Have any of you seen the Bourne movies? There’s something about those movies, and others like them, that tend to draw you in. Is it the ability of our minds to go into the movie and imagine that we are the super star with ability to out-think, out-muscle, and out-smart the bad guys? Is it the wondering if such programs could actually exist in our government? Is it just the fast action and excitement that most of our lives don’t contain? I don’t know, but they are intriguing and thought-provoking to me. I recently watched The Bourne Legacy and, somehow, thoughts of it crept into my head as I’m in a time of praise and worship and the Lord gave me this thought/question/comparison.
While singing a refrain of, “Praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead,” I thought…are we living a Bourne life or a Born life? Have I lost you? Well, let me explain. 🙂 You see, the Bourne movies are about a handful of people who were assumed dead by the world but were actually saved/rescued/taken in by a government agency who gave them a new identity and trained them to be assassins, presumably for a good cause. In the most recent movie, the government has decided to get rid of the program and cover it all up. Through this “cleaning” process, it is explained that these program participants have been taking two pills regularly during their time in the program…one blue and one green (they called them ‘chems’). The blue pills apparently where being used to increase their intelligence while the green pills were increasing their physical strength/ability. To get rid of the participants, their chems were replaced with one weekly yellow pill which ended up killing them.
Since these program participants are ‘created’ by the government and even enhanced by it, they are dependent on the program. They have to do what they are told or suffer the consequences. The world already thinks they are dead so if they don’t comply with orders, they are cut off from their supplies and/or killed. It’s a rock and hard place type of situation! The participants were dependent on the pills. They didn’t question their replacement with different ones and they paid with their lives.
So, it occurred to me that some people see God that way! While I agree that we are to be dependent on Him, He isn’t using us to better Himself to our detriment. He isn’t getting us ‘hooked’ on something that He would take away as punishment. He isn’t waiting to ‘take us out’ for disobeying. The Holy Spirit (our ‘chems’ if you will) will never be removed and replaced because God is done with us. We aren’t here to do God’s dirty work and He doesn’t see us as expendable.
We aren’t dirty rags, we are friends. (John 15:15)
John 15:15 (Jesus speaking) I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
We aren’t dirty ole sinners, we are new creations.
2 Corinthians 5:17 and 21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
We aren’t made to just bear this world until we can be happy over there. We are made to bring Heaven to earth.
Matthew 6:9-10 (Jesus speaking) This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’
We are His children! (Matthew 6:9; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6-7)
Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Galatians 4: 6-7 Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
We are made in His image! (Romans 8:29)
Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
We died to sin and were born again anew! (Romans 6:11, 2 Corin 5:17)
Romans 6:11 In the same way, count yourself dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
We are guided, comforted, led, claimed, and loved by the One who formed this world and all of us!
While Hollywood can do a good job of grabbing our attention for two hours (or more) at a time, just remember that most of what we watch isn’t reality. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s a sin to watch movies or even read books that are fiction, I’m just saying that we all have to guard our hearts and minds. Most of the people I know who have the false beliefs listed above wouldn’t even dare to watch movies such as the Bourne movies anyway but yet they live with some of those same ideologies. Life with Christ isn’t about a list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts,’ it’s about relationship. It’s a beautiful dance with you and your Savior (if you’re a guy, it may be more like a masculine team building exercise)…trusting, following, learning, resting, doing, watching, ever learning. I think it’s pretty neat that God uses everything in our lives, even movies, to get closer with us. He wastes nothing, He loves us!!
You were never made to live your life trying to pay off a debt. Jesus paid a debt that you couldn’t and He didn’t do it just so you would spend your whole life paying Him back. He did it so He could spend eternity in relationship with you. Live your life Born again, not Bourne again. 🙂
Happy Tuesday everyone! Stay warm!! 🙂