James Bond has cool gadgets: wrist watches with lasers in them, exploding pens, cars with missile launchers and ‘ejecter’ seats. For the most part the gizmos and gadgets James Bond finds indispensible in his adventures are, like the man himself, just a figment of someone’s imagination; fantastical inventions often beyond the capabilities of natural science. And that’s what makes them exciting – for boys (and men) at least.
Today there are many retailers selling products branded as ‘boys toys’, stuff for fun, stuff for thrills.
The Bible tells us that the Christian ‘special agent’ is far better equipped than Mr. Bond:
‘For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.
For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).’
2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 [Amp]
Even now, in my 40s, I’m still excited by pretty much anything you can travel fast in and cool gadgets with lots of buttons but I’m increasingly more excited by my life in Christ. The thrill of speed, explosions, and witty inventions just don’t have the same potential as a transformed life, spirit, soul and body.
I grew up in a Christian home and I used to think that God was boring but I just wasn’t paying attention. Now when I read about the God-man who calmed storms with a word my eyes get wide and I exclaim, ‘Cooool!’
Although my body is currently located and constrained by the finite limitations of being ‘mere human’, my born-again spirit is located ‘with Christ in heavenly realms’ and is unconstrained, unlimited, infinite.
Jesus is alive! Now glorified, He has passed the baton to me. I am now charged with the assignment of reigning in this life, having dominion in every area of life. The potential of such a life excites me. I am looking forward to my future in relationship with the ultimate King of cool; my creator, my saviour, my Dad! Yeehah!