A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a powerful message of God’s truth. It possesses overlooked Christian themes. Not only did Dickens write a great story, he wrote a powerful message. The obvious one is the change that can happen to a person. They realize there is something more than their own desires. A thorough reading of the book uncovers the less obvious. Reading the book again this year, I was surprised at a statement I hadn't focused on before.
"There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."
- Ghost of Christmas Present
Many claim to know God yet their behavior does not match what He desires. I guess that Dickens received this truth from the pharisees we read about in the New Testament. They were wealthy, greedy, selfish, self-righteous, haughty, evil and hypocrites. Their actions did not represent the God they claimed to serve.
“Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”
- Luke 12:1
Suppose I told you I liked Chinese food. Not only that I like it, but that I love it. I eat it at least once a day and have been eating it for years. Because of this to be nice, you decide to take me out to the Chinese buffet. While we are eating, you observe all I am eating from is the American side of the buffet. While you are enjoying Egg Foo Yong, I’m enjoying fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy. You ask me what Chinese dishes I like. Each one you ask me about, I respond with a confused look, stammer and try to change the subject. After a while you realize that I have no idea what you are talking about. At this moment you would say I am a hypocrite.
I claimed something, I was not. This is how many view Christians. At the very least a follower of Jesus should have a desire to represent Him.
What area(s) do you believe Christ desires to change in you? Perhaps its your temper, gossip, attitude, self righteousness, selfishness, or dislike for others. Whatever the case may be, Jesus wants to change this behavior in you.
Take some time before 2019 begins and write down at least one area He may want to change. Use something like this,
"Jesus, I know this is not pleasing to you. Please show me how to stop _______________________."
Post this on your fridge, bathroom mirror, phone and computer wallpaper as a reminder. He will be faithful to make you like Him.
"Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked." - 1 John 2:9
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