Sunday, December 18, 2022
“Living as an Example”
1 Peter 3:15-17
At Christmas time, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The savior of the world has been born in a stable and is sleeping in a manger. Throughout the season, we focus on different themes. In fact, each Sunday of Advent recognizes a different theme: hope, love, peace, and joy. These words mean a lot to us for many different reasons. In today’s scripture, we learn that one of our jobs as Christians is to share how and why these words have meaning. Verse 15 tells us to “always have an answer about the reason for the hope you have.” This is a charge to be able to share with people why we have hope. Do you have an answer for that question if someone were to ask you?
Even more so, do you live your life in a way that would lead to someone asking you why you have such hope in Jesus? People will never wonder why Christians are different if our lives don’t look any different at all. Verses 16 and 17 go on to instruct us to live our lives in such a way that no one can find any reason to say bad things about us. The truth is, people will always find a reason to talk down on others, but we can live in a way that takes away any ammunition from those who wish to discredit us. This Christmas season, as we reflect on the hope, love, peace, and joy of the season, let’s also reflect on how we can embody those very themes in our own lives.
Prayer: Dear God, this Christmas season, help me to live my life in a way that shows the world the hope, love, peace, and joy that can only be found in you. Amen.