The Lion King turned out to be one of Disney’s biggest hits. I think part of the reason for that is the message of the movie. Cut out all the circle of life silliness, and the movie delivers a powerful message.
Simba is the young lion prince destined to sit on the throne of his father Mufasa.
One morning Simba and his father King Mufasa are looking out from Pride Rock. The vast plane of his kingdom stretches before them. Mufasa tells him that someday, everything that the light touches will be his.
Unfortunately, the wicked uncle Scar foils the plan. He murdered Mufasa and pinned the blame on Simba. Simba is standing over his dead father, confused and grieving. Scar shows up and says, “Simba, what have you done. . .” He piles on the blame and shame until the young lion runs from the hurt. Hyenas chase him into the company of a couple of lowlife bohemians named Pumba the warthog, and Timon the meerkat. Their credo is hakuna matata, “No worries.” Simba takes up with this sad pair and learns to be content at the bottom of the food chain feeding on grubs and worms.
There is a profound irony in a lion living on insects. And there is a powerful truth for us. Like that young lion, guilt and shame can drive us from the will of the father and make us less than we are.
One night a storm blows in on the Serengeti. Simba looks up to his father’s face in the clouds. Mufasa speaks to his boy, “Simba you have forgotten me. . .” Simba says no, I haven’t. Mufasa says, “You have forgotten me because you have forgotten who you are.” Then he delivers the line. “You are more than what you have become.”
You are more than what you have become.
What a message for us today.
God designed us to be so much more than we are. You were made for a purpose.
Check out Psalms 139:14
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
Did you know that? You are skillfully crafted, carefully constructed to be what God intended. “You are more than what you have become. Remember him.”
That’s the good news. Now have a great day.