I enjoy the writing of C.S. Lewis because of his ability to convey truth in clear, creative, and innovative story telling. One of my favorites of his Chronicles of Narnia story line is Prince Caspian. In the narrative, a young girl named Lucy sees the great lion Aslan, but her older sister and two brothers do not, and she cannot convince them that she actually saw the King of Narnia. Try as she does, her siblings grow tired of Lucy’s ramblings.
Later one night, Lucy sees Aslan again and realizes that he wanted her to follow him alone, even if the others would not come with her. Aslan says, “If you go back and wake them up, and tell them you have seen me again…and that they must get up and come and follow me, what do you think will happen? There is only one way of finding out.”
Lucy then asks Aslan if her siblings will see him too. “Not at first, but later on…it depends.”
Later, the others go with Lucy as she leads them along a dangerous path, following the Lion only she can see. Even though they cannot see Aslan, they trust Lucy. But as they move on in their journey, the others begin to catch glimpses of Aslan here and there. Then they are startled to see the great lion clearly and discover that he is actually leading them.
Read John 14:15-21. What command of Jesus do you need to obey today? How can you be sure that Jesus will show himself to you along your journey through life?
The account of Lucy and Aslan comes to light powerfully when you consider what Jesus said to his disciples before his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death. Verse 19 and 21 of John 14 record his words that, “Before long the world will not see me anymore, but you will. Because I live, you will also. Whoever has my commands and obeys them is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
How critical is obedience in seeing and following God?
The example of Noah – Genesis 6:22
The example of Abraham – Genesis 22:2-3
The example of Joshua – Joshua 11:15
The example of Hezekiah – 2 Kings 18:6
The example of Mary and Joseph – Luke 2:39
The example of Paul – Acts 26:19
The example of Jesus – Hebrews 5:8, [Even though he was a son, he learned obedience through suffering]. Christ is the perfect example of obedience and calls us to follow in His steps.
In our walk of faith, obedience is the key to seeing Jesus: Blessings are promised for obedience (James 1:25); Jesus says obedience is the base rock for character (Matthew 7:24); It is essential to membership in God’s family (Matthew 12:50); It is the key to knowledge (John 7:17); It secures divine relationship (John 14:23). Disobedience leads to trouble (2 Thessalonians 1:8).
Think theologically. Jesus says that as we do what he commands, our view of Him will be clearer (John 14:21). It often means you will walk alone as the Lord calls you first to Himself. What will happen if you follow Jesus like Lucy followed Aslan? Obedience is the key to seeing.
Love is a verb,