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.
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.