On this May 4th, it seems absolutely appropriate and fitting that we at least start the infinitely long discussion on Star Wars. If there is anyone who knows me, they could tell you that Star Wars are my favorite movies. Ever.
On May 4th, people celebrate Star Wars, and say things such as, “May the Fourth be with you.”
Also, if you’ve ever watched Star Wars then you know that there is so much knowledge, and spiritual/theological knowledge/wisdom that can come from these movies.
One character who just overflows with wisdom is Master Yoda. Which makes perfect sense. It would be a wasted life if he lived 800 years and wasn’t the wisest person in the galaxy. Throughout all six Star Wars films, Yoda is constantly viewed as the master of all knowledge surrounding the Force.
When Luke begins his training with Yoda, Yoda also begins to dump knowledge and wisdom on Luke.
Meditation can be seen as a spiritual discipline. As Christians we should meditate on God’s word and meditate in the presence of the Holy Spirit to hear from Him. Master Yoda would meditate to seek guidance from the Force. Meditation offered Yoda the calmness, peace and clarity he needed to be wise. Completely clearing our minds and focusing on the important things can truly affect us in positive ways.
Fear, and the path to the dark side
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Here is another quote that Yoda tells Luke, which is vital. This is obvious knowledge in the life of a Jedi, and the life of a Christian. Fear can lead us down dark paths. As Christians we should seek joy, not fear. We are more than conquerors. We have nothing to fear because Christ is bringing us joy, not fear. We have been given a spirit of joy, not of fear.
During Luke’s training with Yoda on Dagobah, Luke starts to lose hope when he is distracted by thoughts of his friends. Yoda consistently works Luke toward being able to pull the X-Wing out of the swamp using the Force, but Luke is distracted.
Luke: “I don’t. I don’t believe it.”
Yoda: “That is why you fail.”
Yoda reminds Luke that he failed because he didn’t believe. His faith was not as strong as it could have been. In Mattew 17:20, Jesus states, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
If Luke would’ve had more faith and believed, he could have accomplished this simple training task. Lessons such as these are of the many that can be paralleled between Yoda and Jesus.
Knowledge & defense.
When Yoda is discussing the Force with Luke, he states that “a Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” This can be similar to how we are to use the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
When looking at the teachings of Master Yoda, they can be paralleled to that of Jesus, and some of what is said can be parallel to that of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
Another lesson from Yoda that sticks out is his thoughts on self-control. While training Luke, he notices that Luke is getting frustrated and reminds him to “control, control, you must learn to control!”
As we learn in Galatians, self-control is one of the fruits of the spirit. It is a practice that should be part of our everyday life. Self-control is also among a list of things that Paul writes to churches that they must practice. If we can practice self-control, then we can have a better handle on our lives.
Overall, I believe it is quite evident that anyone who were to train under Master Yoda would be capable of soaking up the knowledge and wisdom that overflows from him.
And, may the force be with you all.