Connect to Something Bigger: Ephesians according to the Hunger Games

I started writing with the intent of making this one post.

My direction has changed.  I realize there’s more to be said than one post can handle.  So, I’ll start here and see where it goes.

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You are already connected to something bigger, well, probably many things.

By “connected,” I mean attached, plugged-in, a representative of.  The “something bigger” may be a group, an idea, an institution, or an organization.  Whatever this something bigger is, your identity is tied to it.  It needs you and you need it.  What you do affects it, and what it does affects you.  You are connected like a string on a guitar.  It relies on you, and the other strings, in order to make a beautiful sound.  When you’re broken or missing, the sound is not the same.

Some of your connections are by default. With these, there’s little choice in the matter.  This would include your family, school, town/city, and country to name a few.  Other connections happen on your own free will.  These might include college, Facebook, friends, church, and your job.

Most of the bigger things we’re connected to are not bad.  The majority are good, even necessary.  But, most of the time, we only think of our connections to them in terms of how it will benefit me.

Occasionally, one of us will have the courage to ask how our connection to something bigger can change the world.

One of last year’s best-selling books, Hunger Games, has a character who makes this shift.  Her little sister is selected to represent their colony in the hunger games.  If you don’t know what that means, the hunger games is a fight to the death between 24 youth chosen in a lottery system.  They are thrown into controlled game environment, with a limited supply of weapons and food.  Last kid alive, wins.  To protect her sister, Katniss volunteers to take her place in the games.

She joins the games to save her sister’s life.  Quickly, her motivation turns to self-preservation.  Katniss devotes every waking moment to strategy and training for survival.  It is all about her.

Then, in the first book of the trilogy, something switches.  Eureka happens for her.  Her motivation shifts from self-preservation to ending the Hunger Games completely.  With courage, she decides living for herself isn’t enough.  She wants to end the games for everyone.  She realizes she can be a part of something bigger.

God is doing something bigger.  God wants you to be a part of it.  For most of us, though, it will require a mind-shift.

Are you ready for something more?  Something bigger?

In my next post, I will discuss how Ephesians explains God’s plan for something bigger.

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