In this summer series, we examine the spiritual truths brought to life by great movies. Due to copyright laws, we are not able to show clips from the films in this series online so for this week, Pastor Travis shared what we could learn from Sing.
God-sized truths out of blockbuster hits. Jesus did this through parables. Sing is about a bunch of different animals with different talents participating in a singing contest. They all had one thing in common besides their love of singing, they were looking for their big break. But they were all asking if they had what it takes.
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”
They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
“How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”
When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied,
1. Breakthrough begins with what you already have.
The characters in Sing were looking for a breakthrough just like the disciples. When you recognize what you have, God can multiply it. The disciples counted 5000 men. They didn’t count women and children, but the 5 loaves and fish came from a little boy. God uses those that other people don’t count.
Why would Jesus take more time having the disciples separate the people into groups?
2. The best breakthroughs take time.
Jesus took what may have looked like chaos and brought order to it. His timing is not our timing. Jesus blessed the food reminding us to be grateful for what we have. And then he took what looked like not enough, and made it enough.
3. The breakthrough is in the breaking.
Jesus took the fish and bread, he blessed it, but it multiplied when He broke it. What is God currently breaking in you that would be a breakthrough for you?
God is at work. Be encouraged that He’s doing something.
In Sing, all the characters are practicing for this singing contest. In one moment Mr. Moon, who owns the theater, tries to decorate the stage with a tank of water. It breaks and overflows the theater, ruining everything. He walks away feeling defeated, but the contestants came around him realizing that the blessing was already there before them. They came together, no longer worried about the money they wanted to win, and as friends, they sang their hearts out purely because they loved it.
Some of the greatest blessings come after some of the greatest breaking.
What you are going through is a process. You will get through it and glory is around the corner.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Take heart and know God is refining you. Jesus was our biggest breakthrough. He took all the stuff we have and died on the cross and rose again for us.