“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Prov. 18:10)
From The Christian Church in the Last Days
Whether we consciously know it or not, when we place our trust completely in Jesus Christ through a God-composed journey of faith, we are subscribing wholeheartedly to the natural moral law. A personalized adventure of faith patterned for us after the lives of faith portrayed in the Bible, is God’s ingenious method of establishing a relationship with us based upon mutual love. This love will capture our voluntary willingness to climb any mountain, cross any sea, and bear any burden in response to the living God who loves us and cares for us. This explains why Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Ruth, Esther and Mordecai, Jeremiah, Elijah, Daniel, Peter, and Paul stay with God’s program through thick and thin. They recognized God’s confident love for them and responded with fidelity and loyalty to God’s higher ways and plans. This is the elevated, higher character realm of the natural moral law where God resides.
Princess Anne and Joe Bradley unintentionally fall in love as a result of their shared Roman Holiday experience, combined with their physical attraction and growing affection for each other. This was not a consciously intellectual choice on their part, conferring merit on their creative wisdom to set all of this up in advance. We simply have the God-given, innate capacity for experiencing love that will alter our lives for the better.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
One theme of this book is that God sets up unimaginable life-scripts for us to walk in, individually tailored to His intentions when He originally created each of us. Love will motivate people to voluntarily choose high moral actions in a truly genuine and fulfilling way. Divine love is the dynamic force that energizes the journeys of faith recorded in the Bible. The “that not of yourselves” part involves picking up our cross, listening in the Spirit, and following Jesus. It is the love of God that actively intervenes in our lives that is the key for individual Christians and the Christian church in the last-days.
This is the part of the Christian experience that is infused with the most unselfish, loving intentions of God toward us, creating the space for God to insert a biblical version “Roman Holiday” of unique situations and circumstances into our lives.
The secondary theme of this wonderful movie Roman Holiday, where the cost of duty and honor is commendably chosen over the short-term gain of personal preference, is something that Christians can anticipate becoming more clearly defined in our journeys of faith as the last–days approach. Love that produces and exhibits self-sacrifice is one of the basic spiritual realities of the Christian life. It is one of the fundamental aspects of this natural moral law that is a part of the Almighty God that we worship and follow. Amazingly, this natural moral law even shows up as a main theme in a classic movie produced out of Hollywood in 1953.