My husband and I have been nesting. Our house has been completely reorganised and everything is nicely tucked away from future baby’s curious hands (we think). For now, I can still hide that growing little bump, but in a few more weeks it will become more pronounced. Looking at maternity clothes, I realise that life cannot be hidden. From the first trimester morning sickness, to all the body changes, shifts in priorities, nudges, kicks and much anticipated baby bump, the little life growing within makes itself known and it is powerful!
At our very first ultrasound, baby measured just less than 4mm, but that tiny heart was already beating beautifully. All the changes that happen with pregnancy are part of the process of this little life growing and developing. It is amazing that such a small life can have such a great impact! A baby will always make itself known at some point, even if the mother manages to hide that pregnancy until the end.
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Life cannot be hidden.
The life within us cannot be hidden.
God’s life within us cannot be hidden.
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When we receive Christ in our hearts, we are born again, transformed in His spirit, and given eternal life to spend with Him. The life of Christ within us changes us; it is a testimony that shines brightly for all the world to see.
[John 1:4] says of Jesus,
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
[Matthew 5:14-16] says of us,
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
The life of Christ within us is the light of our testimony, the light of service and love towards others, the light of our worship, the light of our joy in every circumstance. The life of Christ in us is powerful. It gives us strength when we have none, a capacity to look beyond ourselves and serve others, an ability to change our ways and thoughts, to surrender ourselves so that we can become more like Christ.
That is the work of the Holy Spirit.
As [1 Corinthians 2:12-13] says,
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
The work the Holy Spirit does in us is not hidden. As we follow Christ, we become more like Him, and this genuineness of faith and life surrendered shines out. Life in Christ is celebrated, giving us an unquenchable joy in Him. It is generous, allowing us to give freely to others as we have freely received from Christ. It is a life set apart from the things the world chases, and this mindset of living for eternity stands out.
We all have life within us, the breath of God that gives us the years we spend on earth; but it also gives us eternal life, and life to the full if we will take hold of it. So believe, surrender and let the life of Christ in us shine brightly in our world!