Live Everyday Like it’s Christmas

Live Everyday Like it’s Christmas

Live Everyday Like it’s Christmas

It’s become more or less a Christmas tradition that I rant about how people act around the holidays should not be just for the holidays. For about three to four weeks of the year everyone is jolly, charitable and treating others with honor and respect. Yet magically after New Years resolutions fall through almost everyone is back to being all about themselves. A similar situation happens with “getting right with God” around Christmas. Christmas is one of the three statistically most attended days for Church, but that attendance is not there for long. When I say live everyday like it’s Christmas I don’t mean putting a tree in your house or lights outside as a permanent decoration. What I mean is treat others and behave like you would around the holidays. Serve God and read the Bible like you would around the holidays.

 

Christians Should be like this Year Round

“For the grace of God had appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self–controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

–Titus 2:11–14 (ESV)

This passage is a very encouraging one until you try to put it into practice. Christians are called to live godly lives not a godly holiday season. My hypocrisy level is over 9000 right now. I don’t know a single person who does live a perfectly upright and godly life but I can generally tell when people are actually making the effort to do so and when people aren’t. I’m sure most people reading this can too and have their own list of people who become magically reasonable around the holidays. Point is Christians are to live godly lives out of the gratitude of the salvation Christ provided as the atoning sacrifice for our sin. Not to be saved but because we are saved.

 

Closing

While there is debate on the meaning of Chapter 2 of the epistle of James, any way you read it works are tightly connected to salvation. Part of salvation is doing works. Ryan and I both agree that works act as an indicator that you have in fact repented of your sin and turned to Christ. They do not save you in of themselves however they do evidence salvation. If Christians (Including myself) are only engaging in good works around the holidays the non–Christians are going to pick up on that. If the more mature Christians are only engaging in good works around the holidays the less mature Christians are going to repeat it. Live every day like it’s Christmas; it’s live a godly life not live a godly holiday season.

Christmas Part 2: Came as a Baby to be a Savior and Coming to be King

Came as a Baby to be a Savior and Coming to be King

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, fulfilling the prophecy in Micah 5:2. Conceived by the Holy Spirit in a virgin named Mary, He was born fully God and fully man. Jesus came as a baby to be our Savoir, the Messiah!

Messiah Jesus came to bring life to us through His grace. It was His coming which opened the door to the salvation of the Gentile masses. However, Jesus was not sent to the Gentiles, but the lost sheep of Israel to equip those who were His followers so that they could evangelize the entire world after He left.

The short story is that Jesus lived a sinless life, was crucified on the cross, died, and rose again! One of the reasons Jesus came was to set the captive free, and to open the eyes of the spiritually blind and the ears of the spiritually deaf (both were symbolized in His healing of physical blindness and deafness).

Jesus Christ came as a Savior, but He’s coming back again as King! One day, He will return to destroy this evil world and set up a new kingdom. He is coming in power and glory; whereas, last time He came in servanthood, humility, and suffering. Be Prepared—Christ is King and He is coming back!

 

Christmas Part 1: Christ the Messiah—God Still has a Plan!

The days were bleak and hopeless. National turmoil boiled within the Jewish nation for freedom from the oppression of the Romans. People didn’t know where to turn for hope and salvation. Many were ready to give their lives for a new order or rebellion. Then Jesus came.

In the midst of life’s most trying circumstances we don’t have to cower down, but can turn to our hope—the Messiah. As we enter this Christmas season let’s remember that the Lord sent Jesus to be the Messiah, the Savior, the King of this world. In the midst of one of the darkest moments of Israel’s history, the Lord sent a ray of hope; but it took thirty years before that hope was launched into ministry (and that only lasted for some extraordinary three and a half years).

Maybe you feel we are in a similar situation. The economy and country seem bleak and hopeless, yet God is offering a ray of hope: He still has a plan. Though times may get tougher, God will take care of His own (Matt. 6:33). God has sent His Son Jesus!

Technology and the times have opened up mission fields that never existed before. We have the capability to make a big impact if it is the Lord’s will. For this upcoming year get some goals together as you seek the Holy Spirit— your Counselor and Guide—asking Him to reveal what He wants you to do this year, what He has called and anointed you to do. When He responds, trust Him and let peace be the umpire. May Christ get glory from our worship this year in all the nations!