Category Archives: Eternal Purpose

Purpose according to Agent Smith

The Matrix – one of THE BEST films to see Christ. I could write a book about it. But I’d like to focus on one particular scene from The Matrix Reloaded. It’s about 30 seconds long, yet this scene hits the nail on the head. Why are we here? What is the reason for our existence? The answer? Purpose!! Not just any old purpose. His purpose, and His purpose is like Him – it’s eternal.

Agent Smith: There is no escaping reason; no denying purpose. Because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist.
[Several Agent Smith Clones walk in]
Agent Smith Clone 1: It is purpose that created us.
Agent Smith Clone 2: Purpose that connects us.
Agent Smith Clone 3: Purpose that pulls us.
Agent Smith Clone 4: That guides us.
Agent Smith Clone 5: That drives us.
Agent Smith Clone 6: It is purpose that defines us.
Agent Smith Clone 7: Purpose that binds us.
Agent Smith: We are here because of you, Mr Anderson. We’re here to take from you what you tried to take from us.
Agent Smith: Purpose.

Wow! I am still trying to comprehend that there is an eternal “purpose”. We are only here because of His purpose. Without the eternal purpose, we would not exist! It never crossed my mind that there is more to life than “saving people.”  We weren’t created to put on fancy clothes and sit in a building for an hour once a week listening to a Sermon on how we can be better Christians. Crazy right? Stop to think for a moment, why oh why did this almighty God create the Human Race? Why oh why does He care about us so much? There MUST have been a REASON he created us! He must have had a PURPOSE in His creating……..

It is His purpose that created us – if he didn’t have a purpose or a plan, there would be no need for us at all! Just as Adam yearned for another one like himself, Christ longed for a Bride and an expression.

It is His purpose that connects us. When we get together and we meet, it’s for His purpose only! Not our own agenda. It’s all for Him, through Him, by Him and for Him. Even the eternal purpose has a purpose and as Ephesians says this is “purposed in Christ!”

His purpose pulls us together. We are instinctively drawn together for we share in His purpose. We were created to be His beautiful Church. We are His bride, His house, His family and His body. He wants an expression and we were created to express Him. His purpose guides us while we are here on Earth. His purpose extends beyond our time on Earth; it exists before time, during time and even after time. We don’t look to the world for guidance; instead, we look to our King. For when we look to Him for guidance, we put Him in His rightful place – as head. He is the head of His body, which is His Church.

Christ keeps us going, we grow strong in Him. When we meet, it is for Him. He defines our very existence. We are bound to Christ. Christ lives in all of us, and we are bound to one another because of Him. It is His life in us that draws us close to one another.

Just as Agent Smith was trying to take away Neo’s purpose, the enemy will try to desperately take away ours. He will do anything to take our eyes off of Christ’s purpose.  For when we focus on other “things” we lose sight of His purpose.

Without His purpose we wouldn’t have been created, we can’t be connected, we aren’t pulled together, we have no guidance or drive, we have no definition and we are certainly not bound together.

For His purpose,

Megan x

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A Walk in the Clouds

This is an old (1995) movie that I saw for the first time recently. I will probably say this about every film that I write about.. But it was a beautiful picture of the Lord, in particular, His undying love for us.

The story is about a young man called Paul (Keanu Reeves) who returns from the war to reunite with his wife Betty (Debra Messing). Betty has decided that she longs and desires for material things and money. Betty persuades Paul to continue with this career forcing him to go to Sacramento. On the way, he meets Victoria Aragon (Angelica Aragon) whose Mexican family owns a vineyard. She is unmarried and pregnant with her professor’s child. Paul offers to stand in as her husband and then “abandon” her the next day.

Paul’s plan to slip away the following morning is derailed when Victoria’s grandfather encourages Paul to stay and help the family with the harvest. He and Victoria attempt to ignore the flame that is sparking between them. Paul’s righteousness prompts him to return back to his wife Betty and attempt to restore their marriage. When he returns home, he discovers Betty with another man. Their marriage is annulled and Paul returns to Victoria to ask for her hand in marriage.

