As a bridge between the two, we took a look at the Rocky movie franchise and how we are drawn to this idea of someone like us who gets the chance to stand toe-to-toe with destiny and go the distance after putting everything on the line in a forward direction. Maybe we identify with it because every one of us has a God-given potential to become a significant part of history and eternity. We know this deep down inside, which is why when we feel we’ve been denied an opportunity in that area it is frustrating and keeps us up late at night.
I showed this video in our service yesterday after emailing the guy who put it on YouTube and asking for a copy for our church. His comment? "That's an odd church group you must have there." Yes... yes we are!
We are all a "million to one shot" - and yet if we realize who we really are created to be and keep plugging away toward our true identity we just might become one of God’s unexpected heroes in a world that has lost its way. When that legitimate need to cannot be met in a legitimate way, we begin to try to meet it in an illegitimate way. Instead of following God’s plan, we become deviant… sinful. One compromise here… then another… then another…
And so we end up in places we don’t want to end up…
- We end up expressing our anger in a way that has ripples.
- We end up seeking affection in a way that is half-empty.
- We end up on a psychiatrist’s couch in a way that is lost.
- We end up in legal issues in a way that is ironic.
Our true, God-given humanity is blurred when we have no mission bigger than ourselves and God-driven (see Ephesians 2:10).
What is your mission this week?
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)