No Throwaways

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie posterSo, I watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story recently. As a long-time fan of Star Wars, I have to begin by saying it was everything I wanted The Force Awakens to be. That I liked the movie at all came as a surprise, because for a long time I held a healthy level of skepticism about its value as a story. After all, the ultimate outcome of the movie has been known since 1977. I called it a “throw-away story.” As much as the movie helped dispel that notion, it was more so the realization that knowing the outcome of events doesn’t make the work leading to them any less important.

As a Christian, I believe God has already told us the end of all things. In fact, God’s predictive prowess is a hallmark of His incomparable nature: “I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.” (Isaiah 46:10, HCSB)

In keeping with this, He revealed to the Apostle John His plan for the consummation And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." - Revelation 21:3-4, ESVof the millennia of work He had done in bringing mankind back into perfect relationship with Himself. For a brief glimpse, see Revelation 21 and 22 (some excerpts are on this page). So we already know how the story of mankind, the world, all of history ends. God wins and with Him all who acknowledge, seek, and submit to Him. Suffering over. Death at an end. Knowing the end, however, does not diminish every day between now and then. Our suffering, our struggles, our choices matter. Not just for ourselves, but for others.

When we surrender ourselves to God, and allow Him to work in and through us we play the role in God’s story for which we were designed. Jyn, Arno, K2, and the whole cast of Rogue One played a major role in Star Wars, even while being a small part. They only obtained the Death Star plans, whereas Luke, Han, and the other classic characters destroyed it. Likewise, though our part in the story is minuscule compared to Christ’s and we may only provide in our lifetime the groundwork for others to do great things, without the groundwork those things will never come to pass.

Perhaps, in part, my enjoyment of Rogue One is owing to a respect for the quiet, smaller scale heroes. Now I know, no story is a throwaway. Least of all the one God is composing in your life and mine.

and there will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His slaves will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. Night will no longer exist, and people will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. - Revelation 22:3-5, HCSB

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