Key Scripture: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” —Ephesians 5:14
I watched the Golden Globes Sunday night and was reminded of all the things I love about my favorite movies and the stories they tell. They are about good triumphing over evil…rescue and deliverance…overcoming odds…love, redemption, and grace (Les Miserables, anyone?).
Are you like me? As I watch these movies, I imagine I am one of the characters displaying courage in the face of the unknown or danger. I want to be like them: overcoming evil, loving when all seems lost, offering forgiveness and hope.
Well, guess what? That is the life Jesus is calling us to. We don’t have to sit in our theatre seats, eating popcorn and wiping tears from our eyes as we watch others do what is written on our hearts. We have been invited to join the story of redeeming this broken world. We can choose to bring life and hope to those in our schools, our neighborhoods, and our world. We can roll up our sleeves and serve, and together, we can make a Kingdom difference.
So you know what that means? It’s time to wake up. As Greg said this weekend, “Christianity is not a spectator sport.” Jesus rescued us. He has bridged the gap between His holiness and our sinfulness, but that is not all…
…He now invites us to join Him in doing His work in the world.
Greg mentioned that after Jesus sent the seventy-two out, they returned with great joy, and Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10:18) And just a few verses later, in Luke 10:21, we read that Jesus was full of joy. This word “joy” doesn’t mean just “happy.” It means He rejoiced. The Voice Translation says He was elated.
He loves this broken world and everyone in it. It is His joy to rescue and mend every person, and it can now be our joy as well. Isn’t there a longing deep in your heart for this world and everyone in it to be whole and for evil to be eradicated? Let’s wake up, shake off the slumber from our spectator’s eyes, and join Him.
1. What movies, stories, books, etc. move you most? What is it about them that is so compelling? How might the themes of some of those stories point to the story of Jesus?
2. Is anything keeping you in the “spectator seat” when it comes to following Jesus? Fear? Feelings of inadequacy? How can you deal with those feelings?
3. Don’t know how to start taking next steps in your walk with Christ? E-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can help.