well, ak has been trying to get me to read this sermon from grace community church for like a year. i wish i could say that wasn’t true, but it is. (sorry ak.) i was much more of a beauty & the beast kind-of-girl. clearly, that’s how my mom potty trained mal and i – with belle panties because we wouldn’t make belle “dirty.” therefore, i do not recall most of the plot from the lion king… so if you need a refresher like me. here’s a small one – –
sacrifice. love. and the terrible scar. i don’t know why it took me this long just to pick it up and read it the sermon, but i must admit that i really love the analogy that the movie has to jesus and his kingdom.
much like simba’s newfound position, the thought is brought up in the sermon:
Consider it yourself. What would it do to your self image and the meaning of your life id you were to suddenly discover that you are royalty, an heir to a great kingdom, and the recipient of all the provisions needed for your position? Yet that’s what Paul says God gave you, and which was the whole purpose of your redemption.
if awoke every knowing that and living out of it… we would lead different lives.
that is challenging to me – – lord, may i wake up with the truth and the heart of your gospel changing the way i live for you. in freedom. in grace. in worthiness.
the sermon wraps up with faith…
But true faith is the substance of things not seen. It is taking a step out into the darkness. It is entering the battle before you have it figured out, before you feel strong enough or worthy enough. Faith is betting your life on it ,even when it’s against the odds. It is frightfully risky, the opposite of running away. It is to step out over the precipice of sacrifice, servanthood, and self-denial, clinging only to your Father, you identity, and His promises.
i want to live faithfully, resting in christ and all he provides for me. he is the king and i am his child, an heir. that’s my prayer today.