Who Are You Leading Your Children To?

I have never sat on the knee of a Santa Claus (at least to my knowledge, my parents my say different.) Nor, have I ever had a desire to sit on the knee of Santa Claus. As previously stated in a couple different blogs, I do not believe in Santa and I will not teach my children that Santa is real. You may not like the stance I take on this issue and I am fine with that. I think it is wrong to lie to our children. And then turn around and expect them not to lie to us….come on, let’s use some common sense here. I promise, this is the last blog about Santa this year.

Last night at church, someone said something about my baby looking like one of Santa’s elves and before I could stop myself, I said we don’t do Santa at our house. Then he said something that I cannot stop thinking about. What he said, I guess that I have never even really thought about before.

This elderly gentleman said something along these lines. “You know the difference between Jesus and Santa? Santa’s first question when you sit on his knee is ‘What’s your name?’ Santa doesn’t know your name, but Jesus knew you before you were even born.”

I started to think about this question, Who am I leading my children to? The Bible says in Mark 10:13-14, “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Young children are at the age where they believe anything. I know this because I have a 3 year old. I don’t want to lead her to a man, who dresses up in a costume. I don’t want to lie to her about Santa. I want to lead her to Jesus Christ. I want her to know that He is the one who will always be there for her no matter what she goes through.

UNLIKE SANTA, JESUS ALREADY KNOWS:

MY NAME – Jesus knows who I am!! “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 JESUS NEVER HAS TO ASK FOR MY NAME!! HE ALREADY KNOWS WHO I AM!! If that doesn’t make you shout, then I don’t know what will!

Jesus never forgets my name! No matter how far I go or how long I am gone, I can always come back to Him and He will know my name! Santa can’t do that. He isn’t going to remember your name. He isn’t going to remember your name next year or the year after that. So, why would I push my child towards Santa when there is already a great and mighty and ALIVE being that knows who they are.

MY NEEDS – As I was thinking about the truth that Jesus already knows my name. I realized He also already knows my needs. “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” Matthew 6:8 JESUS KNOWS MY NEEDS!! BEFORE I EVEN ASK HIM!

I guess the second question that Santa asks is, what do you want for Christmas? Isn’t it amazing that he has to ask that…I thought he knew everything? He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you are awake, but he doesn’t know what you want? Such confusion from a ‘mighty being.’ It is good to know that I have a Heavenly Father that knows my needs, BEFORE I EVEN ASK!!! And it brings joy to my heart, that the same Father who knows my needs, knows my daughter’s needs and what she wants. Yes, God listens to little children. That is why I will lead my daughter to the Heavenly Father as He is the one who knows her and her needs.

MY NEXT STEPS – I guess another question Santa asks is, ‘Have you been a good boy or girl?’ I thought he already knew. I am really confused now. Santa doesn’t know my name, what I want or if I have been good or bad. I really hope he doesn’t confuse me with that other kid in class who has the same first name but is really bad. I have been good this year. I guess I better be extra good until Christmas to make Santa doesn’t get confused. I wonder if any child has thought this. Santa doesn’t know what you have done or will do.

But I am happy to say that there is a God in Heaven who cares enough about me and you that He knows our past, our present and our future. He knows the steps we have taken and He knows the next steps we will take. “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.: Proverbs 16:9

So why would I lead my child to Santa, who knows absolutely nothing about them. Who doesn’t even care for them. Especially when we have a Lord and Saviour who loves them and knows everything about them and even TELLS us to bring our children to Him.

We as parents have a duty to raise our kids right. I know we all may have different opinions on different issues, but please let’s stop lying about Santa being real. Let’s make Jesus Christ the one and only focus of Christmas and every other day of the year. Let’s lead our children to Jesus, because He knows their name, He knows their needs and He knows their next step!

Have a Merry CHRISTmas!!

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