Not Santa

Virtually everyone has a different view of who God is.  I would not presume to try and sort out everyone’s personal view of God, but I will say this – He is not your personal Santa Claus.

He is also not Aladdin’s Lamp, or the Genie.  He brings hope, love, and restoration to millions, but there is more to God than simply being a grandfatherly figure who grants our every wish or desire.

Of course, we need things from God, and it is perfectly normal to ask Him for the things of life that we need.  But, there is more…

God is not just a request fulfiller.  According to His own Word, what He wants from us is RELATIONSHIP.  All other things are secondary.

If we look carefully at the roll-call of famous ‘good’ men and women of the Bible you will find they have one thing in common – RELATIONSHIP with God on a personal level.  So, what does it mean to have a relationship?

I think it means at least three things, possibly many, many more:

  1. Right standing – you cannot have a meaningful relationship with God if you are steeped in your own sin.  And, according to His Word there is only one path to ‘right standing’ with Him, and that is through the forgiveness of sin made possible by the blood of His Son.  But, this is not automatic.  There needs to be some confession, and willingness to receive instruction and help for our weaknesses.  When all of this comes together we can achieve ‘right standing’ with God, which is the first step to having a meaningful relationship.
  2. Thankfulness – He has already done many things for you.  Some things you are aware of and know about, and some things He has done that you have no clue about.  A thankful heart is the second step to a meaningful relationship.
  3. When you have right standing and a thankful heart, you can now make your requests known to God.  He wants to answer your prayers, but if you lack right standing, and are not thankful, then you might find more frustration and wonder why He is not responding to your prayers.

All of those things are important, but there are a few more, namely love and faith.  These are also necessary for meaningful relationship with Him.

And, isn’t a meaningful relationship with God what it’s all really about?

One Response to “Not Santa”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    I love this blog. It is short, to the point, and says it all! Powerful words here! Blessings….

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