God With Us
Volume 3, Day 358
His presence in the room was obvious. Everyone else was dressed rather formally. He had on a pair of jeans, a T-shirt and a weathered baseball cap. I couldn’t help but notice him as I addressed students that day in a Bible college hall in Bucharest, Romania. I have no idea why he didn’t wear the normal college uniform, but I do remember his name.
At the close of the meeting he came up to introduce himself. When I asked him his name, he answered, “Immanuel.” I was surprised by his answer and asked if he knew what that meant; he unashamedly replied, “Yes—‘God with us!’ ”
I’ve often thought about that young man and how he stood out in the crowd. Just as Jesus came to bring the presence of God into our world—“Immanuel . . . God with us” (Matt. 1:23)—so too we are called to bring His presence into our world. Jesus made that clear when He said, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21).
This Christmas we can give the gift of God’s likeness through us. When our lives reflect the God who lives in us, we can be different from the world, and that difference can bless others with the transforming presence of His love and grace.