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 earthly stories to which His listeners could easily relate, in order to relay heavenly concepts.
Maybe you may feel that there is something more to life, but you’re not sure what it is. But whatever that “something bigger” is that you believe you’re looking for, that Something is Jesus.
Due to copyright laws, we are not able to show clips from the films in this series online, so for this week, Pastor Ricky led a short devotional to discuss the topics of this week’s movie, Finding Dory. In this sequel to Finding Nemo, Dory is a fish with amnesia who sets out on a quest to find her parents or to find something; she doesn’t necessarily know what she seeks, but she thinks there is something bigger and greater that she’s missing. Although she has a very comfortable life in the reef where she lives, she leaves her comfort to find something more. Maybe you may feel the same way -- that there is something more to life, but you’re not sure what it is. But whatever that “something bigger” is that you believe you’re looking for, that Something is Jesus.
In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus teaches His disciples and makes some interesting and hopeful statements:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Jesus promises that if we ask our questions, God will answer us, and this is still true two thousand years later. God is interested in you, He loves you, He created you, and He has a purpose for your life.
Jesus goes on to teach that the Heavenly Father loves to give good gifts to his children. He promises when you choose to follow Him never to leave you alone; He gives you the church for fellowship and support and the Holy Spirit as a coach, counselor, and guide who always looks out for you.
Dory’s journey is filled with all kinds of unexpected adventures, but at the end of her quest, she does find her parents, just as Jesus promises that we will find Him when we seek. Seeking and knocking is not always easy; sometimes you must go on a journey to find whatever it is you’re looking for.
Dory unexpectedly finds that her parents have been seeking her all the time they have been apart, just as God diligently seeks those who are apart from Him. Jesus tells another story about a woman who has many coins. When she loses one, she focuses her energy on finding it and looks all over her house. In another of Jesus’ parables, a man who has a hundred sheep and loses one leaves his whole flock in search of the one who’s missing. This may sound strange or wise; what’s the big deal with one coin or one sheep? It may not make sense from an earthly perspective, but from a heavenly perspective, when you are separated from God, He would drop everything just to have you with Him. In the final parable of the series, Jesus confirms this same message in the story of a father whose youngest son goes off to find himself, and finds himself in trouble, without food, money, or hope. He musters up enough strength and courage to return to his father to beg for mercy, but instead, his father who watches and waits for him spots him a long way off and comes running to greet him with a loving embrace.
When you go to the movies this summer, listen to music, or simply observe life, look for a bigger meaning - the God perspective.
In the movie, Dory’s parents do not shame her for wandering off and getting herself lost from their fold. Rather, they are ecstatic and overwhelmed with love and compassion, and similarly, the Bible tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Jesus loves you so much that He doesn’t point out all of your wrongdoing, but rather wraps His arms around you and takes joy in your return.
When you go to the movies this summer, listen to music, or simply observe life, look for a bigger meaning - the God perspective. God is the Author of life, holding the earth in His hands, and determining who holds power. This same all-powerful God is the same one who passionately seeks you. Deny any guilt or shame you carry and run to meet God in the middle. Your life will never be the same!