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Set Your Mind on the Things Above

December 8, 2019


Set Your Mind on the Things Above

In the news have been cases  against a teacher  who told young students  there is no Santa Claus.      Some stand strongly  in defense  of the teacher,  and others very angrily  and vehemently  oppose her.      In all the comments being made  it is very obvious  that many have  absolutely no understanding  of the Christian faith  or of the historical evolution  of today’s Santa Claus.

There are many and widely varied facts  mixed with theories  and opinions  regarding the origin of Santa Claus  because all the ideas and traditions have evolved over many years  in many different countries.     Even in articles that acknowledge that many  concepts of Santa are definitely based on myths only,  one can find  people who are still willing to claim  that promoting  such myths is okay for Christians.     But,  in the end,  we should let God’s word be our  only guide.

The world can do  whatever it wants  regarding ever-changing traditions,  but Christians  need to consider  what God’s word says  about our day-to-day  way of being.      Paul tells us  in Colossians 3:1-3,

If then  you have been raised up  with Christ,  keep seeking  the things above,  where Christ is,  seated at the right hand of God.      Set your mind  on the things above,  not on the things  that are on earth.      For you have died  and your life  is hidden  with Christ  in God.

This is what  the world  should be seeing  in Christians  during the Christmas season.      But sadly,  they don’t.      With the greeds of people,  this time of year  has morphed  into something  very ungodly  for most people.      Those who are not Christian  often are aghast  at this so-called  “Christian”  celebration.      Some even falsely think  that Christians  are celebrating Santa — instead of  the birth  of Jesus Christ.

Because the stores  are filled  only with decorations  regarding Santa,  elves,  trees,  and reindeer,  many people really believe  that is what  “Christians”  are celebrating  as they give gifts,  have parties,  and big dinners.      Inappropriate behavior  on the part of Christians  has played a big part  in misleading  other people  regarding the coming  of our Savior  to this sin-sick world.

In the frenzy,  non-Christians  are more than willing  to take part  in the ever-evolving story  of Santa  and Christmas.      They wouldn’t dream  of acknowledging Jesus  as the Savior  of this world.      That very thought  repulses them.      But jolly Santa?      He’s something  they can party about — and get just as nutty  as those crazy  Christians.

So,  Paul has more to say  to us  in 2 Timothy 4:1-4,

I solemnly charge you  in the presence  of God  and of Christ Jesus,  who is to judge  the living  and the dead,  and by His appearing  and His kingdom:  preach the word;  be ready  in season  and out of season;  reprove,  rebuke,  exhort,  with great patience  and instruction.

For the time will come  when they will not endure  sound doctrine;  but wanting  to have their ears tickled,  they will accumulate  for themselves  teachers  in accordance  to their own desires;  and will turn away  their ears  from the truth,  and will turn aside  to myths.

Nobody knows  when Jesus was born.      But,  December 25  was set aside  as a special day  to celebrate  the coming  of our Lord and Savior  to this earth.      That — and that only — should be  what Christians celebrate  on Christmas Day.      As Christians  we should desire  sound doctrine,  instead of myths.

The world will do  what it wants.      We can’t change them.      But,  Paul solemnly charges each of us  in the presence of God  and Christ Jesus  to be the kind of witnesses  that stand strongly  in the wondrous truths  of God’s love  and salvation  for this whole world.      That is the only way  others will learn  the miracle  of what God has done  for us.

In the joy  and glory  of God’s love  in Jesus Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord Jesus,  thank You  for humbling Yourself  with such great love,  that we might come to know  and experience  the forgiveness  of our sins.”




A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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