I did a blog last month about how life is short, and the length of life, in essence, is about the duration of a movie. You can read it here. If this blog will make sense, you should actually probably read it. (Found this movie poster personalized thing on the website and thought I would have some funJ)
Anyway, this morning I was reading in Psalm 90 where Moses wrote that a 1000 years is like a day or as night watch that just finished. I remember working the graveyard shift a bunch of years and another life ago, and I remember watching with joy at the sun rising and my evening shift, which felt like eternity, was just ending. As I read this verse, my thought went back to the idea that indeed my life is short, and if I stay healthy, the extent of my life in God’s timeframe will last only as long as a movie. I drifted off in my thoughts and asked myself, “What makes a great movie (life)?” How can I ensure that the movie of my life is a good one, one worth watching, over and over again, that other movie-makers glean from, one that endures through the ages, that never gets old or outdated and where the director and producer is infinitely pleased?
So, I did what anyone would do if they wanted to know how to live a great movie. I went on google and typed in the question, “What makes a great movie?”
As usual there were a million or so results in like 2.1 seconds. I found one website that wrote the following: “A film that wins critical acclaim is likely to be adapted from a prize-winning play or book and based on a true story, with the original author or director involved in writing the screenplay. It is unlikely to be a sequel or remake, a comedy or musical, a summer release, a big-budget project, have a PG-13 rating, open on numerous screens or do a big box office on the first weekend. It probably has an excellent score, but it may not have an award-winning song.”
After pondering, I realized how true those words are to how to make a great movie (life). Let’s examine these ingredients again, contrasted to the standard of scripture:
A film that wins critical acclaim is likely to be adapted from a prize-winning play or book and based on a true story…
Genesis 2:4: This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created. (The Message)
The movie of our life finds the adaption from the bestselling book of all time, the Bible, which is true as true can be.
…with the original author or director involved in writing the screenplay…
Hebrews 12:2 - Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus is the author of this story but he is also the perfector of this story, meaning He is intimately involved in writing and directing the screenplay. I say this because He sent his Spirit to live in us so that we would remember and be empowered do all the works that he commanded us to do. The success of our movie is in the involvement of the screenwriter.
It is unlikely to be a sequel or remake…
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
You are a one of kind, unique, specifically crafted and created and gifted for the purpose of doing good works that he has planned for you. God has already written your story . His desire is that you would not waste the time he has given you to glorify Him.
….(Or unlikely to be) a comedy or musical, a summer release, a big-budget project, have a PG-13 rating, open on numerous screens or do a big box office on the first weekend
1 Corinthians 1:25-29 - 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
God doesn’t need gimmicks, marketing ploys or calculated plans to bring Glory to Himself through His people. In fact, God delights in those who humbly fear and serve the King. Those are the ones that bring glory to Him.
It probably has an excellent score, but it may not have an award-winning song.
Psalm 5:11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Psalm 67:4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
Psalm 71:23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I, whom you have redeemed.
Psalm 92:4 For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.
Psalm 149:5 Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.
Of course the movie that is remembered will have an excellent score. When we live for the glory of God, we can’t help but worshipping Him and singing for joy.
So, how we do live a great movie? The ingredients are found in His good book… Let your Life be lived in the true story of Jesus as He works in and through the weakness of you to magnify the joyous strength of our God. You can’t help but a be a part of a reward winning life if you let Him write the screenplay of your life…