And they will call him Immanuel’ (which means, ‘God with us’)» (Matthew 1:23).
Is God «with» you?
Being married is a kick. I love it. I’ve got an instant date for anywhere I want to go; I don’t have to dress up for supper, and when I get to feeling romantic, I can just go find my wife and snuggle for a few minutes.
Since I run my own business, I sometimes have to travel away from home to take pictures or make a video or hold a seminar. Since my lovely wife doesn’t feel much like sitting in hotel rooms all day waiting for me to get back, she stays in West Virginia with her garden and ducks. I call her every night, and we tell each other that we’re lonely.
Now, let me ask you a question. When I’m away, am I still married? «Of course,» you say. «But I’m not with my wife,» I counter. «Yes, you are,» you insist. «You’re with her in your mind and heart.»
Exactly! Being married means I am a married man, no matter where I am. I don’t have to wear a wedding ring to let available females of the world know what’s going on. Instead, I act married. I speak married. My whole life is a wedding ring.
Let me ask you another question. Can you be a Christian without Jesus living next door to you? Of course. God is in your mind and heart. You act Christian, you speak Christian, you are Christian.
Remember that, no matter how far from home you wander.