Is Jesus the same size this year as He was last year, or has He been growing? How does one find out? One day, a 10-year-old girl admired a church nativity and its life-sized characters with her grandmother. As she studied the features of Mary, Joseph, the wisemen, and the shepherds, her eyes finally rested upon her favorite character, Baby Jesus. The young girl smiled and knelt down to touch His face. Then her nose wrinkled, and she stood up with a puzzled expression on her face.

“What is it, dear?” her grandmother asked.

“There’s one thing that bothers me. Baby Jesus is the same size this year as He was last year.”

Babies aren’t supposed to stay the same size. (If your parents kept your baby clothes or if you have done this for your children, you can attest to this — they don’t stay in size 2T forever.)

Christians should also expect to see Christ grow in their lives. The problem for many of us is that for years, Jesus has stayed the same size. The passage of time has not enlarged our view of His power; it has not driven us to show His genuine love to people of all races and cultures; it has not caused the roots of our faith to go deeper during times of disappointment and distress; it has not produced an indomitable spirit of joy which sustains us through the peaks and valleys of life. As a result, each Christmas (and year) finds us as discouraged and depressed as the one before it.

If we want Christmas (and life in general) to soar above the monotony of its annual routine, then Jesus will need to do some “growing” — in our priorities, our worldviews, our relationships, and our attitudes. Spend time getting to know Him in Scripture. Read His bio in the Gospels. Study how He prayed, handled temptation, difficult people, stress, and conflict. As your knowledge of Him grows, He will grow in your life and you will see His power at work. You’ll never settle for a 2T Christmas or life again.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.