What if you knew how big a difference you’re going to make…
… how many lives you’ll change if you take the next step of faith?
Would you press on if you knew you’d help draw an atheist to Christ?
Bring hope to a persecuted believer?
Lead a foreign exchange student to Jesus?
“God’s Not Dead,” in which these things happen is fiction, granted. In this movie a college freshman, a redneck, an aging Alzheimer’s patient, and a pastor (to name just a few) walk in everyday obedience to Christ.
And we get to see the puzzle pieces fit together.
We could dismiss it as a nice story or wishful thinking. After all, the beautiful portrayal of God weaving pain, struggle, and seemingly insignificant decisions together for good were in a script. But then again…
Maybe it serves as just the smallest example of our Heavenly Father’s sovereignty, his authorship.
Maybe it serves as reminder that our obedience, even in the little things, aren’t unseen or unused.
In the film, we see freshman Josh Wheaton risk humiliation and lose his girlfriend when he accepts the challenge of “proving” God’s existence. The philosophy debate with his atheist professor becomes all-encompassing.
There aren’t any pats on the back for his efforts; he just can’t bring himself to deny the Savior who died for him.
So he slogs on, clueless to the eternal impact he’ll make.
Pastor Dave laments the lack of meaningful ministry in his sleepy little congregation, yet we find that God has him on hold for a season…
… ready for the moment a persecuted Christian needs help, ready to share the gospel one more time as the philosophy professor slips into eternity in the middle of the street.
Mina and her brother Mark wonder why God would allow their mother to grow senile after a life of service and devotion to Christ.
But when Mark voices the irony of his “perfect” yet ungodly life compared to her lot, she offers wisdom and perspective with shocking clarity.
Someone seemingly “useless” is empowered to share life-changing truth.
Where are you in God’s story?
Do you wonder if there’s any sense to your smallness? Boredom?
Your fight against sin? The adversity that just won’t let up?
Are you eager to be used, but weary of plodding along?
God filled his Word with stories of weak, weary servants like you and me.
Through them we have hope that we too can be used. After all, it’s “not by might, nor by power, but by [His] Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6).
And today through a movie, I’m reminded that not only is God not dead, he’s still working.
His desire to include faithful plodders in his plans — and his ability to weave together an infinitely more complex and dazzling plot than any screenwriter — renew in me a willingness to take my next step by faith.
This side of heaven, you and I may not know how far our testimony reaches. All we can know for sure is the One who saved us and the call he’s placed in our hearts, on our lives.
We walk with the One who “…is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
Let’s stay faithful, friend. We have no idea what the Lord is up to!
(*Did you see the movie? What did you think? 🙂 )