“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Consider who Jesus is based on John 1:1-18 alone. He is the eternal Word in eternal relationship with God. He is the Creator of the universe, the Life Giver, the Light Bearer, the Savior of humanity, God in the flesh, the only begotten Son of God.
Jesus is also the perfect revelation of God’s glory, full of grace and truth.
Grace and truth. Isn’t that what we need for 2019?
Truth. To see reality as it really is. To see life from God’s perspective. To not be deceived or misled by lies. To be able to navigate through this confusing, chaotic, noisy world with a clarity of thought and direction. To have a true north that guides us each step of the way.
Grace. To be loved with an everlasting love. To be forgiven. To be saturated with God’s mercy and kindness. To know that you are accepted in the Beloved, known, redeemed, adopted, embraced. To know that you are not condemned but welcomed into God’s family…given the right to be His child. Forever regenerated. Forever secure. Forever loved.
This is what it means to live for God’s glory in 2019. To know truth. To know grace. To walk in truth. To walk in grace. To speak truth. To show grace.
As believers, we often tend to be truth speakers without much grace or grace givers who water down the truth. But, when we are walking in step with the Spirit and becoming more and more like Christ, then we will manifest God’s glory through a life that speaks the truth of God while abounding in the grace, kindness, and compassion of God.
May God equip us in 2019 to live for His glory and impact this hurting, sin-infested world with the good news of Jesus Christ!