Forget Christmas in December or even July, and forget including a baby Jesus in the picture – some people treat God like a year-round Santa Claus … and nothing more. Sure, they’ve heard about the whole naughty or nice list and the coal in the stocking, but they focus solely on the gift-giving aspect in relation to their own wants.
With this treatment comes:
- no remorse over sin
- no concept of the holy worship due an Almighty Creator
- no spiritual growth
- no realization of the purpose of prayer requests
- no expectation of receiving no as an answer
God is a gift-giver (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 7:7, John 3:16; 1 Timothy 6:17, James 1:17), but to view God as some sort-of “Santa Claus” being is a failure to understand the nature of God and the importance of our relationship with him as our Creator.
“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:1-3 NKJV)