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Action Figures

Michael Pickford

When I was a boy, my friends and I were very excited about the release of the movie Star Wars. One of my friends actually saw it five times at the old movie theatre on the square of Savannah, TN. Soon after, action figures began to be sold in the stores, and we were anxious to collect them all. These action figures were made to look just like the characters they represented from the the Star Wars movie.

Is there a sense in which we, as children of God, are action figures ourselves? Paul wrote in one place, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). To Titus, he adds, “who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). “Do-Nothing Christianity” did not originate in the mind of God. Pew-fillers will no more enter into God’s Heaven than adulterers. Disciples of Christ were created in Christ for a purpose – to serve! To Work! To be zealous for good works!

Sadly, some “Christians” are as lifeless and motionless as those little plastic Star Wars “action figures” I played with so many years ago. We are not called to laziness, but to Labor. We are not called to slothfulness, but to service! We are not called to idleness, but to involvement! We are not called to abeyance, but to action! Let us be interested and active in the Lord’s kingdom – the church.

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