Worth Reading–November 16, 2011

by Steve

I talk often about the need to remind ourselves of the gospel. We need to be “preaching the gospel to ourselves.” Here’s a post from Gloria Furman about preaching Santa to yourself!

Don’t Preach Santa To Yourself
By Gloria Furman

My mother-in-law sent me this photo of a Christmas tree in her neighborhood in California. Christmas is seven weeks away!

Thinking about Christmas was a good reminder to me to preach the gospel to myself, instead of preaching Santa to myself, which I sometimes do.

Preaching Santa to yourself sounds like this, “Oh look, I’ve blown it again and sinned. There’s no reason God would bless me now.”

Really? That sounds more like Santa with his notorious list that he’s checking twice to find out who’s naughty or nice. Santa is keeping records of your transgressions, and he’s going to give you what you deserve. That’s not the gospel– the gospel says we don’t get what we deserve (punishment for our sins), but because of God’s grace in the cross we get what Christ deserved instead (eternal fellowship with God).

Read about what God does to the notorious record against you when you are in Christ…

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14

The record of debt against you (ie. your sin) is nailed to the cross. Since our justification before God is based on Christ’s merits alone, there’s nothing we can do to deserve God’s blessings. Furthermore, God blesses His children before they even know to ask for His blessings.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:3-6

So don’t preach Santa to yourself.