A map to remarkable adventures and heavenly treasures.
Way back in 1973, filmmaker George Lucas wrote The Adventures of Indiana Smith. The story chronicles the adventures of a fictional professor of archeology, Dr. Henry Walton, “Indiana” Jones, Jr. However, unable to make this film, he presented this idea to fellow filmmaker and friend Steven Spielberg. Speilberg loved the idea and decided to make the movie.
A few years later, in 1981, Spielberg released the first movie in the franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The movie was a box-office hit, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year. Moviegoers marveled at the life-and-death situations “Indie” and friends encountered.
The story opens in 1936 when archaeologist Indiana Jones recovers a golden idol from a booby-trapped Peruvian temple. During the memorable scene, Indie outruns and dodges an enormous boulder. What follows are transcontinental flights, Nazi soldiers and mercenary attacks, deciphering codes, and many other death-defying situations.
It seems that Indiana and his friends cheat death at every corner. But, then, armed only with wit, a whip, and a side pistol, he accomplishes the seemingly impossible. Scene after scene, Indiana manages to find a way out and eventually achieve his mission.
What’s most memorable about this franchise is the character himself. When Mr.Jones is not uncovering relics and fighting the enemy, he’s a well-respected professor teaching archeology at a prestigious university. One of the most memorable lines in the movie franchise is when Indiana, riding a motorcycle through the library, stops, and one of his students asks him a question. His response, ‘If you want to be a good archaeologist, you’ve got to get out of the library!”
Indiana’s response is an excellent call to all Christian men on how we’re to live our spiritual lives. Too many men spend decades studying the Bible and never get out and apply what it says. On the other hand, many men never even open the “Good Book” and run around life lost and looking for the next great adventure without a “map.”
Let’s look for the right balance between both. You should spend considerable time studying the Bible and also a significant amount of time applying what you learn. When you do, you’ll have a map to memorable destinations, remarkable adventures, and heavenly treasures.
Answer and Journal the Following
First pray for insight and understanding of God’s word. Then and most importantly, how to apply it.
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
Contemplate and meditate on or memorize the passage. What is God saying to you?
How will you apply this to your life ?
How will you share what you learned with others?