Big Idea

Loving Christ frees us to obey Him.

Scene Setup

Hiro and Tadashi Hamada were orphaned over a decade ago. Purposeless, Hiro uses his knack for electronics to exploit the illegal betting on robot fights. Despite warnings from his aunt and his older brother, Hiro refuses to break away from his "hobby." Now his older brother Tadashi has a plan to change Hiro’s life. He takes Hiro to the university.

Topics

Sanctification, Sin, Love, Transformation, Change

Scene

Tadashi shows Hiro his work: a healthbot named Baymax. Hiro begins to understand the breakthroughs his brother is developing and grows increasingly excited. Professor Callaghan, head of the robotics department, notices them and begins a conversation with Hiro. At first, Hiro is not impressed, then he realizes that Professor Callaghan is one of the foremost robotics experts in the world. Professor Callaghan invites Hiro to the university, but tells him that if he prefers easy victories it’s best to stay with bot fighting. Driven by his brother’s example and Professor Callaghan’s challenge, Hiro wants nothing more than to attend the university

Application

It is a well-known axiom that nature abhors a vacuum. Hiro’s older brother and aunt discover this as their frequent warnings against Hiro’s bot fighting go unheeded. While Hiro understands the wisdom in their cautions, all they’ve done is told him what not to do without providing an alternative, and the nature of human psychology is to resist a void. When Tadashi realizes this, and brings Hiro to the university, Hiro falls in love and his passion for bot fighting is sidelined. Focusing on what was wrong in Hiro’s life was not nearly as effective as giving him something better. The Christian’s battle with sin is similar. The law of God shows us the darkness in our lives, but it lacks the power of transformation. (Galatians 3:21; Romans 8:3) The Scriptures tell us that our world is passing away (1 John 2:17), but the story doesn’t end there. We can’t run away from sin effectively unless we know where to run to. We can't displace a love for our sin unless we have a greater love for Christ. We can come to know, obey, and love Christ because God first loved us and demonstrated His love for us on the cross. (1 John 4:9) The key to a holy life is found in connection with the supreme glory, goodness, and supremacy of Jesus Christ. (Colossians 3:1-3; Romans 12:2) He becomes the North Star around which our hearts and minds are oriented. Our hearts can only be motivated to obey and follow Christ through labor in prayer and the Scriptures. As we spend time in His presence, God’s Spirit works in our hearts and renews our minds, enabling us to follow God’s commands with joy. The more our minds are set on the glory and love of Christ, the more we find ourselves drawn to into a life of total devotion to Him. Love for God supplants love for sin.

 

Where To Find


Scriptures

Romans 12:2

Colossians 3:1-3

1 John 2:15-17

Romans 8:1-4

Galatians 3:21-23


Video Times

Start: 0:12:37

End: 0:14:35


Keywords

Sanctification, Sanctify, Sin, Sinner, Love, Obedience, Christ-centered, Sinners, Holy, Holiness, Transformed, Transformation, Change, Repent


Illustration Sermon General Warning

None for this scene.

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