Think of your God as a tent-dwelling God who has pitched his tent right in your family room!
Rather than a manger scene, John begins his gospel with the creation motif proclaiming that the WORD (i.e. Jesus) was the means by which God created the world. He writes, "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." (John 1:3) Then in John 1:14, he amazes his readers with these words, "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." We see the glory of God, because Jesus "made his dwelling among us."
In the incarnation, God revealed his relational nature and his desire for missional partnership. To put it simply, God loves to dwell in our midst and compel us towards his purposes and plans. The Greek term (skénoó) for "dwelling" is literally "to pitch or live in a tent".
The concept of "dwelling" shows up early in the Old Testament. First, there was the "tent of meeting". If you've never heard of that, take a moment and read Exodus 33:7-11. Back in the days of the Exodus, Moses would go outside of the camp and meet with God in a tent called a "Tent of Meeting". It was a sacred place where God's presence would overshadow or dwell (Luke 1:35, Acts 5:15). The Lord would talk with Moses as a man talks with another friend (Exodus 33:11). Then, there was the Tabernacle (Exodus 25-27) and after that the Temple (1 Kings 6, 2 Chronicles 3). Both demonstrate God's relational nature and his desire for missional partnership.
In the New Testament , God's "indwelling" nature is expanded not only by the reality of the incarnation (i.e. Jesus took on human form), but also by the presence of the Holy Spirit indwelling believers. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:19, "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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies."
Paul's words to Roman believers explains a lot about the Christian life, "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you." (Romans 8:11)
As believers, we are temples of the Holy Spirit. As He dwells in our lives we are filled with resurrection power, purpose, and life. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you today with His life-giving presence.