When he returns, he is not welcomed by Victoria’s father. He is drunk and furious and attempts to fight Paul. The result of this is a disastrous fire which leads to the whole vineyard being burnt down. The whole ordeal sheds light to Victoria’s father – he realised his errors. Her father accepts Paul and with the “new root” the family begin to replant and rebuild their vineyard – with their newest family member Paul.

The trailer can be seen here

Okay, so I’ll jump right into the sighting of the Lord in this beautiful romantic film 

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Paul wrote to his wife Betty every single day whilst he was at war. This is a picture of how we, the church, the bride, are always on the Lord’s heart. He loves us, and He is communicating with us daily. He is telling us about His grand plan; He is sharing with us how much He loves us! Betty was only concerned with money and material “things.” We can get so caught up in the world system and our desire for material things that we can completely miss the fact that our bridegroom loves and adores us perfectly – just the way we are. And that in Him, we have everything that we will ever need!

Paul was an honourable husband, and in His love for his bride set off to Sacramento to sell chocolates. En route, he had his first encounter with Victoria, who we soon see should be his true “bride.” She was far from perfect. She was pregnant with another mans child, she was sick on him on the train, she ended up getting him kicked off of the bus because he defended her from two encroaching lustrous men.  What a picture of our Lord. We are far from perfect, in fact, we are the opposite of perfect, yet He will defend us all day every day, no matter what our circumstance or situation!

Paul agreed to step in as Victoria’s husband so that she wouldn’t look bad in front of her family. This is a picture of the Lords first miracle (when he turned water into wine). The purpose of this miracle was to remove the shame from the groom in front of his guests. Similarly, Paul stepped in to remove Victoria’s shame from her family. Both of these examples are shadows of the reality that the Lord has ALREADY removed our shame! Hallelujah!

Everything that Victoria had to offer was a desire of Paul’s. He grew up in an orphanage, and longed desperately for a family. Victoria was carrying life inside of her and she was surrounded with her family members. He longed for a wife that loved and adored him as much as he loved her. He saw that he could have this with Victoria. But he was bound by the law of marriage. Betty is a picture of the Law and how the Law restricts us from loving the Lord freely. We were under the Law and it had to be removed in order that we could enter into a free relationship with Christ. This is just like Paul and Betty; they had to annul their marriage (remove the “Law”) in order for Victoria and Paul to be together.

Victoria’s father is a picture of the old man. He was extremely traditional and bound by his family traditions and roots. He demonstrated his “love” to his family by means of his works in the fields. This is a picture of the old covenant. We could not freely love the father, we had to perform rituals, sacrifices and above all, keep the Law in order to demonstrate our Love for Him. Paul frequently got into arguments with Victoria’s father pleading for her innocence. He says “I know that she is good and strong and deserves all the love this world has to give. Can’t you see that, how wonderful, how special she is?”…”She’s like the air to me” he also says “Why can’t you just love her? She’s so easy to love”. WOW. It’s like the Lord is talking about his perfect bride, declaring how she deserves His love, how He adores her and how He finds her so easy to love! It’s beautiful!! (See Ephesians 5:25).

The entire vineyard was grown from a single root that had been in the family since the beginning. This is a picture of how the Lord is our root and when we plant Him, our vineyard will grow. He produces the fruit and the wine which unites the family (His Church and Body) all we need to do is plant him deep within ourselves and allow Him to manifest and grow. The family come together to harvest the grapes. They help one another and it is a time for celebration. May the Lord be the vine that roots us and unites us! He himself is a massive cause for celebration.

The celebration of the harvest called for the grapes to be crushed in order to make wine. The grapes had to die in order for the family to produce the wine. Just like the Lord had to die so we could be made “new”. This is the point in the film where Victoria and Paul realize that they have strong feelings towards each other. But Paul couldn’t be with her because he was In the Law of Marriage.

