“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
Most people have either had the story of Ebenezer Scrooge read to them or they’ve seen one of the movies that depict it.
Either way, isn’t it amazing how often his stingy mentality slips into our hearts during Christmas?
So, what’s the difference between a Scrooge perspective and that of a faithful Christian?
Let’s take a look:
- Scrooge is as stingy as Hell.
- A faithful Christian is as generous as Heaven, which gave us God’s Son.
- Scrooge hoards all he can.
- A faithful Christian gives all he/she can.
- Scrooge fears he’ll lose it all.
- A faithful Christian trusts in the Lord for all.
- Scrooge is haughty to the poor.
- A faithful Christian loves the poor and helps those in need.
- Scrooge worships at the Church of Dow Jones, while sometimes claiming belief in God.
- A faithful Christian worships the Lord and professes to be a sinner saved by grace.
- Scrooge resents joy in bad economic times.
- A faithful Christian experiences joy at the Good News of Jesus’ birth – no matter the economy’s highs or lows.
- Scrooge feels entitled to all he’s earned.
- A faithful Christian is thankful for all he/she has.
- Scrooge says, “Bah Humbug” to Christmas.
- A faithful Christian says, “Merry Christmas” in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Which do you resemble?
What would your family and friends say?
What would God say?