Put it on…

What a great time with the great folk of Pontypridd last night! In recent times the makeup of our group has changed but I am so blessed to be a part of a family that wants to see the Kingdom of God advance and see lives changed.

Last night I felt to share about who we are in Christ because it’s when we see who Jesus is, we see who we truly are. So how did we look into this? Well, before we got into the word…we watched a scene from The Lion King

The Lion King is one of my favourite films of all time. “But it’s a cartoon!” Yeah, but it’s pretty red hot cartoon and one scene in particular always makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. It’s where the ghost of Mufasa (Simba’s father) appears in the sky to remind Simba of who he really is:

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Simba: You knew my father?

Rafiki: {Monotone} Correction– I know your father.

Simba: I hate to tell you this, but… he died. A long time ago.

{Rafiki leaps off the rock over to a dense jungle-like area.}

Rafiki: Nope. Wrong again! Ha ha hah! He’s alive! And I’ll show him to you. You follow old Rafiki, he knows the way. Come on!

{Rafiki motions to Simba near some reeds. He parts the reeds and points past them with his staff.}

Rafiki: Look down there.

{Simba quietly and carefully works his way out. He looks over the edge and sees his reflection in a pool of water He first seems a bit startled, perhaps at his own mature appearance, but then realizes what he’s looking at.}

Simba: {Disappointed sigh} That’s not my father. That’s just my reflection.

Rafiki: No. Look harder.

{Rafiki motions over the pool. Ripples form, distorting Simba’s reflection; they resolve into Mufasa’s face. A deep rumbling noise is heard.}

Rafiki: You see, he lives in you.

{Simba is awestruck. The wind picks up. In the air the huge image of Mufasa is forming from the clouds. He appears to be walking from the stars. The image is ghostly at first, but steadily gains colour and coherence.}

Mufasa: {Quietly at first} Simba . . .

Simba: Father?

Mufasa: Simba, you have forgotten me.

Simba: No. How could I?

Mufasa: You have forgotten who you are, and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.

Simba: How can I go back? I’m not who I used to be.

Mufasa: Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true king.

{Close up of Simba’s face, bathed in the golden light, showing a mixture of awe, fear, and sadness. The image of Mufasa starts to fade.}

Mufasa: Remember who you are.

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We have to remember who we are. So often we lose sight of and forget who our Father is and so lose sight of who we are. We read Ephesians 4:21-24, about “putting on” the new nature, reminding ourselves of who we are and what Christ has done for us. We learnt last night that everything about Jesus, who he is, what we describe him to be, has a mirror effect on ourselves:

  • We call him Saviour – then we should live like we are truly saved
  • We call him Victorious – then we should know that we are more than conquerors
  • We call him Shepherd – then let us live like sheep under his care, in peace, confident of his protection and guidance
  • We call him Creator – then we need to remember that we are his created beings, his workmanship, his masterpiece (Eph 2:10) created for good and wonderful plans that he has for each and everyone of us (Jer 29:11)

We went on and each time we described Jesus we remembered the implication for us. This morning I put on the new self just as consciously as I put on my clothes. I have considered Jesus and am holding my gaze on him that I might remember who I am and become more and more like him.

Go and watch the Lion King, (scene 19 on the DVD). Then read Matthew 16:13-19 and Ephesians 4:21-24. Put on the new nature, the true you. See yourself as Jesus sees you.

Remember who you are

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One Response to Put it on…

  1. kira says:

    i love this picture!! do u have it any bigger??

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