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Everlasting Gobstopper

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Something lasting forever and ever is quite amazing.  In the book Willie Wonky and the Chocolate Factory, the main character was a man who owned a chocolate factory and was looking for an heir to his fortune. To discover a young child that was suited to run his factory,  he sent out five golden tickets which only could be found in the Willy Wonky Chocolate Bar. So only five children with a golden ticket could be considered to be the heir. The fictional Everlasting Gobstopper was introduced, which was candy that lasted forever and ever. In this fictional story, the Everlasting Gobstopper became the test for the five children. They had to keep the secret of the Everlasting Gobstopper forever. Charlie was the only child able to do that and so he became the heir of Willie Wonky..

People who want to follow Christ need to be like Charlie. The innocent boy who did not want to give way the secret of the Everlasting Gobstopper was awarded a lifetime of peace and security.  We to can also inherit a lifetime of peace and security. Keeping something forever and forever requires a commitment to a specific reason and special purpose. God wants us to be heirs to Him and His son, Christ.  In Romans 8:17 we read “and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him”.  The Lord Jesus wants his people who are put to the test ever day to keep something forever and ever and become His heirs.

In 1 Tim.1:7 God’s word says, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen,”

The prevailing attitude expressed in the passage is to give honor and glory forever and ever to our God. Giving God the honor and glory He deserves must be forever in our lives. God and Jesus are looking for those who willingly give them the glory and honor in all areas of their lives forever and forever.

Charlie, for his faithful actions, became the sole heir of a chocolate factory when the owner, Willy, eventually passed on. I must admit a Chocolate factory sounds pretty good, but there are a couple of glaring flaws: you can’t take it with you, and chocolate can’t save your soul. It can satisfy the sweet tooth but not the soul. A lifetime supply of chocolate, or of anything, is enticing, however, the catch is it is only for this lifetime and not for the life beyond. The thought of being with the Lord forever and forever begins in this life. It begins with you, and me giving God the glory in our lives today and tomorrow. We then become heirs, joint heirs with Christ to inherit the greatest inheritance; heaven.

Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Dave