The idea of this article comes from Disney’s “The Lion King.” Allow me to provide its context:
Simba, a lion, the heir of the throne, fled to an oasis thinking he was responsible for his father’s death. There he settled into a laid back lifestyle, eating grubs and worms with his friends. After several years, a lady lion found Simba and told him of the trouble back home. She begged Simba to return, but he declined. He said he had no desire to be king, and that he enjoyed his life without responsibility. Then, an old monkey found Simba and challenged him with these thoughts: Remember who you are, and you are more than what you’ve become.
I challenge the Christian reader with these same thoughts. Have you settled into a laid back lifestyle? Have you become complacent? If so, you need to remember who you are as a Christian. And you are what the Scripture says you are:
Child of God and joint heir with Christ: “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:16-17).
Royal priest: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
New creation: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Sinner saved by grace: “…and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15-16).
Are you neglecting your Christian responsibilities? Have you lost your desire to serve God and your neighbor? This should not surprise you but the responsibility is yours whether you agree to accept it or not.
I leave you with a question for personal reflection: Do you think you have exceeded what God has called you to be? Hmmm, I suspect every Christian is more (in Christ) than what he or she has become (in this life).
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Pastor Seth Channell
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