Are you looking for something you already have?
Disney does it again.
I posted the other day on the revelation found within the movie The Lion King. Basically it speaks to your identity and Christ in you. Rafiki (the gibbon) has Simba (the young lion) look into the water and asks him to tell him what he sees.
Upon looking into the reflection he responds “no, that’s not my father.” Rafiki says “look harder. .. . You see, he lives in you.”
Mufasa “you have forgotten me, so you have forgotten who you are, look inside yourself Simba, you are more than what you have become…Remember who you are, you are my son.”
In a way that is the gospel, Christ came to show us who we are. We are all God’s sons and daughters. The finished work of the cross is the act that provides this as revelation. It is that realignment of out thoughts and beliefs as to our identity.
In the Lion King post I stated I get things out of Disney movies. In the movie Mulan there is as good of an analogy of grace as I have ever seen.
Mulan comes home
If you will notice in the YouTube clip, Mulan wants to come to her father and be accepted and forgiven. She thinks that by bringing medals and the sword she can gain it. Next notice her father response.
Fa Zhou: Mulan…
Mulan: [kneels] Father. I brought you the sword of Shan-Yu, and the crest of the Emperor. They’re gifts, to honor the Fa family.
[Fa Zhou drops the sword and crest on the ground and embraces Mulan]
Fa Zhou: The greatest gift and honor… is having you for a daughter.
I know personally I have always felt like I have had to work to attain some kind of spiritual ok-iness (my own word). I was taught to do this and do that and I would gain righteousness. I was taught I had to work to gain access to God. When all along (pre-dirt, Gen 1:26) I was made in God’s image. I have had His DNA before the earth was created. All along I have been his son. All mankind is His sons and daughters. We have been deceived into believing we are less. We have been deceived into believing we could do some 7 step method to gain righteousness.
Grace, salvation, and righteousness are all free gifts that we can fo nothing to gain on our own accord.
Are you looking for something that is already inside you?
“You have forgotten who you are!”
Disney movies have spoken to me; “The Lion King“,” “Mulan,”Mulan 2 “A Bugs Life,” and so all have messages with in them. Watch the section of the Lion King.
Now after watching it read the verses below:
2 Corinthians 3:18
The days of window-shopping are over! In him every face is unveiled. In gazing with wonder at the blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form, we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves! Every feature of his image is mirrored in us! This is the most radical transformation engineered by the Spirit of the Lord; we are led from an inferior mind-set to the revealed endorsement of our authentic identity. Mankind is his glory!
They realize that they are looking at themselves, but for the one it seems just too good to be true, he departs (back to his old way of seeing himself) and immediately forgets what manner of person he is; never giving another thought to the one he saw there in the mirror.
The other one is mesmerized by what he sees; he is captivated by the effect of a law that frees man from the obligation to the old written code that restricted him to his own efforts and willpower. No distraction or contradiction can dim the impact of what he sees in that mirror concerning the law of perfect liberty (the law of faith) that now frees him to get on with the act of living the life (of his original design.)
He finds a new spontaneous lifestyle; the poetry of practical living. (The law of perfect liberty is the image and likeness of God revealed in Christ, now redeemed in man as in a mirror. Look deep enough into that law of faith that you may see there in its perfection a portrait that so resembles the original that he becomes distinctly visible in the spirit of your mind and in the face of every man you behold. I translated the word, parakupto, with mesmerized from para, a preposition indicating close proximity, originating from, denoting the point from which an action originates, intimate connection, and kupto, to bend, stoop down to view at close scrutiny; parameno, to remain captivated under the influence of; meno, to continue to be present. The word often translated as freedom, eleutheria, means without obligation; spontaneous.)
We have forgotten who we are! We are all created in God’s image (Gen 1:26). We all have our start IN HIM. Our original DNA is HIS. Through the cross we have the ability to have our spiritual DNA restored. He is in us! He is the I am in me!! He is not far from me/you!