Someone sent me some free images recently. This one of them. The creator says he was inspired by James Bond and it got me thinking. Look at this guy standing there confidently but look what is in his hand. Umm a gun we remember the saying about James Bond being licensed to kill and I think that 007 referred to the number of his license. OK, he was always seen as the good guy in terms of saving the world but his behaviour in relation to women was not always of Kingdom standards.
I started thinking through where did his confidence come from. His gun, the many gadgets that the special effects guys dreamt up, his knowledge. OK, what you can see in this image that gives him his confidence? I see the gun. Sadly many young men lacking in confidence think that having a gun will make a difference to their lives. It does, but not necessarily for the better.
There was another image that made me think. Look at this guy again standing confidently but where does his confidence seem to come from. I would expect that it is from his bodily appearance. He looks strong and muscular and he has the classic superhero costume on, complete with cape.
Like James Bond, he must have some effort into training for this role. We see in some of the James Bond films the preparation like the shooting range or the files he was given to read. No one is born with a body like the caped superhero either. It takes some effort to build a physique like that.
Yet look at them. Their strength and confidence comes from the externals. OK, they would need some stickability to do the necessary training and there is a certain mindset that would be needed to fulfil those roles.
Kingdom confidence is different
There is a sense the James Bond has kingdom confidence in that he has a license to kill given by the British government. However, I am not talking about that kind of kingdom. I am talking about the kingdom of God.
Where does the confidence for those who are part of the kingdom of God come from? It comes from their relationship to the King. It is nothing to do with externals. It is nothing to do with what they have absorbed from reading. It is nothing to do with how they have trained their bodies or minds. It is nothing to do with how they are dressed or what they have in their hands. It all comes from inside. From the relationship, they have with the living God.
A relationship where they are loved and accepted for who and what they are. A relationship where they are encouraged to grow and develop and become more of what they could be. Included in that growth and development is the healing and restoration of all sorts of upsets and concerns, both large and small. Sometimes even of things that might not be recognised as an issue or seem to be too insignificant to bother with.
It is that love and acceptance that builds up confidence. It is that love that overflows and becomes one of the biggest weapons in the kingdom, i.e. praise and worship.
There are stories of the praise and worship team going ahead of the army and the opposing forces scattering. Flag bearers and dancers and musicians are very different superheroes. Yet in the kingdom, they are just that.
If you are someone who is interested in using flags in worship I once put everything I knew onto a website. It is still up and running and you can find it at www.worshiptools.co.uk The basics don’t go out of date, although the links out of it might have done. No, I am, not trying to sell you anything. It was intended to be pay back time as I had taken so much from others online that I decided to do something to give to others.