In the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there are many excellent themes to discuss with your teen. Watch this movie together and then use the tools below to have a short Family Devo.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Star Wars: The Force Awakens begins with the First Order taking over while The Republic stands as help with The Resistance. Luke Skywalker has gone into hiding after the death of his new generation of Jedi, and The Resistance is struggling to make forward progress against the First Order. At the start of this movie we are introduced to a stormtrooper, FN-2187. He may seem like any other stormtrooper, but he quickly realizes that he does not want to be a part of The First Order, refusing to fire his weapon on civilians and helping Poe Dameron escape captivity from Kylo Ren. The tie fighter they steal to escape crashes on Jakku where the newly named Finn meets Rey and BB-8. In seeking her help, he identifies himself as part of The Resistance. Over the next hour, you can tell that Finn does not really feel like he is an official part of The Resistance. He feels, at first, as though he is lying even though he is actively working against The First Order. He feels like an imposter and that he needs to prove himself worthy throughout the film.
So often, we feel like we are not worthy to be a part of the family of God. We feel like we need to earn our spot, prove our worth, and clean ourselves up before we can truly be His child.
The Resistance did not need Finn to be a superhero or their salvation, they needed him to be willing to fight The First Order. They needed him to be willing to use the knowledge and skills he had to fight for The Resistance. That is it. God does not look at you and give you a list of ways to show yourself worthy of His grace and love. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for you regardless of what you have done or will do. All He asks is that you surrender to Him. He will do the cleaning up and the changing. He will overflow goodness out of your heart to others. He will help you to transform the way you think and act. It is not up to you. You cannot do it on your own, and He never asked you to. Take a minute and talk with your family about what they think is required of them to be a part of God’s family.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Do you feel like you need to earn your place in God’s family?
What do you put on your checklist as you try to make yourself worthy of grace?
What is one way you can begin to surrender to Christ and let Him take control?