[PART 2 OF 5]
In this next series of articles, I want to dig a little deeper and explain why the Santa Claus story is important, and then provide a more substantive explanation as to why “I believe in Santa Claus”.
Are you ready?
I believe that the story of Santa Claus is the story of God!
Allow me to explain.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He often taught in parables. He would take something that the people were already familiar with – such as planting crops, the relationship between parents and children, servants working for their masters – and use those familiar things to illustrate an important principle or lesson.
The story of Santa Claus is like a modern-day parable. Most people are very familiar with the heart-warming story of a “jolly old elf” who brings Christmas cheer by giving gifts to all good little boys and girls. Every year we see countless versions of that story play out on our televisions and in movie theaters. But it is more than just a fairy tale. I would like to suggest that the story of Santa Claus can be thought of as a parable that reminds us what God is like.
The classic Christmas song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, reminds us that …
He sees you when you’re sleeping;
He knows when you’re awake;
He knows if you’ve been bad or good,
So be good, for goodness’ sake!
The Bible tells us that God is just like that! God knows everything about you! Consider the following Scriptures.
- Psalm 139:13-16
- Luke 12:6-7
- Matthew 6:8
God saw you when you held the door for that little old lady entering the grocery store. He saw you when you helped your church serve a Thanksgiving meal for people in your community who are less fortunate; when you purchased extra Christmas gifts for your family to give to children in the children’s home; when you put together that care package for soldiers in Iraq. He heard you pray unselfishly for that little girl with cancer, and for the family going through a messy divorce.
God also saw you when you filled out your income tax return and “fudged” the numbers just a bit. He saw you when you went to those pornographic web sites after everyone in the house was asleep. He heard the ugly words you spoke to your friends about “that person”. He sees into the deep recesses of your very soul.
Teenagers: God saw you last Saturday night. Your parents might not have known where you were, but God did. Your parents might not have seen what you were doing, but God did. Was he pleased, or disappointed?
He has seen all the pictures on your MySpace and Facebook pages; read all the comments you’ve posted on other people’s pictures and pages. He has heard every word spoken between you and your boyfriend or girlfriend; read every text message you’ve sent to every one of your friends, and enemies. Is he pleased, or disappointed?
God knows how often you think about Him. He knows how much time you spend reading His word and contemplating spiritual things. He knows how important He really is in your life. Does that make him happy, or sad?
God knows everything about you … everything. You can’t hide from God! He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good.
So … BE GOOD … for goodness sake!
Part 1: “The Santa Claus Factor”
Part 2: “The Santa Claus Factor 2”
Part 3: “The Santa Claus Factor 3”
Part 4: “The Santa Claus Factor 4”
Part 5: “The Santa Claus Factor 5″
Next: “The Santa Claus Factor 3“
- Santa Claus, © Scott Hancock (Fotolia), Used by permission