The body of Christ was delivered in a manger. How we continue to celebrate the story of the infant becoming a man.
The body of Christ was born in a loft; in an upper room. How we continue to celebrate the story of the infant becoming a church.
All I want you to ponder for now is the extreme vulnerability of both; weak, threatened, and unknown.
J. B. Phillips expressed a synopsis of Acts this way:
It is impossible to spend several months in close study of the remarkable short book...without being profoundly stirred and, to be honest, disturbed. The reader is stirred because he is seeing Christianity, the real thing, in action for the first time in human history. The newborn Church, as vulnerable as any human child, having neither money, influence nor power in the ordinary sense, is setting forth joyfully and courageously to win the pagan world for God through Christ....
Where you live may seem rather infantile. Possibly you don't have the big attendance, the big education, the powerful speaker, or the generous giver. So quit looking for them.
Learn to pray in the upper room setting. Learn to wait. Learn to depend....on One; not all of the others above.
Jesus' double birth displays the prominent mind of God. Let Him be Him. Step out of the way...with incredible confidence. God knows how to get it done; even through we weak and ordinary sort!