There’s nothing more ironic than James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader) saying to his son… “Remember who you are”. But as Mufasa, he pulled it of swimmingly. Simba had been believing a lie and now Mufasa is reminding him who he really is.
Jesus told a couple parables back to back in Luke, that are designed to remind us who we are. In both cases, Luke actually states the purpose of the parable in the verse before recounting the parable itself. The first one is similar to Mufasa’s line, intending to remind us that we are the children of the One Most High. The second parable however seems to point to an opposite message, of humility.
“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1) This parable of the Persistent Widow is all about reminding us to continue to come to Him in our prayer, even when we don’t hear the answer we expect yet. God will ALWAYS answer our prayer but it will NOT always match the answer we are hoping for or expecting. But the point of this parable is to remind us that He will always have our best interest at heart, even more than we do ourselves.
However we are not to see this as a prideful thing. In fact, we are to be humble. This second parable about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is to remind us of this. “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt” (Luke 18:9). Although we do hold this position of great honor (child of God), we are to represent this position with great humility. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
These two passages, back to back, serve as a great reminder of who we are and how we are to represent that title. We are royalty, we are princes and princesses of the Most High. Our Father in Heaven, is the creator of all. He had so much forethought in creating us that He planned our days, our work and our purpose before. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:10)
Then, despite that honor, we are to approach this with such humility, as modeled by Christ Himself. “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.” (Phil 2:6) We are to represent that honor without ‘grasping’ that honor… we are to be humble like the tax collector.
So remember who you are. You are the child of a King, but a King that was the most humble of all. Follow His example of humility and servant-hood and you will be blessed beyond measure.
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