Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love“, the singer sang. 1
Watching the movie Lion King this week reminded me of that kind of unfailing love.
Simba lost his father King Mufasa through the treachery of his uncle. As time passes the young adult, but rebellious king-to-be is avoiding responsibility accompanied by his friends Timon and Pumbaa.
Rafiki, the monkey-mentor, led Simba through the wilderness to a pool of water. Ripples form across the surface of the water, reflecting Mufasa’s face. Simba has a vision of his father speaking to him. 2
Mufasa: Simba . . .
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.
Jennifer at Cadre Ministries wrote, “Simba was the rightful king, but he wasn’t living like it. He was living for himself. “You are more than who you’ve become,” his father said. “Remember who you are.”
It’s a good word for us, too. Remember who you are. Life tends to get complicated: full of choices, lots of ways to spend our time, lots of messages flooding us from all around. If we don’t remember who our Father in Heaven is and who we are, we’ll wind up missing out on the life we were meant to live.
Over the next few months, we’re going to be looking at a few radical statements from Ephesians chapter 1 about our identity in Christ and how these truths combat the lies we often hear about our worth.
The first lie I want to address is that you’re not good enough. We get this message from all different directions. Movies, ads in magazines, and comments from others make us think we have to be prettier, smarter, stronger, more athletic, more tan—the list goes on. We can beat ourselves up trying to be something we’re not, feeling worthless when we’re unable to.
But hear this truth from God’s heart: You are loved extravagantly. Ephesians 1:3 says that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. In other words, every good thing God could have done for us spiritually, he has! Chapter 2 verse 7 talks about God wanting to show us “the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us.” And in chapter 3 it says he is able to do more than all we could ask or imagine. That’s extravagant love!
Do you know what the term extravagant means? This is what the dictionary says:
- lacking restraint
- costing too much
- exceeding what is reasonable or appropriate;
- excessively elaborate in style, speech, or action
- Synonyms: excessive, profuse, lavish
Christ demonstrated the ultimate in extravagant, outrageous love when he chose to die for us while we were still his enemies. And he continues to show this love every day in the ways he provides for us, forgives us, blesses us, and draws us to Himself.
Why should we worry about if we’re skinny enough, cool enough, or good enough when we have a God who loves us with this kind of beyond-reason, crazy love?” 3
1 – Psalm 51:1, NLT
2 – Script quoted from LionKing.org
3 – Cadre Ministries offers a followup to Jennifer’s post. You can find it here.