My husband and I grew up on Star Wars and “shared the love” with our children who will probably pass it on to theirs. sigh. The force is strong in our family. 🙂 One of my favorite scenes is the light saber duel between Darth Vader and his old mentor, Obi Wan Kenobi. Watch.
“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”
Sounds familiar — Thousands of years ago, in a country far, far, away, someone more powerful than a Jedi, Jesus Christ, knowing he was going to be “struck down” soon, told his disciples, “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7
He assures them later that they’d have more power then, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” Acts 1:8 And then he disappeared with more drama and excitement than Obi Wan: “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” Acts 1:9
Unlike Star Wars, the Power that works in us, the Holy Spirit, is not a force, but a person. A He, not an It. He’s the spirit of God and Christ that lives in us when we become Christians ~~ “…the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:26-27
Like Luke Skywalker, we too have perils to navigate through, but a Christian pilot quickly learns NOT to trust feelings much, because they can be misleading. Instead, if want to be “jedis”, we follow God, and what He says in the Bible : “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword (or light saber 🙂 ), and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Do you have Christ in you? Or have you been trusting your feelings for too long, and fallen into “the trash disposal unit on the detention level” – (fan lingo). Click here for a brief introduction to “new hope”