“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”
–Psalm 51:17 (NLT)
If you have seen the smash-hit Disney movie Frozen, some of the things I’m writing may be old-hat to you, but I ask you to read on anyway. This movie asks an important question, which you alone can answer. So let’s take a look at the film’s plot.
In the Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle, newly-crowned queen Elsa accidentally uses her powers to bring snow and ice upon her home-land one summer night. This brings about a perpetual winter in the land. Anna, the queen’s sister, embarks upon a journey to find Queen Elsa and solve the crisis. Anna makes a few friends along the way, and many comical attempts are made to bring literal and figurative warmth back to the kingdom.
If you are like me and not really interested in movies, the application is still true. So let’s look at this movie from a spiritual perspective, and see what it says to you and me.
First of all, just as in the kingdom of Arendelle, the Bible states that each of us is cursed with the ice of sin. This has caused a perpetual winter in the heart of mankind, which has brought pain and grief into the perfect world that God made. Unlike the movie, however, the by-product of sin’s ice should not be laughter. But many people wink at activities which ultimately destroy them, calling right wrong and wrong right.
Now I am not suggesting that we shouldn’t have a healthy and wholesome enjoyment of life, but I am not holding back from standing for what is right, either. So let’s look at the kind of life that Jesus wants to give each of us.
Christ said that He came to give us life, and life more abundantly. Therefore, the quality of life He wants to bless us with is on a much higher plain than our sensual pleasures demand. It is a life of peace and joy, governed by the Holy Spirit–a life where we yield to His direction as He orders our steps.
The kind of life Jesus offers, however, is not meant to imply smooth sailing all the time. He said that rain falls upon the just and the unjust alike. This simply means that life contains a mixture of bad and good for everyone.
We are held fast by the anchors of God’s mercy and grace, for He said He would never leave or forsake us. So when the storms of life come, we have a friend we can call upon who sticks closer than a brother.
The Bible states that all of us have disobeyed God, and we can only take hold of the anchor which Christ offers by faith. Therefore, the good news is that we don’t have to live in the perpetual winter of sin, because we can have forgiveness through His blood.
But, also as in the movie, we are all on a journey. The only question is, where is yours taking you? If you have never met Christ, you can move towards Him by calling on His name, and turning the key of belief. All of us who do know Him, however, are invited to experience His embrace, as He draws us closer to His heart.
Whatever your situation, Jesus wants to strengthen and encourage you, as He calls you into the springtime of His love. Instead of continuing our lives in a frozen state of sin and grief, we can bow down to God in our brokenness. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, God has shown His powerful and everlasting love for us. And if you turn to God and worship Him, His act of love will thaw your frozen and sinful heart.
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