At the time of writing, Spectre has already taken close to $90 million dollars in its first full week in cinemas around the world, and no doubt will continue to fill theatres for some time to come.
At some point in their lives, almost every boy (and undoubtedly some girls too), have wanted to live a life like 007. Fast cars, explosions and incredible heroics, all the while coming out completely unscathed, appeals to a huge number of people as a career.
Unfortunately, when sending off our GCSE, A-Level or UCAS application forms, there is no option for a qualification in world-wide espionage.
But what if I was to say that right now, you’re exactly like James Bond? You are 007 every single day of your life. You are currently on a lifelong mission from God.
So “You’re mission, if you choose to accept it”, (I know this is from Mission Impossible, but go with it), is to “therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19-20).
Now back to James Bond.
007 is given a mission, but he’s not just left to get on with it completely on his own. In the same way, God does not just leave us to get on with it alone.
James Bond is the main character in the books and films, but he also has a large background team who aid and assist him in his missions. The main ones known to us today are, M, Miss Moneypenny and Q.
Now Q is the character of interest here. In every Bond film there is a scene where Q gives 007 the latest gadgetry and technology to help him along as he goes.
Now God does not give us an Aston Martin or exploding pens, but what he does give us is far greater and far more powerful than all the gadgets that Q has ever given to 007.
We don’t need machine guns or ejector seats as our mission is not a physical one, it is a spiritual one, against Satan.
So what are we given by God?
We are given the Armour of God, “Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground” (Ephesians 6:13).
God’s Word is a gadget in itself. In Matthew Chapter 4 when Jesus was tested, how was it that Jesus made Satan leave him? By quoting relevant Scripture and having a good knowledge of the Word.
So, although we may not drive round in an Aston Martin, or wear the sharpest suits, we are still on a mission far more important than those seen in James Bond. To become the best agent for God, we should strive to know the Bible inside and out and the only way to do this is to pick up your Bible and read.
Read the Bible every day. Memorise parts of it. And use it in your daily mission against Satan.