The minions travelled the world searching for the most evil of villains to serve. It’s what they lived for. They were minions, underlings, followers. Without someone, or something to follow they were hopeless.
When they finally found the one they would serve, they found their purpose, they were complete, fulfilled and finally happy.
Me and Joe went to see the Minions movie a couple of weeks ago, after looking forward to it for over half a year. We had been big fans of the minions for a while, I even managed to crochet Joe one for Christmas last year. He got left on an electric heater over night, the heater was switched on. Now that minion is looking pretty sorry for himself!
Watching the minions spend their lives searching for a master made me think of us, in our humanity.
We are all like minions, serving someone or some thing. It’s an inbuilt desire everyone has. Whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, that desire is there, deep inside all of us.
For some people it’s obvious, they are clearly serving something which is bad, maybe greed or sexual desires. In other people it might be less obvious, maybe they are serving their friends, or their parents, they have a deep need to please. A need which more often than not is left unfilled. Their friends or parents always wanting more than they can give.
Much more than servants, we are all slaves to something. We are in bondage, tied up. We are so like the minions. But unlike the minions we are not fulfilled in this. We seek to serve, but end up serving the wrong things and find ourselves trapped, with no way out.
The truth is, there is only one way out. One way that we can be set free. And that is through Jesus. He can set us free from our bondage, our slavery to the wrong things.
Once we have been set free, we will still have that desire to serve though. That’s because it is God who put that desire in us. He put that desire in us so that we would choose to serve him.
When we serve him, we find ourselves, like the minions: finally fulfilled, complete and secure. God has our best interests at heart. He loves us. Serving him is the best thing that we can ever choose to do, it’s what we are made for.
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)