Ethan Hunt Steals Satan’s Playbook.

Ethan Hunt is at it again, saving the world from certain destruction in Mission Impossible: Fallout. There’s an unforgettable scene that depicts the pitfalls of placing too much trust in your senses and I want to share it with you.

For some reason there are subtitles in wingdings. Enjoy.

Ethan Hunt convinces his prisoner of a false reality which leads the handcuffed patient to betray his cause. The devil relishes the role of Ethan Hunt and plays it with us. Satan convinces us that treasures in this life are what we should pursue and trust instead of Christ. Chase wealth! Chase influence! Chase success! Look around, that’s what you can rely on.

The Bible warns us against putting confidence in this temporary world instead of an eternal Savior.

2 Corinthians 4:18 (ESV)

We look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Jesus tells a parable that should convince us things will never supply our greatest need.

Luke 12:16-21 (ESV)

“The land of a rich man produced plentifully,  and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Harsh outcome for the rich man! People need food, what’s so wrong with storing it up? Joseph (coat of many colors) did it and he was part of God’s plan to save a nation, but this rich guy gets fried. What gives?

The significant difference is a man submitted to God and a man that worships his stomach. Joseph trusted in the Lord and his store houses were built in response to God’s leading. The rich man built storehouses because he didn’t trust in God to provide. The rich man couldn’t see the value of an eternal God, he just wanted lunch tomorrow. Pleasure now. Like the prisoner in Mission Impossible: Fallout, the rich man watched in horror as the walls of his reality collapsed. The rich man planned for this life but wasn’t ready when life ended abruptly. Many people aren’t ready because they’ve been convinced this temporary world should be their focus.

We don’t have to suffer that fate. Trust in Christ and look to an eternal kingdom.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, 16-17 (ESV)

God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.  To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,  comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.