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Living in Christ

Philippians 2:12-16

Verse 15 …so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

Today we reach the end of our Advent study. We have talked about hope, peace, joy, love and ultimately Christ. We can’t leave these gifts in the Christmas season. Just as the disciples were to carry on His mission, we too are commissioned to carry out His ministry. We know we are to live out the hope, peace, joy and love of Christmas but we can’t stop there.

Paul knew this truth and points it out in our reading. We are to see live in such a way that shows we are His children. Our lives should be growing more and more in the way of hope, peace, joy and love but even more as lives lived in a way that shows His way. As His ambassadors we are to live without grumbling and arguing. Those two things reveal a lack of hope, peace, joy and love in our lives.

Paul was trying to help us understand that to be a light to this dark world means living as the Light of the World. We can’t live like those around us and think that we are going to be the ambassadors for Christ that we are called to be.

We have been called to shine for Him and we can’t do that if we are living for self. Living for Christ is the only way to shine His light in the darkness. This is something to remember always and so as we journey into a new year it is a perfect time to evaluate the truth about how we are living.

If we aren’t spending time in Bible reading, prayer and fellowship with other believers we will easily forget how we are to be living. We need to make this new year the point in our lives that we make the decision to live as the Light. This is the year that we should show those around us the hope, peace, joy and love that comes with living for Christ.

We have heard the question, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough to convict you?” Maybe another question would be, “Would you come to mind if someone was told the definition of a true Christian?”

Making It Personal

How would you answer that last question? Do you interact with the people you come into contact with in a way that reflects Christ’s hope, peace, joy and love? Who has lived Christ in front of you that you should thank?

Making It Personal Kids

What are some things that you should do to live like Jesus? Who have you noticed that lives like Jesus? How about drawing them a picture or writing them a note to thank them.

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for the many gifts You give us through Christ. Give us wisdom and the desire to live in ways that bring You the greatest glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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