During the Christmas season, you're going to be around friends, fellow workers, or family members who know nothing of Christ, know nothing of what this story is about, know nothing of their need for a Savior. It's tempting to be preachy. But people don't come to your house for a Christmas party to hear you preach at them.
Make your life preach so that you have the opportunity to tell the story.
I think there are ways that we can share the gospel that are offensive, and maybe, lack the themes of the mercy of this story.
What I would suggest is that you do everything you can to incarnate the love of Jesus in your responses to people? How about being an example of his mercy, his grace, his forgiveness?
There is a moment in 1 Peter 3 where it talks about someone coming to a believer, asking him about the hope that is in him—a person needing evangelism going to the evangelist. Why? Because they've seen something in his life.
Wouldn't it be wonderful at Christmas for you to live such a beautiful, loving, gracious life that someone would say to you, "What makes you tick? You're so patient, you're so kind, you're so loving." That would be a platform for talking about the coming of Jesus to somebody who actually is hungry to hear the message.
Make your life preach so that you have opportunities to tell the story.
We must be careful to guard the true meaning of Christmas, keeping it from becoming about busyness and bondage to creation.
In this season, the very message we have staked our lives on gets obscured by the message of the world.
Be intentional to focus on the gospel this Christmas. Here are some suggestions for how to do this in your marriage this year.