Upon further review, that “prepare to die” thing with Inigo Montoya could go another way — something like this …
Instead of thinking of Inigo Montoya as basing his life on seeking revenge, since he is such a likable character whose determination, tenacity, and bent on seeing justice done are inspiring; maybe we should think of the Spaniard as illustrating for us, the way we should go about treating things in our own lives that need to be put to death. Ruthlessly. Listen to what Paul says about it, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature,” he writes in Colossians 3:5-6, and then he lists a few things, “sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” Let’s face it; we all have stuff we need to kill. Let’s be as ruthless with ourselves as Inigo Montoya was with Count Rugen. And should that evil nature rise up and try and make deals with us, run it through. “You can’t give me my choices back, you son of a bitch!”
There are many things about our lives that God wants us to be ruthless about putting to death. Yes, Paul lists a few here, but many of them will not be on this list, because they are personal to us. We all have particular manifestations of our sinful nature that need to die. And this is serious business. He wants us to take no prisoners when it comes to these things. Put them all to death. Here’s what this might look like. Based on the first one from the story, the others are my versions of the old nature I need to put to death.
Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!
Hello. My name is John Fischer. You are only concerned about yourself. Prepare to die!
Hello. My name is John Fischer. You’re judging that gay couple right now. Prepare to die!
Hello. My name is John Fischer. You are isolating yourself from everyone. Prepare to die!
Hello. My name is John Fischer. You’re lusting over a woman right now. Prepare to die!
Hello. My name is John Fischer. You’re trying to avoid your responsibilities. Prepare to die!
Hello. My name is John Fischer. You’re falling asleep when you should be working. Prepare to die!
Hello. My name is John Fischer. You’re blaming everyone but yourself. Prepare to die!
Hello. My name is ________________. You__________________________. Prepare to die!
How about you? How would you fill this out? Then after you’ve thought about it, and maybe made your own list … do it! Put that thing to death. Don’t bargain with it. Kill it. And if you need inspiration, just remember Inigo Montoya.