Last night, on our BlogTalkRadio interview I asked Craig McNair Wilson what the world would be like if Jesus hadn’t been born and got an answer I wasn’t expecting. He answered the question with another question (something Jesus did often, actually). It’s a sobering question and one we all need to ask ourselves, and ask ourselves again and again and again: Does it make any difference?
If Jesus had never been born we’d all be living on our own. Well … are we living on our own anyway? Are we living on our own even though we know we can be living and walking in Him? Are we counting only on our own resources, or are we counting on Him? To what degree are we on our own? To what degree are we depending on Him?
This is not a theological question at this point; it’s a practical living question — a question about our day-to-day existence. Theology aside for a moment: Would our lives be any different if Jesus hadn’t been born?
Or to put it another way: If someone followed us around for a day, would the fact that Jesus had been born show up in our lives in some real way? Does our living announce the birth of Jesus in some tangible way every day?
Think about this. Could any of this describe you? Christ was born and I’m living a life of worry. Christ was born and I’m living as if I had the world on my shoulders. Christ was born and I’m harboring animosity towards someone. Christ was born and I’m scared the death. Christ was born and I’m facing my challenges alone. Christ was born and I’m frozen in my inadequacy. Christ was born and I’m living in isolation. In other words, Christ was born, but my life denies it.
This is not to put anyone on a guilt trip, because we are not under law, but under grace, but are we taking advantage of the power and presence of God made available through Jesus? Christ was born; so what? Do our lives give evidence to the fact that Christ was born? How?