What Does the Birth of Jesus Have to Do With the Way You Live Your Life?

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What Does the Birth of Jesus Have to Do With the Way You Live Your Life?

In one of the churches I served as pastor I used to designate a few Sundays a year as “Ask the Pastor Sunday”.  On these Sundays, the sermon would consist of Biblically based answers to questions submitted in advance.

I soon discovered that adults mostly asked questions like “Did Jesus really walk on water?” Did Jonah really get swallowed by a whale?” And “Was it actually a whale?” “Does God forgive?” “Yes” or “no” questions. Easy to answer questions. I could always find a Bible verse to support my answer.

But teenagers were different. They usually asked questions like “So what if Jesus walked on water?” “If God forgives, why do I have to be good”? They asked questions about how they should live their lives. That’s the trouble with teenagers (and some adults). They ask questions not so easy to answer. A simple “yes” or “no” won’t work. You’ve got to answer “why and how”. Oh yes, the answers are in the Bible, but you have to work at finding them. You can’t get by with quoting a scripture verse or two and saying the words “The Bible says… “. I guess that’s why it’s called Bible study.

As I’m writing this post, it’s just a few days before Christmas. I believe that as we in the church celebrate the birth of Jesus, the celebration is in part an answer to a “yes” or “no” question – “Is Jesus real?”  Our Christmas celebration helps reassure us, “Yes, Jesus is real”. Most of us are satisfied with that reassurance and then as we move into the new year, we go back to living our lives the way we did before.

Maybe, like many teenagers (and some adults), the question we should really ask is not the simple “yes” or “no” question “Is Jesus real”? Or something like that. Maybe the question we should all ask this Christmas (in fact, all year long) is “What does the birth of Jesus, about 2,000 years ago, have to do with the way I live my life today?” And then, take time for prayer and Bible study, to discern God’s answer, which might very well include directions as to how and why God wants you to change something about your way of life.

Grace and peace, Ray

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