Do you remember the feeling of doing something wrong and looking around to see if someone saw you? Perhaps this week you tooted the horn a bit too passionately at a slow driver? The truth as we know it is that all of us have done things we are not proud of, and all of us would be horrified if the good, the bad and the ugly of our life was catalogued for all to see or download.

On Wednesday evening Leanne and I saw Ready Player One. Set in the future, the main form of entertainment is an ‘escape’ into a virtual reality world called the Oasis where you act as you please. Founder of the Oasis James Halliday has died. However he left clues in the Oasis for a final game with the victor to inherit his wealth and gain control of the virtual reality universe he has created. All the clues are related to his life, and James Halliday has provided the Oasis with a library of his entire life on video, enabling players to try and find the clues. There is a powerful scene in the film where thousands of memories are being sifted through in the library of his life.

Friends, we serve the God who knows our every secret thought, our every sinful action, our insecurities and our fears. We will be called to give an account to God for the way we have lived our life (Romans 14:12), and in the final judgment every deed will be assessed and exposed (Ecclesiastes 12:14).  Thankfully, we have Jesus as our Great High Priest who covers our sin with his blood and makes us pure and perfect before God (Hebrews 10). We do not need to fear the final judgment, and we are now freed up to serve God with a loving heart since we are free from condemnation (Romans 8:1). So may I encourage you this week to do everything in the name of Jesus (Colossians 3:17), as we serve our Holy God who has lovingly made us his Holy People (1 Peter 2:9). If you see the movie, keep your eyes open for other Biblical themes and tell me what you find!

Luke Pedersen

Luke Pedersen

Student Minister