The lion leaps into the air, knocks the fruit out of the boy’s grip and takes a bite out of it. He falls to the ground. The boy then realizes that the fruit is rotten inside and that the lion had sacrificed his life for him. Sacrifice. That’s the biggest giveaway that there are Christian undertones in this illustration. Just like how the lion took the fall for the boy by consuming the fruit, we know that Christ took the fall for us by dying on the cross for our sins. And just like the boy, we didn’t deserve it.
Lest we think this illustration is no longer relevant to us, perhaps we could take a step back and re-evaluate how our lives have progressed since we accepted Christ into our lives. Have we experienced the joy of having a relationship with God? When we abide by His rules for our life, do we find contentment in Him? Or do we constantly feel dissatisfied and find ourselves coveting what the world has to offer?
Recall the last time we crossed God’s moral boundaries (just like the boy stepping out of the box) to do something against His will. It could have been joining in the latest and juiciest gossip (again, no pun intended), or pursuing a preoccupation with getting rich, powerful or popular. Or maybe we’ve been struggling to be contented with our own lives, always wondering if the grass is greener on the other side. Why did we do it and what has it cost us?
We would know by now that being a Christian does not guarantee a smooth-sailing life that is free from temptations, trials and tribulations. In fact, it might get even more challenging as life progresses.
But the one simple truth that we know so well still rings loud and true for us at the end of the day, no matter how many times we’ve failed. Jesus has died for our sins—past, present and future. We can always turn back to Him, at any time, in any place. If God Himself did not spare His own son for us, how can we doubt that He would give us all things? We can take great comfort in knowing that God is for us despite opposition. Nothing can separate us from the Love of God (Romans 8:31-39).
It’s time to get back into the box and return to life with the One who knows best and wants the best for us.
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