Be Like Scrooge?!?

I’m sure you have heard of the famous Christmas story “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. This fictitious story is about a sour, stingy, mean, hermit of a man named Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by three spirits (Christmas past, present and future) who basically reveal to him that his life can make a huge difference and he could experience great love and joy if he would be willing to change. Since Dickens penned this story in 1843, all kinds of movies and spin offs have been created…even to the point where situation-comedies (sitcoms) and TV commercials depict elements of the original story. People even you use the term “Scrooge” to describe someone who is uncaring and unkind.

Unfortunately, the negative label of Scrooge is the one that has stuck, forever holding Ebenezer as a mean miser that only cares about money he will never use as he wallows in his distain of humanity. But that’s NOT what this character became, that’s not his end story. The story ends with a man who experienced a life-change, a true life change where it was not just a one time alteration, but as the book reads, “It was always said of Scrooge, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.” Dickens wanted us to know his made-up character of Ebenezer Scrooge was changed, renewed, made alive again…transformed.

As I thought about this, it made me think of the transformation God desires in each one of us…

Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.

God wants us to be shaped into the likeness of Jesus, to be more like Jesus. For the truth is we were born with what you could call “pre-change- Scrooge-like tendencies.” Yet God’s desire is for us to be changed, born again (read John 3:1-7 it is the transformation of believing in Jesus as your Savior…if you have not ever made that choice to believe in Jesus or are not sure, write me back and we can correspond about this). See, God’s desire is for us to be transformed into the person He intended us to be. That why the Apostle Paul wrote…

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– His good, pleasing and perfect will.

See, like Ebenezer we have a choice as to what we let change us. Ebenezer let the course of his life, his circumstance, and his own choices shape him and it was miserable. Yet he made a change and since that day kept choosing to be changed. We can do the same as we come to faith in Jesus and then keep choosing to be more and more like Him. So, yes, we should be like Scrooge, the changed Scrooge, and keep showing we are like Jesus. That’s what the name Christian means, ‘little-Christ,’ one who is like Christ.

Christmas is all about life-change. God sent Jesus to live among us to show us how to live a changed life and to provide the change-agent for our sin-bent life by being the atoning sacrifice for our sin.

1 John 4:9-11 This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Did you notice how because of the great love God has shown to us; we ought to reflect that love on others and to make choices to give evidence of our faith? So let’s do that…let’s be like Scrooge!

The last few lines of the Dickens’ story reads… “It was always said of Scrooge, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!” Let’s be like Scrooge this Christmas and love like Jesus.

Seeking to Show Love Like Jesus with You,

Mike

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