I really enjoy watching this movie. I have been watching it since I was a child, and there is no doubt in my mind that my children and their children’s children will come to know the infamous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Even more, I know they will learn valuable life lessons through some of the scenes. Here’s what I’m talking about.
- Remember the scene where Charlie and Grandpa Joe were not allowed to drink fizzy lifting drinks, but they did so anyways? Purposely, they disobeyed Wonka’s rules. At the end of the movie, they were expecting to receive the lifetime supply of chocolate, but were denied. While Grandpa Joe muttered that Slugworth would get the everlasting gobstopper, Charlie had other intentions. His heart told him to give it back, so he did. It wasn’t until the moment that he placed the candy on the table that Wonka knew he had his man. Slugworth, the one sent to test the children, was conquered. He even told him, “I knew it was you all along.” I had to test you, Charlie, and you passed the test. You won!
I think it’s amazing to see and parallel this particular scene and concept to our lives, especially as it pertains to our Christian walk.
What we learn:
- We mess up all the time. We do things that we are not supposed to do, but because the Lord’s grace and mercy, He loves us in spite of our wrongdoings. We cannot allow ourselves to be condemned. Don’t allow condemnation to overtake your life thinking, “How will God ever love me? I’m such a mess!” or “Let me get my life together BEFORE I serve Him because I’m going to mess up”–that’s what He’s here for, to love us back to health and get us together. Charlie should not have won the entire factory, but because his heart was to do what was right, he won that AND MORE.
- Our faith will be tested. As Wonka used Slugworth to test the children, so does the trials that we go through. The Word of God says: For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (NLT); because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance (NIV). As we saw with Charlie, he had to face greed, gluttony, pride, etc. in order to receive his blessing. It probably wasn’t the best feeling, coming from nothing, but he endured. We too have to go through the testing in order to get the inheritance. It may be a struggle, but so worth it! Just remember Job.
Even though we mess up, we have to know that we can be forgiven. Don’t allow the pervading thoughts to convince you that the Lord does not love you because He does. If you fall down, run right back to Him because He will be waiting.
Scriptures to Meditate On:
- 1 John 1:9– If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (NIV).
- James 1: 2-4—Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.