Friday, January 06, 2006

Our passion is what draws them.

Did you watch Narnia? Nate over at Eight Strings had these observations.

As "the McCready" bears down on them, the children flee towards the room with the wardrobe inside. Which of course leads them, including the disbelieving Peter and Susan, into Narnia.

One parallel I noticed(as the story is so full of allegory it's almost daunting), which I didn't notice on reading the books, is how the pursuit of Mrs. McCready is in response to the children's transgression- the breaking of an old stained glass window during a cricket game. This pursuit leads them providentially to the wardrobe and into Narnia, which becomes their safe haven from their accuser, the elderly housekeeper. Their entrance into the magical world (Kingdom of God) is made possible by the admission wrongdoing, and saves them from judgement.

But also while thinking back on the movie, and my favorite character, Lucy, I thought of another aspect. Lucy, found something. It was something amazing and magical and wonderful, and a little frightening all at the same time. She tried her best to convince others, and as it often happens, they didn't see what she saw. And, failing to convince them, in the dead of night she sought to find that special place once more. And you don't wake up to find something in the middle of the night if you don't believe with all your heart that it can be found. That surity, the confidence, and that desire is what made her brother follow her.
I found another quote recently online that said "Love and prayer, not logic and debate, are the most powerful evangelistic tools." It's our utter confidence, that a Heavenly Father IS up there, and He will hear and answer our prayers, whether yea or nay, because He loves us, that gives them hope. It's our passion, to draw closer to that Father, discarding all logic or personal comfort, that draws their attention. It the change in us, the love for the seemingly unloveable and the peace and joy that passeth all understanding, that makes them desire.
You can debate, give them all the logical reasons in the world, tell them 100 times a day that God loves them. And it won't draw the desire from them that seeing someone else that has something we want.
What do people see in you? What are you giving them? Do you have that confidence? That passion for Christ, that peace and joy? Do you have it? Do you want it? It's Christ alone that brings that change. If you haven't offered Him your heart, do so now. It's not too late, or too early. You'll be amazed at what He can do when you offer yourself to Him. It's worth every minute, every step, and every prayer along the way, just to have that peace, and joy. Just to know a Savior, who has rescued your soul from a fate far more worse than simply death. Choose God.

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