Incarnation is not a flower, but like a flower it is beautiful and glorious — the life of God animating physical matter. Describing Jesus Christ, John the Beloved said: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” God didn’t just give a teaching. He didn’t merely send a messenger. He became a human being.
Believers in Christ are also called to be incarnational (“Christ in you, the hope of glory). We are supposed to allow the Word to become flesh in us by allowing Christ to live out His life in our daily lives — just like a puppeteer lives out his life by animating a puppet.
It is not enough to talk about the Word or to understand the Word. Incarnation is allowing the Word to become flesh again by letting Jesus Christ actually live in us, direct us, and control our thoughts and actions.
Perhaps it is time for believers to move beyond theology and allow Christ to control our physiology — the way we move, the way we talk, the way we walk. Paul of Tarsus put it this way: “When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I was resolved to know nothing while i was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”
So how do you begin to live incarnationally? You give up your control of your life. You surrender control to Christ. You listen to Him and follow and obey whatever He tells you to do, no matter how uncomfortable it may make you feel.
Incarnational living is best learned in community. “When two or more gather in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” As Christians gather, the living Christ seeks to manifest and demonstrate Himself in their midst. (See I Corinthians 14:26) We are instructed to “Quench not the Spirit.” (In other words, don’t resist what Jesus tells you to do, but instead obey Him no matter what other people may think about you.)
If you would like to experience an incarnational gathering of believers that functions in obedience to God’s instructions in I Corinthians 14: 26, come visit The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN, 37207 on Sunday mornings at 10:45.