“For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.” Colossians 2:5 NIV
Absent but present. Spirit to Body.
This reminds me of one of the states of matter. Gas. Although it is absent in form, it is very present. How can we give gas or air a form to become a solid state of matter? We can capture it in a shell or some type of vessel in which it will then take the shape, form and appearance of that vessel in which it occupies.
God is a spirit. Not only so but when Christ arose from the grave to go back to his father, he sent us the Holy Spirit. And that Holy Spirit moves around us freely looking for vessels to reside in. Looking for a heart to dwell in. Looking for a temple (Body, Mind, & Heart).
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 KJV
When we made the decision to accept Christ’s sacrifice and receive the Holy Spirit we are no longer our own. Our lives become hid in Christ and we become physical members of Christ himself. He lives. There’s an old hymn that says, ‘He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me, along life’s narrow way. He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today. You ask me how I know he lives, he lives within my heart’.
1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV says “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”
He lives in each and every one of us who have made the exchange. So our battles are not our own because we are no longer our own. Our battles belong to God who is very present in our lives through the Holy Spirit that lives within us.
And he delights in us so much that he is patient with us because he does not want us to perish (2 Peter 3:9). He makes available every opportunity and lays out a way of escape every time. And when we delight in him, he gives us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4)
“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV
Be present in your family. Be present to your friends. Be present in your church. Be present in your neighborhood. Be present in your community. Be Present as he is Present.