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Our Witness at Christmas Time

1 Peter 2:12

 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Life ChangeAs we approach Christmas – the world is headed in one direction (buy and sell and get stuff) while the Christians should be more focused on the birth of Christ and spreading love to those around us. Christians can get caught up in the secular buying and selling – in order to get gifts for folks or being able to afford them (working longer hours). We often need to refocus ourselves to spend more time teaching ourselves – our children – and our grands – what Christmas is all about for sure.

Living our lives in such a way – even during the hustle and bustle of Christmas – that others around us will see Jesus – is what we are called to do. Being able to put Jesus first is what Christians are called to do in life – and Christmas is no exception.

In today’s passage (and I always use NIV unless I say so) – we’re told the following: Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. That word pagans seems so harsh – but what it means is the ungodly. In Biblical days – one was either a follower of God (the One true God) or one was a pagan (a godless person).

Here’s a few other translations that soften it some – I think. 1 Peter 2:12 (The Message) – Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives. 1 Peter 2:12 (NLT) – Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

As we enter December in a few days – let us remember to keep our eyes on Jesus. Let us spread love to all we run into through the weeks leading up to Christmas (and beyond). As far as it depends on us – let us live in peace with one another and shower the love of Christ-mas to all! (By-the-way – please don’t take Christ out of Christmas – even if somone convinces you X is a Christian symbol that represents Christ.)

Don’t let gifts or their expense hinder our witness. Don’t let politics on the left or right deter us from showing love. Let us no fret the coming year or anything. Let us focus on Jesus and His love for us – to come to earth as a babe – to later grow into a man – to later die on the cross for our redemption. Without Christmas – there would be no Good Friday or Easter!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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