Family Bible Study lesson for Dec. 30: The Challenge of Christmas
December 14 2001 by David Edgell , Philippians 3:1-14

Family Bible Study lesson for Dec. 30: The Challenge of Christmas | Friday, Dec. 14, 2001

Friday, Dec. 14, 2001

Family Bible Study lesson for Dec. 30: The Challenge of Christmas

By David Edgell Philippians 3:1-14 Christmas is a time for Christians to display our love for Christ. But shouldn't we display that love all year long? A popular contemporary Christian Christmas song, All Year Long by Larnelle Harris, illustrates the contrast we often have at Christmas:

He braced the old ladder with all of his might, And shouted, "Dad have no fear," As I stretched high to store the stockings and trim, In the attic for another year. We were busily packing our Christmas away, While singing a carol we knew. When I heard my son in innocence inquire, Do we store away Jesus too?

All year long, We must worship day by day. All year long, Tis the season to obey. May the Christmas tree lights, And the sleigh rides at night, Remind us all to stay in God's presence. All year long.

The Lordship of Christ on our lives should be evident continually. Philippians chapter three states several ways we can display the Lordship of Christ.

First, we must practice humility and continually surrender our lives to Christ. Verse three indicates that circumcision of the heart, worship by the spirit of God, glorification of God in Christ, and placing no confidence in the flesh are indications of genuine faith.

These are areas that are daily disciplines. They indicate that we are willing to surrender to Christ daily and live our faith in areas not always seen by others.

Second, as Christians we have a rich heritage and have seen God's blessings in many ways. However, we must remember that these are never reasons to place confidence in ourselves or even in our heritage.

Our confidence and dependence must be upon God. Christian heritage is lived out not by confidence in that heritage, but in the God of our heritage.

Worship should flow not from our tradition but from a daily walk with Christ.

That daily walk must include placing confidence in God and not in the flesh. It involves worshiping God with genuine surrender, giving glory to Christ, and removing the barriers of sin that separate us from Him.

Third, the Christmas season reminds us of the work of Christ in our world. He came "not to abolish the law and the prophets but to fulfill them" (Matt. 5:17). He came to show us that tradition is fulfilled in a dynamic love with our Savior.

The traditions around us should be a reminder that our confidence is not found in the traditions themselves or in our self-righteousness, but in Christ.

"But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith" Phil. 3:7-9.

Let's remember not to store away Christ with the Christmas ornaments but to live for Him all year long.

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