His honour prompted him to return to Betty to try and work things out. On his way home, he catches a ride and the driver says to him “Welcome back to Earth”. The vineyard where Victoria’s family was from was like being “in the clouds”. It’s a picture of how the Lord came to Earth to abolish the Law. When Paul got home, Betty was with another man. They ended their marriage that day. This is such a powerful picture of how the Lord did everything in His power to restore His fallen bride back to Himself. He sent the flood, He tried prophets, He tried a king and He tried a temple. He then went all in and came Himself (Welcome back to Earth) and he physically fulfilled the Law. The only way that Paul could be with Victoria, was if he got rid of the old. (Betty is also a picture of the Old man)

Paul could finally be with Victoria – his “new” bride. This is a picture of how we were once in Betty (selfish, under the law, earthly desires, incapable of loving the Lord the way He loved us) but because of the work of the cross, we have become the perfect bride which is Victoria (the Church, free from the Law, only desires what He desires, returning His perfect Love back to Him).

When Paul returns to Victoria, her father (the old man) is highly opposed. The father and Paul get into a big fight; this is a picture of how the old man can be extremely resistant to change – he is truly stuck in his “old” ways. Her father throws his lantern which results in a massive fire that rips through the vineyard and destroys everything in its path.  The vineyard stood as a symbol of their family’s history and it was destroyed overnight. Again, a powerful picture of how our entire history (in Adam) wad destroyed because of a single incident (the cross). The following day (a NEW day), Paul (Christ) walks through what’s left of the vineyard, the ashes and death, and finds the original vine that was planted. He pulls it out and finds that it still contains life.

The fire, which is a picture of death, brings Victoria’s father to his knees. His mindset of what it means to love his family is renewed and he begs his family to teach him how to love them, not through his works, but through his heart. What a picture of a renewed spirit. We no longer have to strive and work daily to earn His love – he gives it to us freely.

The family replants the root and Victoria’s grandfather says to Paul:

“This is the root of your life, the root of your family; you are bound to this land and to this family by commitment, by honour and by love”

Christ is the root – he is the root of our lives, of our family (spiritual family), He is the land to which we are bound to, and it is all through His commitment to us and ours to His, His incredible honour of sacrifice and most importantly by His LOVE.

Thank you Lord that you have crafted the most perfectly, beautiful Love story and that we are your Bride, your Victoria.

Megan x

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Okay – this was an awesome “feel-good” film with a beautiful storyline. Also a great film to catch a sighting of our wonderful Lord. The film is about a fishing expert – Dr Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) who is somewhat blackmailed by his boss into taking on a project that is being looked after by an extremely wealthy Sheik called Sheik Muhammed (Amr Waked).  Sheik Muhammed has a vision of bringing the sport of Salmon Fishing into the dessert. With the help of Harriet (Emily Blunt) the three of them embark on an uplifting journey of faith and fish to make the impossible possible.

Trailer can be viewed here.

I’ll give a breakdown of the characters first:

Harriet was a stunning picture of The Bride of Christ in the beginning of the film she was in a relationship with a man called Robert (Tom Mison). Robert is a picture of Adam or The First Man. Dr. Jones is a reflection of Christ, The New Man. He was also a picture of The Body of Christ… we’ll get into that in a second. Sheik Muhammed was a representation of The Father as well as Christ.

Sheik Muhammed (The Father) had a vision or a plan to cultivate a garden in the Yemen. the Yemen was a barren, dry void land (sounds a lot like the Earth in the very beginning…). He wanted to bring life where there was nothing but death. He specifically mentions that he wanted to bring the colour “green” to the Yemen. The Father needed someone to implement his plan, to help him bring it into it’s fullness. This is where Dr. Jones came in..this is a reminder of how the Father needed the Son for His eternal purpose.

Let’s backtrack a little bit… Dr. Jones was an “expert” in the field of all things fishing. When Harriet presented this “new” concept of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen he thought it was pure madness. How often do we deem ourselves “experts” in Christ? We can be presented with a totally new, fresh exciting aspect of Him, yet, our “knowledge” often prevents us from taking that “step of faith” forward to seeing it or should I say HIM come to Life.

Just pause and think for a minute, how big is the country you live in, now what about the the Earth, now the Galaxy, now the Universe, which by the way, is expanding daily. And all of “that” is summed up in Christ. How could we ever be an expert in Him? He is soooo big!!! Makes a lot of sense to me why we need all of eternity to get to know Him. Yet Dr Jones was an “expert” in this particular field and he stated that the whole project “impossible” – well he actually deemed it “theoretically possible .. just like putting a man on Mars is theoretically possible”

Deep down inside Dr Jones knew that – at a cost – the project could work. What was interesting was that he made the cost so extremely high that he thought Harriet would decline him. Our cost to the Father was also extremely high.. yet he paid it without giving a second thought – just as Sheik Muhammed paid the figure without a second thought. He knew what He wanted and was willing to pay whatever the cost to get it. Sounds familiar?

