By Lane Palmer of Dare 2 Share
By now you have probably heard some of the classic Chuck Norris facts, right? If not, or perhaps by way of review, here are a few that I’m hoping will make your day and help you realize why Chuck Norris is…well, CHUCK NORRIS!
Chuck Norris is what Willis was talking about.
If paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, and scissors beats paper, what beats all three at the same time? Answer: Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris does not “style” his hair. It lays perfectly in place out of sheer terror.
There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.
And of course if Chuck Norris starred in the movie Warrior, it would be the shortest movie ever, because he would simply roundhouse kick every character back into their early careers.
But since he’s not in the film, the result according to critics is “surely as moving a film as possible to make about people beating the stuffing out of each other.”
But did you know that Warrior is intended to be a dramatic retelling of perhaps the most famous story that Jesus ever told? It’s called The Prodigal Son, and it begins with an awkward exchange between a father and his son:“There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’”
In that culture, if you asked your father for your inheritance while he was alive, you were basically saying you wished he was dead. Yet the father complies with his insulting request, and the son left home and blew through the money in no time flat. Then a famine came and he found himself in this situation:
“He hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He longed to eat his fill from what the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything.“
Perhaps it was the agonizing hunger he endured, or maybe it was a sheer act of God’s mercy, but eventually he came to his senses and thought of a way out:
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, but I’m starving to death! I will get up and go to my father, and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son. Take me on as one of your hired hands.” ’ So he got up and went to his father.”
How would you have responded if you were the father and your estranged son came back totally broke and asking for a job? Most might have a huge “I told you so” speech ready, but check out the incredible reaction from his dad:
While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him. Then his son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly, bring out the best robe and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet! Fetch the fattened calf and slaughter it. We must celebrate with feasting because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate (Luke 15:11-23).
The movie Warrior is a story about the internal pain and wounds that come from being trapped in the cage of a dysfunctional family, and the story of the Prodigal Son is a solution for how to get out!
Now, all of us have turned our backs on our heavenly Father and squandered our lives for our own pleasure. That’s why we have dysfunctional families in the first place, but Jesus is saying that the key to freeing yourself from this emotional prison is found in returning to your Eternal Papa, who waits with a pounding heart and open arms.
You may feel estranged and rejected by your earthly dad, but because Jesus paid the penalty for all our sin and guilt, you can experience acceptance and unconditional love from God. He is called a “Father to the fatherless.” He is pained when sin, bitterness or unforgiveness poisons our relationship with Him. And He celebrates the return of every single child who has gone astray.
But remember not to let this incredible truth cause you to forget that you are also a fighter! It is out of this love and acceptance from God that you can fight and defeat the enemy for the souls of your friends who are still in the cage of their own pain. If you are sharing the gospel in the power of the Spirit as a part of THE Cause, you are a warrior for Christ! Train well and enter the arena with a determination to stay in the fight until the victory is won.
Then not even Chuck Norris can stop you!
Flashpoint: Ignite Into Action
The story of the Prodigal Son is one of the clearest pictures we have of what God is like. Take this opportunity created by Warrior to ask your friends if they have heard the story and what Jesus is offering. God’s love and acceptance will provide healing for their difficult situations.
Accelerant: Fuel for THE Cause
Pray: Father, thank you for forgiving us even after we’ve run away and wasted our lives. Please help us to remember what You are truly like, and give us the opportunity to share the gospel with our friends this week.
Read:Luke 9:26. Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
Get: Helping teenagers get trained and equipped to enter the arena and fight for the souls of their friends who need Jesus is what the Dare 2 Share GameDay Touris all about. Get signed up today!