If you have pre-school children that watch cbeebies then its likely that you have heard them singing along to the Octonauts theme tune. My kids love the show and I must admit, it’s my favourite children’s programme around at the moment. Its mixture of likeable characters, interesting marine animals needing rescuing and catchy theme tune have made it a hit in our household.
Yesterday I was leading the service in my church, for the children’s talk I showed a picture of the characters and asked the kids what programme it was, what the characters’ names were and what their mission was. If you watch the show you will know that their mission is to EXPLORE, RESCUE, PROTECT the marine animals and underwater environment. This is how Captain Barnacles describes it: “to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures and protect the ocean“.
I pointed out to the kids that God loves people very much and like the Octonauts, has a mission to Explore, Rescue and Protect people:
- Explore: “Go into all the world” Matthew 28.18
Jesus came to earth as part of God’s mission to mankind and now he wants to use us, as we grow up, in this global mission to the whole world. I reminded them that there are people from this church and others all over the world carrying out God’s mission of exploring every part of the earth for him.
- Rescue: “I have come to seek and save the lost” Luke 19.10
Jesus came to rescue people who had got into trouble. He came to help those in need, those who have made bad choices or been the victim of circumstances – he now wants us to also rescue people from a dark world.
- Protect: “He who comes to me I never cast out” John 6.37
Jesus promised that whoever came to him he would never reject. He will always protect and accept anyone who comes to him, now it is our job to do the same – welcoming people into the family of God and protecting each other.
So remember, kids (I said to them!), the next time that you hear the Octonauts’ theme tune and the “explore, rescue, protect”, that God also has a mission for us to do and he is looking for little Octonauts to explore, rescue and protect people.