Judging Fireproof, the Movie

Tim Savage

"If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities." (Luke 16:10)
Having just watched the movie Fireproof, I'm still processing the many lessons God is teaching me. While I went to see the film just to say that I've seen it and to form an opinion on this "Christian movie," God brought me the most valuable lessons from the most unexpected place. Listening to the 2 young guys sitting behind us was far more important than critiquing the film. They definitely weren't believers; that was obvious from their loud running commentary through most of the movie. Their comments weren't necessarily rude (of course, anyone talking during a movie is rude) but it revealed a lot about how real people experience this kind of film.

This is the second time I've experienced something like this, the first during the movie Bruce Almighty, and both have really motivated and inspired me. I am so affected and amazed at the way God works. What were those 2 guys doing in that theater, in the middle of the day? How did they choose that movie? It boggles my mind that they sat through the whole thing and listened to the message. I can't imagine a better education or learning more valuable lessons than the unedited comments of un-churched, non-Christians because they are exactly who I felt led to speak to. And if that is our audience then we have to speak their language.

I may see a lot of room for improvement in the movie itself, but judging from the reaction of those 2 guys I'm moved by the filmmakers mission and intent. There was a lot in the film for them to think about and chew on. If given the opportunity to do a movie myself someday, I hope that it would be more mainstream, but still with strong Christian morals and lessons; something that would appeal, entertain and intrigue a wider audience, but also give them hope and a desire for a closer relationship with God.
So the lesson from my chosen scripture is that I must continue to be faithful in the responsibilities I have in front of me. I need to daily press forward doing my best, trying to consistently improve. Then, and only then, will I be ready if the opportunity presents itself.
Dear Heavenly Father, Please grant me a heart of faithfulness. Thank You for gentle reminders. Please help me to daily press forward doing my best, trying to consistently improve. In Jesus name, Amen

Devotions for October 03

Ezra 5,6
Psalm 138
Luke 16

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