It’s been over 20 years since The Lion King was released. And for the past 20 years, parents and commencement speakers have passed along the wisdom that Mufasa shared with his son Simba: “Remember who you are. You are my son.”
It wasn’t easy for that lion cub. And it’s not easy for us as we’re on the run from Satan, who prowls around like a roaring lion.
Satan tries to mess with your thinking. “You’re a grown-up now, why do you need a Father?” “Look how many mistakes you’ve made. Look how often you’ve let him down. He can’t possibly want you as his child.”
Sometimes you believe him. You act like your own boss. You live as if you don’t have a long-term purpose. You cover up your fears with bravado. You fill the aching emptiness with shopping and activity and food. You stop asking for his guidance because you know just what a mess you’ve made of your life.
God shares his wisdom: “You did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15).
Sometimes adults especially need childlike reminders: The God of the whole entire universe is your Father. You don’t have to be afraid. You aren’t on your own. You have a purpose. He sacrificed his Son so that roaring lion wouldn’t be able to threaten you forever.
Even adults need to be told: Remember who you are. Remember whose you are.
Linda Buxa is a writer, Bible study leader, and retreat speaker. Her voice is heard regularly through her writing and blogging for Time of Grace. She is married to Greg, and they live in Wisconsin with their three active children.
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