The curtain has finally opened on the long anticipated newest chapter in the Star Wars saga, and is poised to break every pre-existing box office attendance record. Watch the trailer here. And while fans, young and old, are looking forward to the host of new characters that will no doubt become iconic favorites of a brand new generation, the much beloved cast (and creatures) from the first six movies is enjoying a splash in the limelight again as well. And as the movie opening draws near, we’ve all probably seen an up-tick of old Star Wars quotes popping up on social media.
Some of the most quotable quotes come from backward-speaking fan favorite and Master Jedi, Yoda.
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
“Judge me by my size, do you?”
“Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.”
The one I like best… and have quoted often to my kids over the years is
“Try not! Do or do not! There is no try.”
I think Christians would do well to apply that same thinking when endeavoring to fulfill the Great Commission…
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Too often believers approach their spiritual life with an “I’ll just give it my best shot” attitude. It’s definitely OK not to be overconfident about the outcome of your labors, but to really accomplish anything of spiritual value, you often have to “unlearn what you have learned” (Yoda) from the world. Desire and good intentions can be effective motivators in the beginning, but are not often enough to instill the long term commitment necessary to reach godly goals. Scripture is quick to instruct followers to “make every effort” to accomplish the will of God. (Luke 13:14; Eph. 4:3; Heb. 4:11, 12:14; 2 Pet. 1:5 etc) While a believer must be dependent on the Holy Spirit to be the enabler of any good work, he or she must also have be determined, persistent, and make more than halfhearted attempts. Even a cursory reading of Jesus’ command in Matthew 28 reveals the imperative tone behind his instructions. He didn’t say try to make disciples, or maybe baptize them, or attempt to teach them to obey. Instead, He delivered a concrete outline for spiritual growth and development, and we need to set his plan as our unwavering strategy.
Because the truth is, disciples don’t reach maturity by simply trying; They reach maturity by training. And only then (as Yoda told Luke) can a student ….
“Pass on what you have learned.”