The Force

So recently I was having a bit of anxiety about something purely beyond my control and before I could come up with a good scripture verse to pull myself back to the present moment I thought of a scene from Star Wars Rogue One (if you’re surprised by that you don’t read this blog regularly enough).

The particular scene is where a rather monk-ish person who used to guard a temple has to walk across a very dangerous battlefield in order to complete a crucial part of a mission. The person is totally blind in the eyes but very brave and as he walks onto the field in the midst of heavy enemy fire he repeats the line that has become his trademark phrase during the entire movie “I’m one with the force the force is with me.”

Now I don’t believe in the force, just to clarify, it is something that exists purely as part of the Star Wars universe to me.

But I have something better than the force on my side. As a Christian, I’m one with God, and God is with me.

Being one with God is not to be confused with being equal to God in any way. The following scripture verse from John recording the words of Jesus should help clarify what I mean:

I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me (17 John 20-23). 

Yet as I reflected on this simple truth I realized that I often forget in the midst of the vast (and ever increasingly consolidated) powers of earth that God’s presence has power and that His will reigns supreme and everlasting no matter what the opposition to it may be.

In truth, I effectively walk around with a force much greater than the force, but the question I couldn’t shake from my mind was: “why don’t I act like it?”

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