When Christmas arrives, many children turn their attention to Santa. He’s the judge who sits enthroned at “North Poles” in malls across the nation. Little children will slowly approach Mr. Claus hoping they’ve done enough to merit a gift because they know Santa is going to ask “Have you been good this year?” A vague notion of goodness is the life preserver many cling to. I wasn’t as bad as Jimmy, my crimes pale in comparison! I tried to be good. Hopefully that’s enough.
What’s tragic is many apply this standard to God. If I try, surely that will be sufficient. God will see that I’m generally good and I’ll go to heaven (get my eternal gift).
Trying doesn’t save anyone. We all sin and need God’s forgiveness. Our only hope is in Christ’s finished work. A Holy God will not judge on a curve – He requires perfection.
Jeremiah 11:20 (NIV)
But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteously and test the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause.
Santa’s standard just doesn’t work! Our trying will never reach perfection. Throw yourself at a Merciful Judge, don’t rely on your works. Thankfully, Jesus saved an elf at the North Pole who then shared the Gospel with Santa…at least that’s what I heard in a Youtube video. Enjoy!