Summary: The Apostle Peter directs believers in Jesus in some important attitudes as we move through our lives. He instructs us to understand the end, be intentional how we use our time, and encourages us in the practice of prayer.
INTRODUCTION… Post Apocalyptic Movies (p)
Planet of the Apes (1968). The Terminator (1984). Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). 12 Monkeys (1995). Waterworld (1995). The Postman (1997). The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Wall-E (2008). The Book of Eli (2010). Oblivion (2013).
What do these movies all have in common? All of these are movies that center on a world after a great cataclysm has happened. They give a fictional peek at what life could be life after some sort of mass worldwide disaster. Some officially call them dystopian post-apocalyptic film. I call them “lots of fun.” I think my love of post-apocalyptic movies started when I was a kid when my dad introduced me to Charelton Heston and Roddy McDowall in the movie Planet of the Apes. In this movie, we are introduced to astronauts on a strange planet ruled by thinking and talking apes only to find out at the end of the movie the astronauts are on Earth! Then when I was older I saw The Terminator which shows life after machines take over the world. When I got into college I saw Waterworld and The Postman, both starring Kevin Costner and both are the exact same movie just one in the water and one on land. In case you are wondering what my all time favorite dystopian post-apocalyptic movie is (and I have seen many of them), it would be The Hughes Brothers 2010 film “The Book of Eli” starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.
Why do I like these types of movies? To be honest, I am not sure. I love science-fiction and many of them fall into that broad category. I love wonderful stories and most of them are wonderful creative and thoughtful stories. Many of the movies also comment on human beings and our character, values, and problems in such a world. Many of these movies make the viewer think about how we would act in such dire circumstances.
This morning we are going to talk about how to live our lives with the end in mind. Now I know that sounds a lot like a Steven Covey book, but it is not. We are going to reflect on one verse from 1 Peter chapter 4. It is unusual that we have just one verse to read. Since we do, I would like to read it several times from different translations to cement it into our hearts.
READ 1 PETER 4:7
(NIV) “The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.”
(RSV) “The end of all things is at hand; therefore keep sane and sober for your prayers.”
(ESV) “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.”
(HWP) “Da time wen everyting goin pau goin come pretty soon. So you guys, use yoa head, an watch out how you make, so you can pray good.”
(MSG) “Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer.”
The basics of this verse are not difficult. The Apostle Peter directs believers in Jesus in some important attitudes as we move through our lives. He instructs us to understand the end, be intentional how we use our time, and encourages us in the practice of prayer.