I love a good movie and no greater collection of films exist than the James Bond movies. Unlike other series of movies, like Rocky, Rambo, Jaws, and Star Wars, the movies did not get worse as the sequels piled up. (Sure some weren’t as good as others). But, put Bond in the film and people will show up, even though there have been more than 20 of them made already. This past week I doing some studying and was reminded of the Bond film, The World is Not Enough. It was the 3rd of the Bronson Bond films (and often viewed as the worst of the four). The plot of the film I believe explains the title of the film. If you haven’t seen it, spoiler alert. Bond is asked to protect a billionaire oil tycoon’s daughter. The tycoon has been murdered and it was believed that the person who murdered him was a terrorist who had previously kidnapped the tycoon’s daughter. As the story unfolds we learn that the tycoon was actually murdered by his daughter who sought revenge against her father for using her as bait against the terrorist. She and the terrorist were in cahoots with each other. That was a massive plot twist. What could ever lead a person to kill their father, try to destroy her father’s industry and much more with an atomic bomb?
Sure, why might argue the trauma she sustained, the but the title really gives it away. Nothing. Even the world is not enough to do such dastardly deeds.
The bible is filled with examples of those that did something foolish and/or sinful in exchange for something we deem as of little value when we consider what they gave up. Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of beans. He came home from hunting and was starving. I can kind of relate (although I am not a big hunter). I have come home from a long hard workout and all I can think about is getting something in my system. I haven’t had the energy to cook, I just want something, anything, quickly. This was Esau. He was hungry. He wanted something, anything, and he wanted it now. So, his brother convinced him to sell him his birthright for a bowl of beans. We have often looked at this trade as the worst investment in the history of trades. Esau’s birthright was a 2/3rd of his father’s wealth. Let that sink in. Isaac was his father’s sole heir. He received every bit of wealth his father amassed. From what we can tell in the scriptures, he built upon that wealth (rather than squandering it away). Esau being the eldest would receive the double portion of a great deal of wealth, but he sold it for a bowl of beans. We often explain how foolish he was. We often rebuke him, even mock him for giving up so much, for what really was so little. (It was highly unlikely he was going to starve to death before a someone, even himself, could make something to eat). And yet, how many of us have made similar trades?
Is it a wise trade off to spend 2 hours at the gym killing myself and then turn around and eat a large Pizza from Michael’s? That seems counterproductive doesn’t it. (A friend of mine has a shirt that says I work this hard so I can eat this bad.) It really is foolish. Worse yet is when we make exchanges that affect our eternal souls. When we exchange a moment of pleasure for an eternity of pleasure. Let us be honest, most sins are pleasurable, otherwise we wouldn’t do it. Sex, illegal drugs, alcohol all have obvious pleasures associated with them. But, even the sins like lying, outbursts of wrath, murder, etc have pleasure. I know that might sound crazy, but there is scientific evidence of endorphins being released when doing such things. It feels good to get those adrenal glands flowing as we do something dangerous, yell at others, or do something that makes it so that we might get caught doing what we shouldn’t. So, people do them. Christians regretfully get caught up in them. We often prefer the pleasure we can have now rather than the pleasures that await us in heaven. As such we end up like Esau, selling our eternal inheritance for a night of passion, or a drunken party, or to “let off some steam.”
Remember what Jesus said, “or what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” The answer is nothing. The world, even the whole world is not enough. It doesn’t matter how good it might feel in the moment, it doesn’t matter how badly you want it or think you need it. In the end, it will leave you empty and disappointed.
Grinnell church of Christ
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The World Is Not Enough
Volume 8 Issue 27