41 Days Until Christmas!
Christmas is cancelled this year. And it’s all thanks to you. Good job. Way to go. What did you do, you ask? Well, apparently, you sent a letter to Santa that says you have been good this year and Santa died from laughter.
That is one of my favorite Christmas jokes. It is interesting that this time of year, young children are asked to evaluate their year and see if they have been bad or good. They must figure out how well they have or have not behaved. It is the scale approach.
I am a believer in looking at where you have been, studying what you have done that is good and bad. However, (and there is always a “however” in life), it is my opinion that this approach is having a very negative overall effect on people of faith.
We start to view our walk with God on the scale approach. There was a recent survey reported by Tyler O’Neil on October 24th of 2016 that stated 77 percent of Christians believe they must contribute their own effort for personal salvation.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” Where did we get this idea that we must work to earn salvation?
That survey is scary! God’s grace is our salvation, not our works. Our works are evidence we are grateful for that salvation (read the books of James), but it is not the reason we are saved.
So, this Christmas, you may be tempted to play the naughty and nice game with your kids. It’s not a bad idea. I may even do that with my kids. Just be cautious. Make sure you do not let the idea of doing more good than bad roll over from Santa to Jesus. Santa may be coming town, but one day so Jesus will. Let’s be more prepared for Jesus’ return by living in His grace, not our works.