Here is the first day of the Lights, Camera, Action Devotion Guide. Today, we will take a look at The Hunger Games and a passage in John 15.
In the next 10 days, we will take a look at 10 different movies with the objective of:
Bringing to light a scripture passage that can be seen as a theme in a movie (Lights), focusing in on specific themes, points, and keys from that passage (Camera), and taking action by applying what we’ve learned in a practical way in our daily lives (Action).
I would encourage you to read the scripture passage first and then take some time to reflect on it. Today, we will start with “The Hunger Games.”
Scripture: John 15:9-14
Lights: What a great place for us to start out our study. The Hunger Games is full of biblical allusions and such that can be used, but to me, there is none better than what you see in the very first one in the first 10 minutes of the movie.
All the teenagers and children from District 12, including Katniss Everdeen and her little sister Primrose, gather to see who will be selected for the 74th Annual Hunger Games. One male and female contestant are drawn from each District to compete in front of the entire country of Panem and “The Capital” in a fight-to-the-death battle.
Prim is chosen to represent the district and almost immediately we hear Katniss yell out in despair, “I volunteer as Tribute!” taking the place of her younger sister.
Camera: Many people misread the verse in John 15 where it says, “Greater love has no one than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Most people begin thinking about soldiers and war and while that is true, the love it is talking about is the love that Jesus showed us by dying on the cross for our sins.
It was our place to hang on that cross and suffer eternal punishment, but just like Katniss, Jesus freely took our place. It’s bigger than some movie. We can see that theme in the movie, but make no mistake, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. Without Him, we have no hope. He never sinned one time and yet still died for me and you. That sacrifice has no comparison.
Action: Have you ever accepted Jesus’s free gift? Do you know what it means to be saved? If you haven’t ever done that, reflect on why you haven’t made that decision. If you have questions about what true salvation means, please don’t hesitate to ask.
If you have, take time today to thank Jesus for the free gift He has given you. Also, pray for those in your life that may have not made that decision or you’re not sure where they stand.