By Connie Goodson, Children’s Director
Christmas is sticky! At least that’s what our FaithKids at Faith Bible Church are learning this December through their “Sticky Christmas Devotional Pack.” The Christmas season is full of sticky things from candy canes to chocolate fudge, wrapping presents with tape to the pine needles on our Christmas trees. Lots of sticky things.
Have you ever thought about what should really “stick to us” through the Christmas season? There is so much hustle and bustle (most all of it is great fun…) that sometimes we let the wrong things stick with us. You all know where I’m heading: that the truth of Jesus Christ coming to the world to be our Savior should be the one thing that sticks to us not just through Christmas but the entire year.
But how do we do that? How do we, as Christians, find ways to focus on Christ during a time where our lives get so filled with the special things of this holiday time?
The first thing to always remember is that Colossians 1:17 teaches us that “He (Jesus) is before all things and in HIM all things HOLD together.” (Emphases on those words is mine.) Jesus will do the holding together; we are to be faithful to believe and trust Him.
At our births, our parents gave us a name. That name has stuck with us our entire life. Sometimes our names have deep meanings and maybe in some ways connect us to our parents/grandparents and other family members. Whenever we hear a name of a friend or family member many things we know about them come flooding to our minds and we have a picture of who that person is.
What about some famous people? Can you mentally make a list of some names that we’ve heard about on the news, successful singers, superstar athletes or talented actors? When you hear a name like Clinton or Trump, Westbrook or Durant, Carrie Underwood or Dolly Parton lots of instant thoughts come to your mind. The ads we’ve heard have stuck with us, the news reports have left good and bad memories, the songs we’ve heard we can almost sing word-for-word. Those names and events have seemed to be glued to our minds and we can’t get rid of them. Even if we don’t want to remember, just the mention of certain names conjures up all sorts of thoughts and ideas. How can we get our minds to focus on the right things, the good things?
Here’s something that the Bible reminds us to do and hopefully it will encourage you: Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Enter the names of Jesus. Wouldn’t you love it if those names stuck in your mind all the time?
What comes flooding in your mind when you hear the name Immanuel? King of kings? Prince of Peace? Bread of Life? Bright and morning Star?
Just take a moment and dwell on the name of Jesus. The perfect Son of God, the Savior of the world, the Redeemer; the Forgiver of Sins; the Way the Truth and the Life. The Light of the World.
Yes, Jesus is the Light of the World, the Alpha and Omega, the Mighty God and Wonderful Counselor and this Christmas we celebrate Him. When we think of Christmas we want Jesus to stick in our minds. We want Jesus to be what our children think about when you ask them why we celebrate Christmas. We want the truth of who Christ is to flood our minds and heart and to stick to us like superglue!
We know these truths yet we get so distracted by so many other events and circumstances. This Christmas, focus on the names of Jesus and remember Him for all He has done for us. The angel told Joseph is Matthew 1:21, “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” He has come to save us. Let that thought stick to you.
My prayer for you is to have a Merry STICKY Christmas as you rely on and remember the truth that Jesus, and only Jesus, holds all things together.
Immanuel…God with us…