My favorite movie quote, by far,is the one off of “Alice in Wonderland. At this point Alice and The Mad Hatter are discussing the slaying of the jabberwocky.
Alice Kingsley: I’m not slaying anything. I don’t slay, so put it out of your mind
The Mad Hatter: …Mind?
[Hatter stops, puts Alice down on a log, and continues walking]
Alice Kingsley: Wait! You Cant leave me here!
The Mad Hatter: You don’t slay? Do you have any idea what the Red Queen has done? You don’t slay.
Alice Kingsley: I couldn’t if i wanted to.
The Mad Hatter: You’re not the same as you were before. You were much more…”muchier” You’ve lost your “muchness”
Alice Kingsley: My “muchness”?
The Mad Hatter: [Points to Alice’s heart] In there.
Isn’t that how we are sometimes? When it comes to a spiritual battle, we just lay down and say “Nope. I don’t do battle.” We leave it up to someone else to pray. Someone else to fast. Someone else to speak the words. Meanwhile, God is like “For real? I have seen you battle before! Where is your fire? Where is your ‘muchness’?”
My question for you is have you lost your “muchness”? Have you lost your braveness, your boldness, your greatness? I know we are only great in Christ and what he does through us, but we have to be willing to MOVE. Willing to STEP OUT. Willing to be great in Him. Jesus was bold. Even when he was young. He sat in the temple, listened and asked questions. As an adult, spoke to those who were ignored (John 4). He touched those who were “untouchable” (Matthew 8 ). He spoke out against wrongdoing (Matthew 21). All of these things and more made Jesus a bold, brave and great man. He is the Son of God who was sent not only to die for our sins, but to teach us the right way to live.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)
10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
I also like how The Message puts it:
10-12″And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.13-18Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”
So, here it is . . . be bold in Christ. Be bold in prayer. Be brave and remember where your “muchness” comes from. When satan is attacking, when the world is coming against you, when your whole world seems to be falling apart, remember – in the end, Alice slays the jabberwocky.