Sunday, September 1, 2019 - My "AHA" Moment
Parables get us to look at our lives from the back side. What do our lives look like from the outside? What do our lives look like from God's perspective?
In Genesis 3, we see that Adam and Eve sewed together fig leaves in order to cover up and hide from God. If we think that we are a little more sophisticated than that, think about all the ways that we hide today. We may not use fig leaves, but we hide in other ways.
We hide behind our jobs, our money, our 401k, our nice cars, our nice homes, etc.
We pretend that all is well with the world if we have all of our stuff. Humanity used to walk in the cool of the day with God without shame. Now, the story has changed. God wants to help all of us come out of that dark place - out of fear and shame, and into the fullness of what God has in store for us. Parables can help us do that.
Parables are life AWAKENING. They wake us up to the reality of who we are and what we have become. Lots of times, this can be very uncomfortable for us. But this is not just so that we can feel bad for ourselves. Parables give us that life altering CHANCE to change. Every Sunday morning, we try to get you to a choice. You choose your future long before it arrives. Every day is a decision making moment for all of us. What will we choose? What decision will we make? Now that we've woken up to who we really are, and we know that we have the chance to change, we realize that all of life is PURPOSEFUL! When we as Christians live with intent, we discover that we can be more than what we have become.
For a couple weeks now, we have been playing a video clip from The Lion King. In that clip, Simba encounters the spirit of his father, Mufasa. Mufasa tells Simba that he is more than what he has become. Through a series of unfortunate events, Simba goes to live in the jungle away from Pride Rock. He lives with a meerkat and warthog named Timon and Pumbaa who teach him the philosophy of Hakuna Matata - it means no worries! But ultimately, Simba is not living the life he was meant to live. He is more than what he has become.
Sometimes we forget who we are meant to be. We forget who we are. We learn to hide and rely on our riches to get us through this life, when it is about so much more than that. We are about SO MUCH MORE than that - and sometimes we need that reminder.