Galatians 4:19 – “My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you—”
I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s easy to think of Jesus as not needing anyone. I tend to think of a Savior like a superhero, being a solo act. I then think about the Christmas story and Jesus needing his diapers changed along with his mother’s milk and comfort. I think of Joseph bringing Jesus along and teaching him to be what was likely a stonemason. I consider that in his ministry, Jesus depended on others to house him along the way. Jesus also brought along twelve diverse people to carry on His legacy and reflect his ministry to the world. To be human is to be interconnected and dependent on others who shape us into people who can help others.
As the end of 2020 draws near, it is not hard to think of ourselves as needing Jesus, but I would guess you haven’t given a lot of thought to Jesus wanting you for His purposes to be accomplished in 2021. Is your New Year’s resolution a complete surrender to Christ’s will?
The Apostle Paul described himself as a mother in labor pains until Christ was formed in the church of Galatia. Why? Because the Apostle Paul understood, until people allow Christ to be formed in them, they will not be able to fulfill Jesus’ purpose on the earth.
Jesus loves you and wants His love reciprocated. The Christmas story reminds us that God has chosen to partner with us and until we allow Him to do so, His perfect will is slowed down because there is no “Plan B.”
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ, that He may be formed in me by the power of the Holy Spirit. As I head into 2021, sober me by the reality that Christ’s formation in me is interconnected to your overall kingdom work. In Jesus’ name, Amen.