Everyone’s favorite character throughout the story of Narnia is Aslan! The majestic lion that is always there to lend a helping roar and monstrous leap to the children as they face the many obstacles that take place within the text of the book-series. Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy, the characters Aslan continually guides, all have their various flaws and gifts. This makes these characters relate to audiences everywhere extremely easily.
Not a single person in their right mind would consider themselves flawless. Some of us lack patience, others have difficulty with forgiveness, and yet others have trust issues and so on. If we were all perfect, then there would be no need for us to live our lives with the support of others. However that is not how life was intended to be lived! Proverbs 27:17 states, “As iron sharpen iron, so one man sharpens another.” We were designed to strengthen one another. Ephesians 4:11-16 further emphasizes the point of unity within the body of Christ.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
The way that the author of The Chronicles of Narnia intended for Aslan to be interpreted was that he was a representation of God Himself. As this is incredibly obvious to some. I’m simply clarifying just in case someone thinks otherwise, so that my chain of thought makes sense.
With the children being like you and me and Aslan being like the Lord, we can apply these pieces of Scripture to our ways of life. In the story of Narnia the brothers and sisters all need each other for support in various situation. And even when their resources and skills are combined there are many times when they are simply not enough. The parallel is that you and I are simply not enough. We can pretend that we have it all together. One can have the hottest potential spouse, drive the newest car, live a life of temporary pleasure, and think that they have it all together. But deep inside…where it really counts. That person will be left feeling empty and unsatisfied.
The good news is that even though you and I and the children within the story of Narnia are not enough; there’s Aslan! Within the context of Narnia, the children could always rely on Aslan to never leave nor forsake them. When Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy decided to die to their own desires and to allow the courage of Aslan to enliven to new heights by faith, they were capable of far greater than one could imagine! (Reference Galatians 2:20)
So my friends, brothers, and sisters, take a minute and listen to me on this. There are many Christians that believe they can handle living out their faith on their own. There are many good people who believe they can save themselves by works. There are many people who praise God on Sunday and then curse His glorious name on Friday night while indulging in their favorite sin. DO NOT fall victim to this population of sinners within the world!
You and I…we are NOT good enough alone. We NEED our brothers in sisters in Christ to rebuke, teach, encourage, and blazon us with the teachings of the Word of God. And most importantly we NEED the LORD! World, we NEED to fall to our knees, die to our selfish selves, and proclaim the name of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Then with a heart washed by the crimson blood of Christ and with a soul set free from the chains of sin we must FIGHT!
How can we call ourselves Narnians(believers), if we will not fight alongside Aslan against the Evils of the world?!?! With the mighty and majestic Lion leading the way and seizing our enemies ahead of us, how can we not follow in pursuit of the wildest adventure and most epic battle mankind has ever taken part in?
Answer me this, my friends….will you and I continue to dampen our faith with excuses as to why we cannot fully trust and believe in a Savior who hath given us EVERYTHING! The air you breathe is a gift from the LORD. The taste of food is a beautiful gift the Lord has blessed mankind with (oh how I love apple pie)! Brothers and Sisters, do NOT take these things for granted!
Friends, Aslan is on the move! God is at work! And the Kingdom of the Lord will reign over the world, whether you are an active member in His Army or not! The fiery chariots of the God’s wrath and flawless justice are being mounted. This wicked world is burning itself to the ground and the sins of mankind are extinguishing the population. Why sit back and watch as your friends and possibly you (for your lack of faith or being lukewarm, Ref. Revelation 3:16) get thrown into lake of fire(Hell)? Why would you choose that, when you can become a part of a legacy! You can become a part of the Family of Christ! You can enter Narnia, and one day into the epic Kingdom of Aslan!
I hope to someday be walking along the streets of gold side by side with the Lamb of God in the Promise Land! Will you be there?