If youâ€™re just catching up with this series, read this first. Then read yesterdayâ€™s post here and youâ€™ll be all caught up and ready for this one. Otherwise, this post will only sound like meaningless dribble from a slightly neurotic pastor desperately in need of sleep. Andâ€¦
Oh, never-mind, just go read those and come back. As always, Iâ€™ll waitâ€¦
â™ªâ™«â™« elevator music â™«â™ªâ™«
Ok, we had one more character left, Charlie Bucket.
Doesnâ€™t matter which one. Old or new, this guy was a gem!
Never took anything for granted
Cared more for others than he did himself
Wanted to help the needy
Had a servantâ€™s heart
Never put himself forward
Had utter respect for his grandfather
Heâ€™s practically the perfect kid!
Or at least well on his way. I mean, no oneâ€™s perfect. Itâ€™s a process.
In the church world itâ€™s called sanctification. Which is just a 10 cent word that means, â€˜the process of becoming more like Christ.â€™
The process begins once you enter the factory.
And you canâ€™t get in the factory without a ticket. A ticket you didnâ€™tâ€¦
work to get
manipulate someone to get
cheat to get
weren’t entitled to get
No, it has to be a ticket you got by grace.
Otherwise, people would just brag about how they got it.
Read about the rules here.
Then you can put this fairytale to bed.