If you’re a fan of a certain movie, the minute you read the title of this blog, you read it in a ‘certain’ way, and your mind went to the movie.
The movie? The Princess Bride.
In that movie, Wesley–the ‘Farm boy’ falls in love with Buttercup–the Princess. Whenever Buttercup asks Wesley to do something–no matter how ridiculous–he always answers “As You Wish”, and does it. One day it dawns on Buttercup that she is in love with Wesley, and that he’s in love with her–and that, every time he says “As You Wish”, what he’s really saying is “I love you”. (At this point, if you’re a fan of the movie, you can hear the music in the background…
You can watch the clip here:
As You Wish…I love you.
In other words, Because I love you, I am willing to give up my own preferences, agenda, etc., and serve you.
Not a bad example of ‘love’.
Maybe ‘The Princess Bride’ is on to something!
QUESTION: Who are those you ‘love’ in life?
Do you show them by an attitude of sacrificial service–an ‘As You Wish’ mentality?
What about God?
Last week at Kalamazoo Community Church (www.mykcc.org), we started a series called BOLD Faith, in which we look at some people in the Scriptures who demonstrated their faith–not only in the words they said, but in a willingness to step out and follow when they were called upon by God.
Last Sunday, we looked at Mary, the mother of Jesus.
As a young woman who was betrothed to Joseph, and as a conservative, observant Jew, she had her life pretty well mapped out. She was making plans for the wedding and their marriage.
Then God stepped in and sent the angel, Gabriel to her with a message: (See Luke 1)
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.33 And he will reign over Israel[f] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
This was major–for her family and her people (who’d been looking for and dreaming of the Messiah’s coming for centuries), but also for her!
HOW could it happen?
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.”
Mary knew this would be miraculous. A work of God that ONLY God could do!
She had to be amazed…floored…blown away!
She had to think of the cost…and it would cost her, dearly.
It would definitely ‘cost’ her reputation, some friends, her standing in the community…maybe it would cost her closest friends, and even her engagement. It might even ‘cost’ her family!
Her response: “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:26-38)
Essentially, she says, “As You Wish!”
She believes in God, she loves God, she wants to obey God and honor Him, so she says “As You Wish“.
That is BOLD Faith!
Mary–the young woman who became the mother of Jesus–had it.
Are you willing to say to God–no matter what He asks you to go through–‘As You Wish’?
Are you willing to do so, not begrudgingly, but joyfully and enthusiastically, as an act of WORSHIP?
I hope so.
I hope we all are.
Sometimes God might have us go through really cool, bold things–that others will be inspired by.
Other times, He may have us go through something that no one in their right mind would sign up for. Are you willing to do so?
As YOU Wish, Lord!
I will trust in You!