Christmas Questions to Ponder
Lately, Christmas is hard to miss. Just after Halloween, stores
start hauling out Christmas candy, decorations, and gift ideas.
Thanksgiving is just a bump in the road to Christmas these
Although we’re inundated with Christmas tunes and
decorations galore at the store, Christmas over 2,000 years ago
had very little spectacle and flare. In fact, our Christmas of
today and the Christmas of then could not be more different.
Yes, there was undoubtedly chaos, confusion, and stress for
the little family at the center of the story; however, this blessed
and momentous occasion came and went. Except for a few
unlikely guests, most people passed the night without any
knowledge that the world’s Savior had come to Earth.
Can you imagine that something so monumental was so
inconsequential at the time? Jesus came, and although few had
foretold this event and many had been waiting for him, very
few noticed His arrival.
Of course, that singular and seemingly insignificant night
would change the world as we know it forever.
So how has it changed you? You can find that out by answering
the questions that came to light with Jesus’ birth and
subsequent death. They are:
• What are you living for?
• Who are you living for?
• What is your response to the manger?
They are seemingly innocent and simple questions, but the
answers are important and can change the way you operate.
Jesus came to call us to live for God’s purposes: “to seek and
save the lost,” to minister to the needy, and to reconcile people
to God. We have been called to love God and illustrate that
love to others by sharing the Gospel. Easy-Peasy right? Not
There are many competing offers—our careers, friends and
family, habits, greed, and desires—that’s just the tip of the
iceberg. In today’s world, we are bombarded with a multitude
of things to live for, and Christ sometimes gets the short end
of the stick. We have pushed God out of almost every aspect
of our lives: schools, courts, families, sporting events, and even
Christmas. Instead of living for God, we mold Him into a small
portion of our lives and then wonder why it’s not working out
as well as we thought it would!
The second question is, “Who are you living for?” I remember
sitting by the Christmas tree as a child, shaking one box here,
and squeezing another one there. Christmas was all about me! It
was about what I wanted and what I was going to receive.
Many of us live our daily lives the same way. Every opportunity
is received with the question, “What’s in it for me, and how is
this going to further MY hopes and dreams?”
Now imagine if we tweaked that question just a little and asked
our “wonderful counselor” what’s in it for Him, and what are
His hopes and dreams for us?” What kinds of answers would
When we live for and serve God, things change. Our
perception of others becomes softer. We are kinder, our hearts
are open, and our mouths are filled with words of love and
affirmation. We stop looking inward and start giving outward.
Finally, what is your response to the manger? Are you willing
to give yourself to Christ? Are you ready to heed his call and
love Him with all your heart and allow your actions to mimic
that love for others?
This Christmas, ask yourself these questions and do a little soul
searching. We need more people listening to our “Wonderful
Counselor and our Prince of Peace” and influencing others to
do the same.
FOR WISDOM WILL ENTER YOUR HEART, AND
KNOWLEDGE WILL BE PLEASANT TO YOUR SOUL.
DISCRETION WILL PROTECT YOU, AND UNDERSTANDING
WILL GUARD YOU.