November 15, 2019

Pastoral Nuggets: Because You Are His

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s … 1st Corinthians 6: 9 & 10.

Leadership Magazine once published an article about the 1995 Disney Movie, Toy Story.

The article deals with a particular portion of the movie where Woody, the toy cowboy, tells his friend Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut, that he is only a toy. You see, Buzz Lightyear thinks he is a space ranger.

Early in the movie Woody shouts to Buzz, “You’re not a space ranger, you’re an action figure … a child’s plaything!” However, Buzz refuses to believe Woody, and it is only after failing to fly that Buzz realizes the truth of Woody’s statement. Dejected and disillusioned, Buzz hangs his head in resignation, declaring, “I’m just a stupid, little, insignificant toy.”

At this point, Woody attempts to comfort Buzz by reminding him of the love of the little boy who owns them both. Woody states, “You must not be thinking clearly. Look, over in that house, there’s a kid who thinks you’re the greatest, and it’s not because you’re a space ranger; it’s because you’re his.”

As Buzz lifts his foot, he sees a label affixed to the bottom of his boot. There in black permanent ink is the name of the little boy to whom he belongs. Seeing the mark of his owner, Buzz breaks into a smile and takes on a new determination.

As I read that article, I realized that all to often instead of my name being Aaron McCollough, it could be Buzz Lightyear. Too often I think myself to be something that I am not. Too often I won’t listen to those who, in love, try to tell me that God hasn’t gifted me to do what I’m trying to do. In my naivety and bull-headedness I go ahead and try. I crash and burn.

Then, dejected and disillusioned, I hang my head and walk away thinking that I’m just a stupid, insignificant nobody. But then, in my dejection and sorrow God always arranges the events of my life to remind me that my value is not based upon what I can or cannot do, or what areas in my life have been successful or unsuccessful. My value is determined by the fact that I belong to Him.

Perhaps you are reading this column today and you are dejected, disillusioned, and have convinced yourself that you are an insignificant nobody.

Well, let me change a few words in Woody’s dialogue to Buzz and address it to you: “You must not be thinking clearly. Look, up in heaven, there’s a Savior who thinks you’re the greatest, and it’s not because you’re a Super Christian; it’s because you’re His.”

Christian friend, I don’t care how dark the Spiritual valley is you are walking through right now. I don’t care how bad the issues of life seem to be.

Let me assure you that if you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, then your value or joy is not derived from what you can or cannot do, or what successes or failures you have encountered.

Your joy is derived from the fact that your soul has been sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ. His name is written across your life. You know joy because you are His!

And guess what? Romans 8: 28 has not been revoked: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

What a powerful statement Woody makes to Buzz: “You must not be thinking clearly. Look, over in that house, there’s a kid who thinks you’re the greatest, and it’s not because you’re a space ranger; it’s because you’re his.”

Christian friend, kinda makes you want to shout, doesn’t it?

Brother Aaron 

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