In our series of messages through Philippians we have clearly seen that living for Christ and the gospel necessarily means that we must live in a manner worthy of the gospel. We must exercise discernment (1:9) and work out what it means to live as a follower of Christ in our day (2:12-13).
In his most recent blog entry, Dr. Albert Mohler provides a good example of this in relation to the toys we buy our children at Christmas. The toys we buy our children at Christmas? Yes, the toys we buy our children at Christmas. Every facet of our lives must conform to pursuing and proclaiming Christ, and this means we must exercise discernment in the toys our children play with. Mohler specifically deals with the toy phenoms Barbie dolls and Bratz dolls, which, as he clearly shows, both embody ungodly cultural ideals. How sadly ironic that many people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by giving gifts to their children which embody the exact opposite of what Christ came for (Titus 2:11-14).
So at this Christmas season, let us continue to work out our salvation and show to the world the pure and holy joy that comes from pursuing Christ!