What we believe and why
To put it simply, it’s about creating film WITH Jesus and not FOR Jesus. The Mirari Commitments are short memorable sayings that remind us to let Jesus Christ walk with us in creating film, and it is that walk, a testimony of Jesus’ hand, which we brag about to others.
In other words, creating film is just a means to create a testimony of Jesus Christ in our lives. Our main product is not film, but rather a witness to others of Jesus, who is alive and living in our productions. That is our true act of worship.
Heart over hands
God has demonstrated throughout the Bible that the people he uses are the ones the world has judged not capable (Moses, David, Gideon, Mary, Ruth, etc.). God wants your heart before He can use your hands. And, it is through faith we ask God to gift our hands to accomplish His work.
Col 3:23,24 – Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
Audience of One
The typical business question is, “who is your target audience is?” Our reply, “An audience of one, and what Jesus decides to do with it is His business.” This forces us to ask Jesus what He wants us to produce, and while we may have a generalized idea of our market, we trust Jesus to guide us to the people He wishes to reach. In doing so, we are given another testimony of how Jesus has reached the lost.
Ex 20:5,6 – You shall not worship [idols] or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
God got us here, God will get us there
It is too easy, and far too human, to look back and remember our hands doing the work. The world wants you to brag on your accomplishments through a resume of credentials, but it is God who orchestrates events and people. It is He who blesses and guides our steps. It is His ministry of reconciliation with the world that pushes us forward.
1 Cor 3:6,7 – I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.
1 Cor 4:7 – For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
Seek the Kingdom First
Just like the Great Commission (Matt 28:16-20), our projects must build the community of God’s kingdom. It is our singular focus.
Matt 6:33 – But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
The meaning of “striving” in this verse is “to drop you hands from exhaustion”. Other translations use “be still”, but that loses its meaning in today’s language as, “be quiet or rest”. Secondly, “nations” does not mean “political states or nationalities”, but rather “‘sub-cultural groups” such as: teenagers, soccer moms, football fans, etc. If you want God to be praised in all the different sub-cultural groups, to the entire world; then stop trying so hard to do it on your own. Drop your hands from exhaustion, and know who rules this world. Then, God will do His part and use you to glorify Himself in front of your friends, family, sub-cultural group, and the world.
Ps 46:10 – “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Deuteronomy 8:17 – Otherwise, you may say in your heart, “My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.”
Worship on set leads to worship in the theaters.
The testimony of how the film was produced is a great indication of it success. Could you image worshipping with a praise band that hates each other and doesn’t produce its music in a Christ-honoring manner? This is why we view our testimony as our product, and the actual film as a by-product. It is our dream that our films will just be a gateway to our Behind The Scenes, so everyone can glorify Jesus at what he has accomplished, not in our production, but in our hearts.
John 4:21-24 – Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Principles of Worship
We are designed to worship.
“The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” A.W. Tozer
Revelation 4:11: “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
We worship the exceptional.
God is the only real one in the category of “god”.
I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”
Worship is relational.
You must have a relationship with God and others to truly profess your worship
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Worship is the result of a testimony.
If you have not allowed God to do anything in your life, then you have no reason to worship him.
While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”
Worship is bragging.
Worship is to bear witness of the acts of Jesus. We brag or boast about the acts of exceptional people all the time…that is worship. Worship isn’t limited to a song on Sunday, but to brag about Jesus in your “everyday” life.
2 Corinthians 10:17
But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.