therefore … that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your reasonable service.  Romans 12:1

 

The coming of Jesus to live on earth in human flesh is called His incarnation. Incarnation means “in flesh.” Jesus was God in human flesh. The term “incarnational living” is gaining momentum among some who believe in and experience their oneness with Christ. There is adequate biblical evidence of the correctness of the term.

 

All Christians have the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9). In Ephesians 5:18 Paul admonishes believers to be filled with the Spirit. Because Paul was being filled with the Holy Spirit, he could write, “For me to live is Christ.” Because of his being filled with the Holy Spirit, Christ was living through Paul. He was experiencing incarnational living.

 

Romans 12:1 shows that God wants to live again on earth in and through the bodies of believers. The thought is vividly expressed in Romans 6:13 where Scripture tells us to make our members—the members of our bodies—available to God so He can express His righteousness through them.

 

First Corinthians 6:13 declares that our bodies are for the Lord. First Corinthians 6:19 says that the believer’s body is the temple of God. First Corinthians 6:20 exhorts us to glorify God in our bodies.

 

A pastor repeatedly said in a sermon, “God is looking for a body.” He did not use the term “incarnational living” but he was expressing God’s desire for each believer to experience incarnational living.

 

We make our bodies available to God when we are free from living out of the flesh—our know-it-all attitude. Because our flesh was spiritually crucified at our conversion (Galatians 5:24), it is possible for believers to be free from control by the flesh.

 

To experience freedom from the flesh controlling our lives, we must first believe that our know-it-all attitude was crucified when we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In addition, we must refuse living out of our know-it-all attitude.

 

When we continue to do those two things, we continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit andChrist has become our life. When Christ is our life, we are experiencing incarnational living—God has available bodies through which He can express Himself visibly and audibly.