I like sci-fi moves. Many of them are not biblically based, but I can’t help but notice that they are unable to rid themselves of the imprint of the Creator. We are created in God’s image, and we are a product of His design. We may twist and warp His purpose, but His intent is written in our DNA — we can’t get away from it (John 1.3-4 NIV).
So when I saw the new Tron movie, I noticed the Creation themes right away. I’ve read blog posts about the religious symbolism, and I got a sense of how the writers perceive God in their words. I’m not going to discuss those themes here because I want to focus on the Isomorphic Algorithms (Isos).
I was intrigued by the Isos, and I knew that the Holy Spirit was trying to teach me something. Kevin Flynn desires to create a perfect world, but he realizes that he is not perfect. Thus, a perfect world could not be created. In spite of his imperfections, however, a “miracle” occurs! The pure and perfect Isos “manifest.”
Like Kevin Flynn, I realize that I am imperfect. I will always be in need of a Savior (Jesus), and everything I create will always be flawed. This has been a thorn in my side. I fear creating because I know my creations will always be inadequate. The more I get to know the character of our Creator, the more I understand my corrupted humanity. How can I produce something knowing that I will fall short of God’s perfection?
But God calls us to create. God gives us gifts and abilities, and He expects us to use them and not bury them out of fear (Matthew 25.14-28) We are created in God’s image, and God is a Creator. He gives us all the elements to work with, and He expects us to use our free will to design “deeds” that glorify Him (James 2.26). In glorifying Him, we find our sense of peace, joy and meaning.
Since I’m called to create, I continued doing it, but I kept holding onto fear. I’d produce something knowing that I was corrupting God’s perfect design with my flawed creation. Amazingly, though, I realized that something awesome was occurring when I created for God. I finally idetnified this occurence after I watched Tron. When I create, I see special pieces of His perfection in the midst of my imperfection — “miracles” are planted in the center of my defective design. I put forth energy and do the best with my abilities, and the Holy Spirit intervenes and plants a pure and perfect Iso.
For example, I will struggle with a certain insight that the Holy Spirit is trying to teach me. I will try to explain it in an imperfectly written post. But in the middle of my blemished writing, the Holy Spirit places a beautifully prepared truth. Within my imperfect design, a perfect Iso manifests! I push back from my computer, amazed by God’s grace, and thank the Holy Spirit for blessing me with a perfectly tailored insight. I know I didn’t create it. It was gift from my Creator, placed in the center of my mess — an Iso!
God plants Isos when I talk with friends, care for my children and adore my husband. (Or He can place them in ministries, businesses, art, daily tasks, speeches, projects, families and any other deed we produce.) However, I am flawed and unable to produce anything perfect. But God knows my heart is His, and He enjoys my trust in His love. He is gentle with me and cares about my desires. He knows my limits and understands my hang-ups, and He freely gives me His favor and His full attention. I create for Him because I find my highest calling and greatest joy when I do.
God knows I’m imperfect. He knew it when He gave me the free will that corrupted His design. However, He loves my imagination and my creativity, and He wants me to create for His glory. He fills in my imperfections with His grace, and together we create Isos — perfect pieces of creation designed to illuminate God. God weaves me into His creation, and He weaves Himself into mine. Because Jesus is my Intercessor, God is able to grow His perfection in the soil of my imperfections. So go ahead and produce your flawed deeds for the world, and God will shine His glory through them!
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5.16 NLT).
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” ( 2 Corinthians 12.9 NIV).