I just love Christmas movies! During the Christmas season I make it my aim to watch all of the old classics. One of my favorites is Christmas Carole, by Charles Dickens. That scene of “the Ghost of Christmas Present”, always reminds me of God the Father!
I realize He is Father Christmas; but his unbridled joy, untamed laughter and his larger than life stature; helps me visualize how absolutely Great God is!
His call to Ebenezer Scrooge to, “Come in and know me better man!”; resonates in my heart for me to do the same!
In this movie, Father Christmas is wearing what looks like a Christmas wreath on his head. His eyes dance with life! His robe is long and flowing & he is surrounded by a bountiful feast! His voice fills the entire house! In his right hand is what looks like a torch always lit to lead the way. Reminding me of the Light of the World – Jesus Christ! John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
His presence radiates a brilliant light, so bright that grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge has to shield his eyes upon entering the room! What a beautiful picture of our heavenly Father! Scripture tells us about His glory – 2nd Corinthians 4:6 – For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Just like the Ghost from Christmas Present with delightful things at his disposal; God’s word tells us in Ephesians 1, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places! How amazing is that. Can’t you see this picture of our Abba, withholding nothing good from His kids – ALL spiritual blessing means ALL! He is saying to us through His Son Jesus Christ, from the Cross, from the empty tomb, and from the written word of scripture; “come in and know me better man.”
Many of us are a lot like Ebenezer Scrooge! We are in our own little world, thinking we are rich when in fact we are the poorest of the poor! Maybe we are friendless? Maybe our relationships in our families are broken because we are proud, self-sufficient and need nothing from anyone? Could it be we are just as greedy with our time as Old Ebenezer Scrooge was with his money? Maybe like Scrooge, we just want to stay in our nice comfy bed with the covers pulled tight over our heads. Have we squandered the time spent that we could have used to get to know Him better? It’s not too late!
Oh! What if we would answer the call and seek to know God better! There is no better way to “come in and know me better”, than to set aside time each morning to get quiet and still before the Word of God. To open up His Word and read with one desire and motive; to know Him better!
All we could possibly want or desire is found in Him.
The time we choose spending to get to know Him better; will reap bountiful benefits & treasures. Treasures that no amount of money can buy and no amount of work can supply! Things like abundant grace,unlimited mercy, extravagant love, total forgiveness, & complete acceptance! We are all in short supply of these.
In Max Lucado’s book, Grace: More Than We Deserve Greater Than We Can Imagine , he quoted Nancy Spiegelberg – “Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup…if only I had known you better, I’d have come running with a bucket.” Oh how abundant His marvelous grace is poured out for us! Why not heed the words of The Ghost of Christmas Present, like Old Ebenezer Scrooge did – “Come in and know me better man.”
PS: Don’t forget to bring a bucket!