Whoops, I forgot what the movie was about...
Maybe I’ve been watching too many movies recently. Maybe the hype was just too much for me. Maybe I’m just not that impressed with technology any more, and just want someone to write a good story.
I don’t know what it was, but for some reason, I just couldn’t really get into Avatar. It was good, in fact it was very good. But in reality, I only saw it the other day, and I’ve pretty much forgotten what it was about already.
The 3D effects were great, but I’ve seen two other 3D movies just recently, so even that didn’t really bowl me over.
Anyway, the movie got me thinking about good guys and bad guys. Avatar is like a lot of other movies, in that the good guys are almost completely innocent & the bad guys are just pure evil. I think in real life, the reality is kind of in the middle.
You know what I mean? There are some very good people who do really bad things, and some very bad people who do really good things. Then there are all the average people like you and me who try to be nice, but still stuff things up almost every day.
The Bible is probably clearer than I am. In Proverbs 20, we are all asked this question “Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? Well, I know I can’t. What about you?
If you are sitting thinking you’ve not done anything particularly wrong, then the Bible has this to say a little later on… “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
I can hear some people saying “So what? No one’s perfect. I’m only human.”
Exactly! You’re on the right path if you’re saying these things. We aren’t perfect. We are only human. We fail. We sin. We let people down. We hurt people. We don’t always mean to, but we still do.
Of course we’re not good enough for God. But fortunately for us, God is good enough for us!
God says to all of us who realise we don’t meet his standards, that actually HE can turn us around. He offers us forgiveness for the things we do wrong, PLUS a new heart that desires to do right.
The promise is found in Ezekiel: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws”.
How do we get forgiven? How do we get God’s spirit in us?
In the book of Acts, Peter sums it up nicely, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Repent (turn back to God & follow Jesus), and the promise is yours!
Our Aussie hero from Avatar did some pretty great things for his people, but it’s nothing compared to what the God of the universe can do for you!