Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Day the Earth Stood Still

I recently watched the old version of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). There was one scene that really caught my attention, that I wanted to share with you. But first, here’s a brief summary:

The movie: (An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. The alien escapes from the government officials and lives anonymously among the people until he has let Earth know this message)

The scene: (The alien (Klaatu, who looks like a human), and a boy (Bobby) he has befriended are out around town, then they stop by the spaceship site, at the boy’s request. There they are met by a reporter, who is interviewing patrons surrounding the spaceship site)

Reporter: I see a gentlemen with his little boy, what do you think of the spaceship son?

Bobby: It’s the biggest spaceship I ever saw!

Reporter: (Laughs) and you sir, You mind telling us your name?

Klaatu: My name is Carpenter.

Reporter:  Would you care to say a few words Mr. Carpenter, I suppose you are just as scared as the rest of us.

Klaatu: In a different way, perhaps. I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason. In fact I’d—

Reporter: (cuts him off) Thank you, Mr. Carpenter.

Paper Boy: EXTRA, EXTRA SPACEMAN ELUDES POLICE! READ ALL ABOUT IT.

(The crowd then scurries over to get the latest news)

This scene reminded me of the life of Jesus. He is telling us his story, yet it’s not what we want to hear. Then man (the paper boy), gives us his news, we buy it quickly and gobble it up. Here we have Jesus giving us the real truth, the Good News- for free. And we don’t want to listen, but whatever man has to say, we will give it all ears and whatever time and money it costs.

Klaatu was able to stay under wraps for several days because he didn’t fit the ‘alien’ description, he didn’t have 3 eyes or tentacles like the paper reported. He looked just like them and walked among them.

Everyone loved Jesus when he arrived in Jerusalem, they thought he was going to conquer everything for them. But when they found out he wasn’t what they wanted- they killed him.

As you watch this scene unfold, you realize these people are so blind. They don’t know the truth- that the alien was right beside them.

We have the Truth. We have the Good News.

Imagine if these people knew, Klaatu/Carpenter was indeed the alien, yet continued their normal ways, dismissing what is really true. That’s even more repulsive and ignorant, right.

That’s how we are with the Bible. We know the Truth, but it doesn’t change our normal ways, and mostly we just dismiss it in our lives.

We have to step out of our normal routine, and get perspective. See our lives from another view- like this scene. It is abundantly clear what is happening. However in our daily lives, it happens so swiftly- it passes before our eyes without notice.

We pray that you can see the Truth for what it really is, and that you aren’t “as scared as the rest of (them)” just because that’s what the the world says. Step out of the darkness and see the Truth. Don’t buy the lies and ignore the Truth.

John 3:19-21

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

The video is 8 minutes or so, but the bulk of what I am referring to is here:

4:30 Bobby asking questions about the spaceship

5:10 The people mock him

5:25 The reporter starts with the questions

6:00 The scene is over


The New Year’s Greatest Decisions

Then God said, Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years (Genesis 1:14).

 

Creation-2012

 

Another year has passed and a new one has just begun. Every January 1st marks a day of new beginnings. A day of new resolutions for each man and woman as they flip open their new calendar to the first month of this year. Psalm 39:5 says, “You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.”

 

Scripture tells us that are lives are but a mere breath. Some might have said that 2011 was so fast and they cannot believe it is already 2012. Some might feel the happiness of flipping the calendar to 2012 because they seek hope that this year might be different, this year might just be better. There are some things in life we cannot control like the separation of husband and wife due to military orders or the loss of a job due to laying off, but what we CAN control are the decisions in life.

 

Here are 10 decisions that you can make so that this year WILL be different:

 

  1. Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior
  2. Seek God daily in prayer and by reading His amazing Word
  3. Forgive and ask to be Forgiven
  4. Fast once a month for your spouse or other loved ones
  5. Attend church regularly and serve if able
  6. Teach your children about God every chance you get
  7. When tempted by the devil—scream out promises of God (NOTE: you will only know these by reading the Word of God)
  8. Intentionally Serve your friends, family, neighbors, and community with a Christ-like/guiltless love
  9. Ask God to show you your gifts and talents (Then use them)
  10. Do NOT Worry. Matthew 6:27-34

 

To put it simply, stop moping around feeling sorry for yourself and start making right decisions. God favors the upright so if you desire the blessing of God in your life then start by asking yourself this simple question—Do I have a relationship with Jesus Christ? If the answer is yes, then proceed by asking yourself another quick question—Am I seeking Him daily in everything that I do? It is good to do evaluation of our lives because it gives a gauge of where we are and where God desires us to be.

 

If your answer was no to the first question then you have an opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make in your life right now. God is not the author of confusion so He makes it quite simple for us.

  • Admit that we are sinners (have you lied, lusted after a man or woman, envied something, etc.)
  • Accept that Jesus lived a perfect life here on earth and died so that those sins above could be forgiven before God.
  • Accept that He rose on the third day and is now alive, seated at the right hand of God making intercessions for you and me.
  • Ask Jesus to come into your life and God will send the Spirit to live in you.
  • Then walk in the Spirit and tell others about the amazing grace you found.

 

If you made this decision today, please e-mail me and let me know. I can help you find a church to attend or guide you along your path as a new believer. I would like to send you a Bible and some other resources that can help you draw closer to God. Lastly, I would like to pray over you and this eternal decision.

Although today is the day of a New Year and we might seek new resolutions for our life, let us remember that every day is a New Day for God’s mercies and that won’t cost you a dime. Lamentations 3:22-26 provides a glimpse of this promise:

22Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

23They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

24I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;

therefore I will wait for him.”

25The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,

to the one who seeks him;

26it is good to wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.

Be Blessed and Bless Others Today.

By: Rehana Allsup

 


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