Advent Ann Voskamp

The Celebration: Day 4 Naughty Girls and Boys

December 4

Gods Tears

Today’s Reading:  Genesis 6:5-8

The Lord observed the extend of human wickedness on the earth and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.  So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth.  It broke his heart.  And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth.  Yes, and I will destroy every living thing-all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky.  I am sorry I ever made them. But Noah found favor with the Lord”

God hates sins.

Why was Noah allowed on the boat?  Was it because He was good?

No, but “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”

God didn’t find any good boys and girls back then and there aren’t any to be found now.


God Cannot Be Seduced By Our Good Deeds.

I was at a writers conference a few weeks ago and everyone was going around introducing themselves, so of course I told them…. I am a pastors wife.  A lady at the table, said, “Oh, I could never be a pastors wife, I am not good enough.”

My friend who was with me, laughed out loud.  (rude.)

I replied to this cute comment with,   “You should try spending an hour with me and then you may think differently. Just asks my kids and close friends about my goodness?”

Many of us have been told we are “good girls” since diapers. “Oh way to share your toy, you are such a good girl!”  We start to think that we are “good girls” when we compare ourselves to other girls around us because…..I look better than her!

I don’t dress like that or talk like that or act like that… so I am doing “good”.

I do devotions every night with my kids.  Instead of getting birthday presents, I give money to charity. I go to church every Sunday. I don’t like to party. I only listen to Christian radio.  I Say “Yes mam” and ” No sir.”

(Yal know…this idea that we are saved by the “grace of southern charm” as Miranda Lambert sarcastically sings.)

So we keep a checklist of good kid activities and wear shirts that tell people we are in the good kids club.

Often, we wrongly  put God in the same category as Santa.  If I am really good this year, then God owes me something (happiness, joy, blessings, forgiveness, etc.).  Yet, the Scriptures teach us that God owes us nothing.  In fact, if God owes us anything, it’s simply punishment and spiritual death for our sins.  Because of our sin against God, we don’t deserve heaven and God’s blessing, but we deserve eternal separation from Him (Romans 6:23).  We are deserving of being “wiped” out from the earth.

God is not “making a list and checking it twice” to find out “who’s naughty and nice.”

There is no need to make a list, because the Bible tells us that by default, everyone is on the naughty list.  “There is none that is righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).

“Good kids” are like unicorns, they simply do not exist.

Our answer as we stand before our holy-perfect judge cannot be….”I have been so good! Where is my crown? Look at my resume? Aren’t I worthy?”

The bible teaches that our “good deeds” are like a “polluted garment.”  Now,  I am not a bible scholar and I don’t want to make this an ackward health class moment but a “polluted garment” is greek for modern day sanitary napkins.

There are two things you are not suppose to do with sanitary napkins:  1.)  Never flush them down toilets and 2.) Its probably not a good idea to bring them to judgment day…just saying..epic fail.

Regardless of how extensive and thorough our righteousness “list” is, God remains unimpressed.   No amount of flirting will win His approval.  You cannot, “Santa Baby” you way into the ark of His protection. He will not be seduced with our imaginary goodness.  No amount of zeal, performance, or effort can match the standard that He requires – perfect righteousness (Matthew 5:20, 48).

Oh, apparently, Santa “sees you when you are sleeping, He knows when you’re awake, He knows if you’ve been bad or good…”

God knows ALL things!  He sees straight through all of the “pretty” exterior right into our ugly hearts.  He knows our every desire and thought!

I don’t know about you, but my thoughts have the potential to scare the ‘Jingle Bells’ out of Old Saint Nick!!! 

God is not surprised by our sin, this is why He came.

“You better watch out; you better not cry: Better not pout I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.”

Jesus came to town once already, and He is coming again.  Why did He come?  He came for the “pouters” and “criers.”  He came for the weak, broken, frail, needy, and sinful. Unlike Santa, He did not come for the “good boys and girls;” after all, there were none to be found. He came for those of us on the naughty list. None of us were good boys and girls who left milk and cookies for Jesus; the only thing we left for Jesus was the very sin that nailed Him to a cross. Jesus doesn’t want your milk and cookies, He wants your heart. Jesus didn’t come down a chimney wearing a red suit because we’d been so good; He went up to a cross – covered in red blood -because we’d been so bad.

So this Christmas, let’s not bat our eyes while seeking to show God our superficial goodness. Instead, let’s empty ourselves of the pride and self-righteousness, so that we can be filled with the greatest gift of all – the love Jesus Christ.

Are you naughty?  Don’t walk, but run to the ark!  Run to Jesus.

Naughty kids “find favor in the eyes of the Lord,” when they are hidden in Christ righteousness.

When you are in Christ, your heart can rest easy during the storms of life because your soul is anchored secure in the fathers hands.

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