Finding God's Winning Spirit

The Faith Clause

December 18, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional

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When I was five or six I colluded with my sister (four years my senior) to settle the Santa Claus thing once and for all. The plan was simple, we would slip into the living room after everyone had gone to sleep, pull out the couch and position ourselves there to catch the fat guy when he showed up – simple but foolproof!

Everything went like clockwork except for one thing. We woke up Christmas morning to presents under the tree, a half-empty glass of milk and even the gnawed carrot we had left for Rudolph. We had fallen asleep and missed the whole thing. I remember my dad standing there with a “non-surprised” look on his face. He quickly explained that when Santa shows up there is fairy dust that puts little boys and girls asleep if they are hiding nearby. Well that explained it.  

Looking back on that experience I began to realize that facts are not always more powerful than faith. I can sort of remember not being all that disappointed about missing my encounter with old St. Nick but rather bolstered in my belief in him. Even later when I found out the real story about Santa Claus I always held on to how special it was to have faith in something I could not logically prove or understand.

Unfortunately as we grow older we often times discount or deem faith as childish and/or naive.  This world constantly tells us to rely on facts, data and things we can empirically prove. Faith for many is falling for the Santa thing all over again.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.  We are created as faithful beings (I think is what Jesus means in Mark 10:15 - “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it”). The difference in those who live by faith and those who require fact is openness of the heart. Those who cannot accept the Gospel message because it does not make sense or can’t be proven are relegated to an unfulfilled life.

This is what Jesus tells Thomas, “That those who believe and have not seen will be blessed”, this is what Peter tells the early Christians who are “dispersed in foreign lands” when he writes, “…though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.”(1 Peter 1:8-9)

As one commentary writer puts it:  

-- There is nothing else in the world parallel to that strange, deep personal attachment which fills millions of hearts to this Man who died nineteen centuries ago, and which is utterly unlike the feelings that any men have to any other of the great names of the past. To love one unseen is a paradox, which is realized only in the relation of the Christian soul to Jesus Christ.  --

Millions, even hundreds of millions, have been led to love the Savior, yet have never literally met Him. But they have seen Him - not with the physical eye, but with the eye of faith - they have seen the unmatched beauty of His love which cannot be fully explained or accurately described.

       Wonderful anticipation – That is the Spirit of Christmas! 

       Merry Christmas one and all!

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