From the Pastor's Desk
March 22, 2018
As I was working at my desk this morning and listening to one of my regular classical radio stations, the main theme from the movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark’ began to play. As I hummed along and tapped my foot in time I considered the quest upon which the movie is based. I’m sure you’re familiar with the tale; archeologist Professor Indiana Jones is called upon to search for the lost Ark of the Covenant, presumably buried somewhere in Egypt. And he needs to find it before the dreaded Nazis do as it may prove to be the secret weapon that could wreak havoc on the world if it falls into the wrong hands. It is a gripping adventure as Indy battles bad guys and traps to complete his quest.
It was on pondering this cinematic story that turned my attention to how we all are on some sort of mission or journey. This is true of everyone, believer and non believer alike. There are things in life that we desire and thus make it life’s goal to find them. Though it may not be acknowledged, it is evident in the way in which people orient their lives. Just look at all the ‘stuff’ we collect! And this is the very thing that our Lord speaks of, as recorded by Matthew. Jesus, as he is preaching his Sermon on the Mount, states that his followers should not pursue the things of this world because this is exactly what all the “pagans” run after - stuff. Rather, he says, “seek first his kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (6:33). The seeking referred to here is a passion filled pursuit of God and his glory. A desire to know him in all his fullness. It means finding all we need in him, rather than in the things of this world.
There are two thoughts that I would comment on. The first is whether or not you see this as the right quest. By that I mean, do you see the pursuit of the things of God as the single most important quest in your life? After all, Jesus also said “ for where your treasure is there your heart will also be” (Matthew 6:21). If not, then you might want to pray that the Lord would draw you to himself so that you might delight in him and not this world. Second, if you indeed are a believer and the Lord is your desire then be careful that you don’t allow the things of this world to creep into your life in such a way as to deflect your interest form the beauty of our King. It is a danger that can be subtle so be alert. Through prayer and the regular study of God’s word find your delight in Christ. There is nothing greater or more beautiful for you to seek. He is worthy of the praise of his people and his glory should always be our quest.
So, what happens to Indiana and his quest for the ark? You’ll just have to watch the movie if you want to find out. But I can tell you that this made up story of Hollywood doesn’t hold a candle to the real life pursuit of our Sovereign God.