In this series, Pastor Miles unpacks some incredible blockbuster films with God-sized truths that we can apply to our own lives. In His day, Jesus took stories that were relevant to His contemporaries, concerning agriculture or other everyday things with which His listeners were familiar, to teach kingdom truths.
Due to copyright laws, we are not able to show clips from the films in this series online, so for this week, Pastor Mickey led a short devotional to discuss the topics of this week’s movie, Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures is based on a true story of three African-American women who worked for NASA in the 1960s. The story covers topics of racism, gender bias, and prejudice, themes that are relevant to our culture still today.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
God wants to dwell in the hearts of His people and makes us a light to the world.
God wants to dwell in the hearts of His people and makes us a light to the world. He transforms us, gifts us, and calls us to be a part of the healing process in the world. He's designed us and has a purpose for each of us. But we have cultural pressures and forces of evil that try to encourage us to shield the like the light we have been designed to be. Pastor Mickey wants to challenges us to let our light shine.
One way to discover more about who God has designed you to be is through LIFE Class. You can learn more about your gifts, your design for ministry, your stewardship, relationships, and ultimately, how to fulfill the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations. LIFE Class happens every Sunday at every campus. If you cannot attend in person, you can also attend the class online. (Visit sdrock.com/lifeclass for more information).
Pastor Mickey also encourages us to join a Group where we can learn the richness of community. Our light shines out the in the world, but also in the church so we can build each other up.
Our wounds, scars, failures, and hurts we tend to draw back, but the scripture says in Romans 8:31 that we are more than conquerors in Jesus Christ. God has called us to be victorious in faith.
1. Be clear on who you are called to be and what you're called to do.
2. Never give up the light. Stand strong, knowing Christ is your advocate.
3. Be ready. In all situations and environments, we should be a light to everyone.
What are the obstacles that come our way? In Genesis 1 and 2 the Bible says we were created in the likeness of God. Men and women were designed to reflect God. But in chapter 3, sin enters the human race. Pain, death, pride, lust, all the sins of the flesh enter and humanity dies in their relationship to God. Our true self is who God sees us as; who He has designed us to be. Our fallen self is where all the pain and brokenness live and causes us to want to hide. Because of our wounds, we sometimes hurt each other. So our fallen self gives way to a wounded self. Because of our wounds and hurts, we tend to hide from each other and from God. Research shows that because of woundedness and pain, people tend to have a pseudo-self / a false front. True self, to fallen self, to wounded self, to pseudo-self.
When Pastor Mickey was in elementary school, his teacher had the class play 20 questions. The teacher chose an item that one student had 20 questions to guess what the item was, which happened to be a comb in Pastor Mickey's front pocket. When the student started guessing, he eventually narrowed it down to something about Pastor Mickey. His next question was "Is it Mickey's buck teeth?". The whole class erupted in laughter at his expense. He had no idea he had buck teeth. He started feeling like he must be ugly, and dumb. He learned to compensate by being funny. He thought, if people are laughing with him, they won't laugh at him. He quit smiling with his teeth and was filled with shame. He covered his pain by being a goofball.
The true identity of who God has created us to be is buried behind our insecurities. We don't interact with people with authenticity, vulnerability, and love. Our light is hidden.
In college, Pastor Mickey picked up the Bible. He wasn't raised in the church, but he had a sense that there was something beyond him. He asked a friend to tell him about God, and that friend gave him a Bible. He read through the gospels and by the time he had read the New Testament, he believed. When someone comes to accept Christ as their savior, they are born again. They come into a realization of their true self and are made right with God. We become who God has always seen us to be because our identity has been restored. We enter into a process of healing. Our life starts on a new course.
The challenge is we still live in a fallen and sinful world. So our whole life is to become who God has meant us to be. Transforming our minds and hearts. We are all invited into this journey to move past our wounds, our shame, our walls, and defenses. The gospel of Jesus sets us on a course where not only are we to live right, but it also brings healing to how we see the world around us. We have the opportunity to be the light to others around the world.
The power of the Gospel has the ability to take a lustful person and make them modest. Or a greedy person can become generous. A prideful person can be humbled and gracious. Only God can do this! There are other self-helps to help change behavior, but it's the Gospel of Jesus that will change people's nature.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
The trying of our faith will build character and cause us to grow.
The trying of our faith will build character and cause us to grow. Be encouraged to know that painful times can be an opportunity to become the servant of Jesus that he longs for us to be walking in freedom from the lies of the world.
Hebrews 11:1, 6 Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Without faith, we can't please God. So, no matter what excuses we can come up with that maybe limit us from who we really want to be in Christ, it's a process of discipleship, and a process of growth and Pastor Mickey wants to invite us to say yes to God and say yes to receiving the identity He gives us.