Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Santa Claus and Jesus

Santa Claus and Jesus

Recently we have been reading Larry Crabb's "The Pressure's Off". As we read this evening a particular point struck us. The book deals with living the "new way" instead of the "old way". The old way being, if we do this, then God will respond by doing that. The new way being that we live our lives knowing and experiencing Christ. God's blessing upon us is not dependant upon what we do or do not do.

The point that hit us was this: We want the blessings of a better life more than we desire to draw near to Jesus. We approach Him the way a child approaches a weary Santa Claus in the mall, who for the hundredth time asks, "What do you want for Christmas?" I wager no child has ever pressed close to Santa's chest, looked up into his eyes, and said, "You! I want only you." No child believes having Santa join him for dinner could bring more joy than watching Santa stack presents beneath the tree. Our problem is unbelief in what can be called His "Immanuel Agenda," the relentless obsession He has for forming a family to gather at His dinner table, with Himself at the head and each of us thrilled to be there.

In our lives, we seem to so frequently run to God with our list of things we want (blessings) rather than run to Him to be with Him. In living the "old way", the pressure is there to live up to the standards that we can't live up to to begin with. We continually fail. We continually get more and more frustrated as we seemingly do the right things and yet the right things don't happen in return. That is the "old way".

In the "new way", the pressure is off. We need to live our lives running to be with Him. He will choose how and when to bless us, which is not based upon strategies or principles in this Earthly world. Our responsiblity is to know and experience God. As Larry Crabb ended the chapter we just read "...the pressure's off; the New Way is available. 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'"

1 comment:

Tom Bailey said...

These are very interesting points. This is my first visit to your blog.