As a Christian what do you really want for yourself and others?

 

What if we pre-filtered every thing we do in life with this question? Would it seem too extreme? …over the top? I suppose at first thought it might. Heres the question; it is for asking ones self but it is in regards to not only myself but also others:

 

Will doing this promote or support worship and delight in God forever?

 

But you might say “No one can know for sure! At least on 99% of the things we do in life. How can we know whether choosing to eat at McDonalds will change a life forever! You are talking out of your head Robin!”.

 

So I am not talking absolute. I am not saying we choose what brand of deodorant to buy knowing for certain this will encourage someone to delight in Jesus forever. (Though smelling better might make some of us more approachable) … Or we pick where to go on vacation with unreserved positive knowledge that this will encourage someone to delight in the supremacy of God. (Though we can surly brag on Jesus while we are on that vacation) But what I am asking is: Is this a good filter… a worthy question… It may seem impossible with man but isn’t this truly what we want?

 

I think this is the mission we are on. It is what God has wanted since the beginning. That we worship him as supreme and find our delight in him forever.

 

Why did God dry the waters of the Red Sea and then again the Jordan River for the Israelite's? Joshua 4:24 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”

 

When David explained why and how he was about to slay Goliath: 1 Samuel 17:46 … that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s…”

 

Naaman the Leper revelation after he was healed of leporsy: 2 Kings 5:15 …“Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel;…”

 

At the dedication of the Temple when Solomon speaks of Gods mercy toward those who repent:

1 Kings 8:60 that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other.

 

And today we want the same thing. The veil over all those scriptures in the Old Testament are lifted in Jesus Christ… so in him and through him and to him we know and worship and delight in God.

 

What if… just before we begin to watch tv if we turn our original question into a prayer and pray to God that what we watch might glorify him in worship so our delight in him might increase? And… also include in that prayer that somehow what I watch might encourage someone else to worship and enjoy Jesus forever. What would the answer to those prayers look like? 

 

God begins to answer immediately  How? We will surly be convicted not to watch some of the shows our flesh wants to watch… we won’t be able to both watch those programs and sincerely pray that prayer. Turning away from sin toward Christ causes growth switching of focus to our delight for Jesus. 

 

As for those shows we watch, just maybe we will be aware of biblical rights and wrongs in the story. Maybe we will see where the culture is moving because our mind sought out Christ and we are sensitive to him. Could be that even among some of the brokenness, we can brainstorm as we watch, thinking of ways to share Christ with someone going through those issues or with the same worldly mindset.

 

Mostly I watch tv when I am eating so I already pray before I do. Many times I am reminded to pray not only that the food I eat may give me nourishment to be used in mission for Christ, but also that the television program I watch might be for Gods glory. 

 

I have noticed Christian parallels in television broadcasts that I have used in communication with others on a number of occasions. I like many sci-fi type movies and shows. Here’s a couple examples:

 

On December 29, 1967, the NBC show series Star Trek, broadcast the 44th episode titled: The Trouble With Tribbles. It has been hailed as one of the best of all the episodes in various respects by The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Tech Republic, USA Today and others.

 

In the episode, the Star-ship Enterprise arrives at Deep Space Station K7 to guard a consignment of grain and deliver it to a starving planet. At the space station, there is a peddler who sells these furry, purring, hungry little creatures called Tribbles as pets. They kind of look similar to a Donald Trump wig. He gives one to the chief communications officer Lieutenant Uhura. Everyone loves it except the evil Klingon spies who are at the space station. They are scared to death of it. Tribbles purr or vibrate when you pet them and there is something almost magical about the vibration waves that soothes the central nervous system. Even Spock gives in to them a little. Interestingly, the more they eat the faster they multiply. In only 3 days one tribble turns into over 1 million 700 thousand according to Spock’s calculation. They almost destroy the Enterprise clogging up the food processors and the Engine. They finally learn to quit feeding them and that colder temperatures slow their metabolism and hinder them from bearing offspring. They beamed them all to the Klingon Ship just before it went to warp.

 

Today, our trouble is not Tribbles… it is sin. Sin leads to more sin. We slide down toward corruption as it purrs and vibrates giving us false promises of satisfaction all the while multiplying and clogging up our life and dragging down those with us… You can take it from there my friends..

 

Here’s another:

On one episode of Star Trek the next Generation Data had the opportunity to meet with his creator. He found out he was made in his makers image and was thrilled. His greatest desire was to know if he was fulfilling the purpose his creator had made him for. 

 

He wanted what we all desire; for our Creator to say: well done thy good and faithful servant. However where Adam and you and I who were created in Gods image failed, Jesus did not. Being perfect he is able to impute his righteousness to those who believe. He also was paid the wages of our sins which is death. And because he overcame death, he will be with us on Judgment Day to testify to our innocence because of him. We will hear these words “Well done thy good and faithful servant”.

 

There are many movies and tv shows where you can find illustrations for Christ. The Matrix and Avatar are a couple. Actually stories that are interesting to most people include good and evil, sin, broken people, self righteous people, unfairness, trials, humility, justice and mercy. If you look close you can usually find a parallel of the Gospel that you might encourage a friend to delight in Jesus forever. 

Remember the question? …

Will doing this promote or support worship and delight in God forever?

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Robin Aylor 02/22/2018