Harriet was in love with Robert. Robert was called to the war in Afghanistan. Here he was involved in a bomb explosion and presumed dead. Harriet worked on the project with Dr Jones and they began to find that they had feelings for one another. Dr Jones’ marriage was falling to pieces and Harriet had lost all hope in Robert ever being found alive.

In order for the project to work, Dr Jones required Salmon. He was not able to get them from the waters in England. Their last resort was from a fish farm. These fish were bread for one purpose – to be killed and sent to the shopping centre as food. Just like our fate while we were in Adam was surely death.

Dr Jones found the faith to believe that when the fish were released into the river, that they would recognise that they needed to swim upstream. He believed it was in their DNA, rooted in their inner being. Saints, the river is Christ. We were born to live in Him and swim freely IN Him. But for too long we have been in captivity, being spoon-fed a false testimony of Christ. He’s bigger than a 2×4 stagnant plot of water. Our spirits recognise His currents, He is the River. We – as a body – can know Him, and swim upstream in Him. He created us to do just that! To partake of His divine life and live freely in Him. Just like the fish in this film were able to come out of captivity and into freedom – we can too! Hallelujah!

The project in the Yemen was a split picture of Genesis and 1st John.

Genesis – it was a picture of a void, empty Earth. The plan was to bring Life to the Earth. Everything was going according to the plan. The fish were doing what they were supposed the garden was green – it was perfect. But a few men who opposed the plan plotted to destroy the garden. They did this by flooding it with the dam waters. The water (which is a picture of “death”) swept through the sanctuary and tore it to pieces. This was a picture of the fall.

1st John – The Yemen is a picture of fallen mankind. Dry and dead with no “life” living inside of them. Whilst everything appeared to “together” on the outside there had to be death for there to be new life. The flood waters are a picture of The Cross. They wiped out everything. But then there was a new day. On this new day, there was life in the river – some of the fish had survived. Robert (who is a picture of Adam) was back in the picture – it’s funny how the old man, although he is dead, has a sneaky way of making his way back into our lives every now and then. Harriet was faced with a choice – just like we are. We can choose to go back to our old ways and live in Adam. Or we can choose to let go of our past, and I mean all of it, and life in Christ (for Harriet this was Dr. Jones).

Harriet saw the life that the project was producing and she decided to stay with Dr Jones (Christ). The new day meant that Adam was out of the picture, and there was a rebuilding of the project. Just as Christ is rebuilding His house! Dr Jones said that the project would look different now (just like Christ looked different after Resurrection). He wanted the project to involve the community (it could not be done as an individual). Christ (Dr Jones), The Bride (Harriet) and the Father (Sheik Muhhamed) stayed in the Yemen, the new land (New Jerusalem) to bring their united vision of LIFE where there was once death.

The opposition in this film is a mirror image of the opposition found in Christ. Sheik Muhammed had a vision and a plan for a barren land just as the Lord, our Father has an eternal plan to bring Life (which is His Son) and give that life freely to us to live in Him, through Him, from Him and for Him. The opposers plotted to kill the Sheik (just as Christ was plotted against). In the film, the opposers never succeeded at killing the Sheik and his vision came into being in the end. In reality, the opposers never succeeded at killing our Christ and his vision will come into being in the end. It’s already happening. Just like Harriet and Dr Jones made a choice and left their old lives behind to be apart of The Father’s (Sheik Muhammed’s) plan and vision – we can make that choice too. Yes Today. It’s not a plan that comes with the “end times” He wants it now, on the Earth. He wants his garden back, He wants a dwelling place where he can walk with man in the cool of the day again. All we have to do is let go of the old, say goodbye, put it to rest and then we can turn to Him fully, we can give ourselves fully to His glorious plan! “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” I’m not saying it’s easy…. but I am saying it’s worth it!

For His beautiful garden, house, bride and more!

Megan x