Sewing scissors have a very specific purpose: to cut fabric. To use the scissors with other materials dulls them and renders them useless for their original purpose.
When our children were small I fought to keep my sewing scissors safe from the likes of construction paper and other materials that were detrimental to the operation of the scissors. I even went so far as to write “Do Not Touch!” on the scissors. I was not very successful in keeping my scissors safe.
Last night at the Christmas Eve service, of all things, our pastor brought up the topic of sewing scissors and holiness. God wants us to fulfill our purpose and calls us to holiness. According to Strong’s Concordance, holiness is taken from the Greek word hágios – properly, different (unlike), other (“otherness“), holy; for the believer, (hágios) means “likeness of nature with the Lord” because “different from the world.” The problem is that we are not good at holiness, in fact, we fail miserably at keeping ourselves holy for any amount of time.
God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit had a plan right from the start; they were not surprised at our inability to be perfect or holy. God chose the unlikely, the weak and the least to show His love and glory. Way back in Genesis, the Lord had said to Abram,
“Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.[a]
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”[b] Genesis 12:1-2 (NIV)
This was a contract between God and Abram, one that Abram did not have the capacity to uphold. God made Abram fall asleep at the signing and God signed both sides of the contract. If broken, the contract required the taking of a life and God made Himself liable for both the enforcement and the obligation. Christmas is about making good on that contract through the life of Jesus. God sent His son to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus lead the perfect life – I don’t know how to be perfect- but, through reflection, prayer and Bible study we can be re-sharpened and brought closer to finding the purpose and holiness that God has for each of our lives. My Christmas wish for you is that you don’t leave Jesus as a helpless infant, but that you grow as you follow Him to the cross and to His resurrection as Our Lord and Savior!