Code Breakers


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The Second World War evokes gruesome memories of a multitude of nations at war over a variety of issues.  In sharp contrast, romantic dramas like Allo Allo, Home Front and Foyle’s War pique my interest and nearly pinioned to my screen.  The code breakers at Bletchley secured their place in history by turning the war on its head.  They broke German Enigma codes, which they deemed unbreakable and Allied Forces identified the locations of various armoured German transports.   With victory in their back pocket, the Allied Troops stormed mainland Europe and fought the last few battles, to celebrate VE Day in style.  So avant-garde you may say.  Really romantic, I think.  The World War Two generation changed the world.  They rebuilt industries, nations and economies from the ground up.  Many of the architectural wonders we enjoy in major cities are a testament to their forward-thinking.  They changed the way we travel, bank and build today.  They brought us out of a life of  old-world class distinction and limitation to greater freedoms.

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We are largely fortunate to escape the horror of world wars.  Our present battle is against an unseen enemy that plagues the mind, battles our spirit and is sadly immortal – until Jesus returns.  On that day, shortly after Judgment, he will be cast into the eternal lakes of fire, with his minions. I can hear the sizzle from here and get a sense of relief!  That’s me with my issues but feel free to celebrate the end of a great story – salvation’s path and the Saviour’s grand victory.

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John 10:3-5

New International Version (NIV)

3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

Our assignment is to permeate a desperate world with the love and knowledge of Christ and this wonderful gift of salvation to generations that have since lost God and picked worldly trends and idols.  No, I am not asking you to be like the old lady that lives on the corner wearing curlers and a hairnet during the day, yelling, ‘young lady, don’t you want to be like me and follow Jesus.’   Then again, weirdness works on occasion!

I would much rather be that covert follower of Christ that finds opportunity in the mundane episodes of life.  Striking conversations at the Holy Spirit’s prompting and finishing strong (and on the right note).  To be that codebreaker, moving unobtrusively among crowds, sowing seeds of goodness  for God’s kingdom.  I want to do the right thing, guided by Him and Him alone, accomplishing spiritual greatness, worthy of His recognition.   We need to break the spiritual code and share it with the world, to sow God’s seed in His people.  The world is desperate for good news and we are the only secret agents that can crack and share this code.  Listen for the Master’s voice and you are ready for His assignment.

Father God, let me be your spiritual secret agent, so still, only you can see me!  So swift, tricking and escaping from the enemy.  Help me Lord, to be the best secret agent I can be, only for thee!  Amen.

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