American Sniper and the Gospel… And YOU…

My wife and I saw the American Sniper movie this week (for our anniversary!  She loves me…).

I will say that this movie was difficult to watch, yet amazing.  I was struck, but not surprised, by Chris Kyle’s devotion to his country and his fellow soldiers.  You can tell it’s not that he enjoyed taking a life – it’s that he was the most effective person at keeping his men alive.  You can debate that – but the truth is, whether or not he was there, the war was happening.  So given that, he sacrificed as best he could in his flesh – at risk to his marriage, to his family, his very life – for the sake of others.  Wow…

You think he wanted to?  I don’t believe he did, or any other brave soldier does.  But they put the mission, the duty, the obligation, before their personal interests.  Wow…

THAT’S THE GOSPEL!  Whether or not we are involved, or want to believe it – the war is happening.  Satan is real, and he is doing all he can to steal, kill and destroy – to devour you.  You can choose to debate that – but look around you.  We have all seen the evidence of this – in our lives and the lives of others around us.

God knew this when He created us.  In fact – He ALLOWS satan to do this!  I can’t explain why.  But I know that it wasn’t like God was sitting there surprised by it, thinking, “Oh, oops, I better figure this out”.  He allowed satan to do what he did, and allows it today.  He knew this, and that we would reject Him, when He created us.

Get that?  He KNEW He would send His Son to die – FOR YOU – when He created you!  FOR YOU!  Just you, don’t worry about everyone else around you.  It’s YOU He’s after..

Remember the verses I shared in the post about our process to share the gospel?  One of them was Romans 5:8 – For God demonstrated His love for us in this: that when we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Christ died for YOU, while you were, or are, still a sinner.  You can debate that all you want – but it doesn’t change that fact.  He loves YOU so much that He willingly, joyfully took on YOUR sin, so YOU could have eternal life.

If nothing else, know these two facts:

1. Satan seeks to destroy you

2. God seeks you

Neither is because you are special.  But both are because you are so very special to the Lord.  In 1 Peter we are called God’s “precious possession”.  Do you get that???  YOU are His precious possession!  Don’t you want to be that?

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