Matthew 28:19-20 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (NIV)
Above you see Link and the Great Deku Tree, Guardian Spirit of the Forest and one of the forces that kept evil at bay in the kingdom of Hyrule. This is from the game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. To setup the story the evil villain Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo Tribe. He wanted to take over Hyrule and turn it to his twisted ways. He first went after the Great Deku Tree. He was the guardian of two very important things. For one he carried Kokiri’s Emerald, one of three Spiritual Stones and a key, used to open up the Door of Time and second he protected the beings of the forest known as the Kokiri and one little boy that was not, Link. Since Ganondorf did not get what he wanted he infected the Great Deku Tree with a curse.
The only person that could help him was the hero Link. A boy that lived in the Kokiri forest that did not have a fairy. The Great Deku Tree called a fairy named Navi to summon Link and he asked hum the question I ask you in the title, “Dost thou have courage enough to undertake the task?”
The scripture above is known as The Great Commission. Jesus tells us to make disciples of all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Holy Trinity, The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. He tells us to teach them everything that He has commanded us to. When we are in church and in the moment it is so easy to agree to that request. However, it’s difficult when you are face to face with someone and you have the opportunity to share a smile, share your faith and try to change the lives of someone around you. The request is so simple but the action of it is what takes a bit more work. It takes courage to stand up and say “My God saved my life and made me into the man or woman that I am today.”
This is what I think about when I think of the Great Deku Tree’s request to Link. Purge the curse that is within him. Link did not know what to expect. The only thing he knew is that he had to be ready to defend himself from danger that could be within. The Great Guardian knows that he was inviting him to the beginning to what could be the end of Link’s life but he had to set him up for a journey to save the world as was prophesied. Thankfully as you play Link, our hero, he wins. If we are to accept the task that Jesus gave us we have to be courageous to face the unknown of what goes into accepting his request. We may lose “friends” but we may also gain some new ones. We may lose touch in who we used to be but we will grow to be better people in Christ Jesus. We may die for His great cause but our sacrifice will not be in vain.
The one thing I found special is that the Great Guardian wanted to make sure that Link was not alone in his quest. He was assigned the fairy Navi to guide him along his journey. She helped him to focus on the task at hand. She gave him tips to defeat the foes in front of him. She help him to cut through the darkness and escape the mazes that traps us in its cold embrace. I think about Jesus as he said in the verse 20, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus promises to be with us. He knows we can’t take on the task alone. He will help us to defeat the fear, cut through the cloud of confusion, and help us find the voice that we need to carry on. It’s so much easier to find the courage to do anything in life when you know you are not alone. You can save the life of someone and never even know it. So like the Great Deku Tree asked Link at the dawn of his life’s greatest adventure I ask you on the dawn of what could be your life’s greatest adventure as well, “Dost thou have courage enough to undertake the task?”
Heavenly Father, I want to vow to you that I have the courage to do what you request of me. That I will share your gospel and your love with those around me. Even though I am scared please stay by my side and help me to garner the courage to move ahead. Thank you God for giving me the strength to keep on moving forward no matter the costs for Your greater good. In Jesus name, Amen.