The Force of Truth
As I was putting on a sweater, there was a rustling sound in the pocket. I reached in and retrieved a ticket stub from the recent December showing of the “Star Wars” movie “The Force Awakens”. A smile came across my face, and a flood of memories rushed in. It is hard to believe that I was a young woman in the ’70s when this “Star Wars” phenomenon hit the screen. The most amazing thought to me is how many generations have been impacted by this movie. It has crossed so many generations, and “the beat goes on”. I have watched many people in my life embrace it, and they are now passing it on to their children. It is interesting to observe the profound influence it has had on movie making and music.
When the new movie came out, everywhere I went adults were saying they could not wait for their children to see it. I confess I was excited to see it as well and attended the showing with my own sons who are now adults.
Let’s carry this thought over into the Scriptural realm, Psalm 145:4: “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” It is urgent that we are as diligent in our spiritual lives as we are in our casual living. 1Peter 2:9 tells us, “But we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, that you should show forth the praises of Him Who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
It is obvious that there is a lot of darkness around us. Look……pay attention to the world around you. The responsibility of the redeemed is to shine the light. As stewards of this light, we must impart it to the next generation so that they will be wiser than we are in Biblical matters. “So each of us should consider the components of a productive Christian life and prayerfully set goals. There is the dimension of personal relationships – with God, family, neighbors, friends”(Charles E. Hummel; Tyranny of the Urgent). What dimensions of my life am I using to impact the next generation for the Gospel: setting spiritual goals, deciding what is important,constantly evaluating my spiritual life? May I continue the effort. May this be the awakening force in my life.
The ticket in my pocket was a great find. I might just keep it on my desk as a constant reminder that I am called to proclaim the force of truth, the power of the Gospel, the cross; to awaken this generation and the next for His glory.