Have you ever seen the Lion King? It’s a story about a lion cub, Simba, who is to be the king of the pride, but the king’s brother, Scar, kills the king, Mufasa, and tricks Simba into believing it’s his fault Mufasa died. So, Simba runs away in shame, and for fear, grows up thinking all along he is to blame and in doing so forsaking his right to be king.
Well, it’s after he has grown up that he runs in to a baboon, Rafiki, who knew his father, and tells Simba his father is still alive. So, he takes Simba to a pool and tells Simba to look and he will see his father. Simba leans over and in the moonlight he sees his own reflection in the water. He is let down not seeing his father, but Rafiki tells him to look harder.. When he does, something happens. Suddenly, his father appears. What his father tells him changes the course of his life and the destiny of others. His father tells him, “You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become.”
I believe this is us today. The Church. (The People, not the building..) We have forgotten who we are, and in so doing have forgotten the King, whose image we bear. I think we have had our identity stolen from us and with that our future and hope. We were made for so much more than what we have become. I believe we need to go back and look in the mirror. I know we see thru it “dimly”, but if we take our hands, clear the fog that has so clouded our vision, and understand what has been given to us.. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them we may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world” (2 Peter1:3-4)
For to long the theif has come and stolen from us, killed our hopes, and stolen what was promised to us. As Simba did in the movie so have we.. We have run away in shame and hid in fear. In fact it was Adam and Eve who were the first to run and hide. After Satan, the serpant, the theif, stole their identity and took their dominion, their promises, and their happiness away making them less than who they were meant to be. God came to the garden to walk and talk with Adam and Eve and when they heard Him they hid and God called out to them. Adam responded, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
When satan came he took our identities and made us afraid and every since then God has had to remind us not to be afraid, who He is, and whose we are .. (the phrases “Fear Not,” or “Do not Be Afraid,” are used 365 times in the bible. Think that’s an accident?) We have become a fear driven people. We are looking for our identity in the kind of car we drive, the size of house we have, the type of clothes we wear, where we go to school, and who our friends are. We lean on all these things because we have forgotten who we are and whose we are. We are looking through a fogged up mirror and we can’t tell who we look like. When all along we have been created in God’s Image. Bearing His Likeness.. In Genesis 1:26-27 “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,and over all the creatures that move along the ground.So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
This has not changed.. We have only forgotten. We have had it stolen from us. Romans 8:17 “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” We have had our vision clouded. We have allowed this world and satan to tell us who we are. We have not seen ourselves with a spiritual vision that is required, because satan took it from us in the garden with Adam and Eve.. James 1:23-24 says “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.” We need our eyes opened. Paul writes in Ephesians “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” And 1 Corinthians 1:24 “But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.”
I think we are looking “thru a mirror dimly.” I believe we have looked at the mirror and “walked away and at once forgotten what (we) are like.” I think we are “more than what (we) have become.” I believe we have been given “exceedingly great and precious promises that we may pertake of the divine nature.” I Believe God is saying what Mufasa told Simba, “You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me.”