I’m sure that many are excited that “The Avengers” released on DVD and blueray this week. I know I am. But I’m even more interested that this is the 25th anniversary of “The Princess Bride.”
I must have watched that movie a hundred times during college – mostly in my friends apartment. It’s always been that movie that “had it all.” It has action, adventure, mystery, intrigue and the kind of quick witted comedy that will have you rolling around on the floor shouting “rewind it, rewind it!” (although that would mostly be Bryan)
In addition to celebrating this great movie, my mindset as a believer points me to the overall theme of this movie -True Love. From beginning to end this movie offers up its model of true love with the phrase “as you wish.” This too is how we should show our love to our heavenly Father.
In our day and with the great draw of Christian worship music, we are constantly tempted to believe that when our music in church is well done, then we’ve worshiped God well or that if we love the music, then God felt loved by us. It’s true that singing our songs of Praise is an act of love toward God, but it is not our complete worship offering. Yes, singing to God is commanded in scripture, but in itself, it is only a small portion of our love demonstrated.
True love for God is saying “as You wish,” then doing it daily, whole heartedly, gladly and faithfully. Jesus said “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) But he didn’t just demand obedience, he demonstrated it by showing in one act his love for the Father and for human kind. “When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8)
Will you also surrender your whole obedience to God as your offering of true love? Are you willing to demonstrate “as You wish” love for Christ and keep his commands?
In the Garden Jesus prayed to the Father, “not my will, but yours be done.” (As You wish.)