“You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the circle of life.” – Mufasa’s ghost in Lion King.
Even though Disney describes the Lion King as a rip-roaring comedy with an uplifting message of courage, loyalty and hope. This scene in Lion King brought tears to my eyes. As Simba listened to his father’s ghost urging him to remember himself and take up his position as king, it was almost as if the accompanying song – “He lives in you” was confirming that God lives in me and He was waiting for me to take my place in His plans.
Who you are is a key factor of any relationship. “Who you are” is important to your marriage. To build a marriage fit for champions, you must first see yourself as a champion, and as someone who has the ability to build a great marriage.
The Bible says in Psalm 82:6, “I say, ‘You are gods; you are all children of the Most High’ . The question though is “are you more than what you have become?”
Who He wants you to be is not about how much is in your bank account. It is about what you do and doing God’s works. Jesus confirms this in John 10:34-38 when He asked the leaders of the people to believe Him because He was doing God’s work.
37 Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. 38 But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”
This should apply to us too. Ephesians 5:1 urges us to imitate God. The Message version of the Bible emphasizes on this.
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. – Ephesians 5:1 (The Message)
Just like Mufasa and Simba in Lion King, God wants us to be like Him and imitate Him in every area of our life and especially in our marriage. In Ephesians 5: 21 – 33, He gives more instructions on how we should behave in our relationships. This is again reproduced below from The Message version
21 Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.
22-24 Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.
25-28 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.
God wants you to be the best at what he has called you to be. This includes your role in your marriage. He wants you to be the best husband or the best wife. He lives in you – and His divine power has given you all things pertaining to life and godliness.
If you are wondering how you can build a marriage fit for champions, the answer is within you. Look inside you…He lives in you.