2 Timothy 1:12b-14

Guard the good deposit entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us. (v. 14)

In the movie, The Lion King, a grown Simba struggles to make peace with his past. His guilt over the death of his father, Mufasa, which Simba wrongly believes is his fault, keeps Simba from claiming his rightful place as the one true king of the Pride Lands.

One night, as Simba stares at his own reflection in the water
and sees the likeness of his father in his own image, Mufasa appears
above him in the clouds.

“Simba,” Mufasa calls out. “You have forgotten who you are and
so forgotten me…. You are my son and the one true king. Remember
who you are.”

This encounter changes Simba and gives him the courage he
needs to face his fears and insecurities and be who he has always
been—the beloved son, the king.

We are God’s beloved. Our calling in this world requires us to claim that identity, to live out of the good deposit entrusted to you, to not be defined and controlled by our fears and insecurities but to remember who we are.

You and I are more than what we have been. We are children of
the King.


What fear or guilt or insecurity keeps you from claiming your identity as God’s Beloved?


Holy God, help us to live out of the good deposit that has been entrusted to us—your divine image on our lives. Amen.

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