I have been recently rewatching the Chronicles of Narnia films which are based on the books by CS Lewis. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the first story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, follows four children during World War 2 who find a wardrobe which leads to a magical world. Edmond, one of the children, meets a queen while he is there who gives him sweet treats and makes all kinds of promises to him if he will do as she asks. Meanwhile the other three children find out that true ruler of Narnia is really a lion called Aslan and that the imposter queen is in fact a witch. Edmond doesn't initially believe the others when they tell him until he meets Aslan face to face and then everything changes for him.
CS Lewis was a Christian and wrote the Narnia books as a picture of the gospel message with Aslan representing Jesus. He wanted to create stories for children that would arm them with truth. On Sunday we thought about the Belt of Truth as part of our new series on the Armour of God found in Ephesians 6. You can read it again here.
Just like Edmond in the Narnia stories, we can find the truth hard to discern and we become easily distracted and tempted away by short term pleasures and quick fix solutions. Yet also like Edmond, we fail to see the evil that lurks behind those temptations. In Ephesians, Paul tells us to wear truth like a belt around us. Truth that is only found in Jesus. We find the truth when we spend time with Jesus (in prayer and in reading the Bible) and when we spend time with those who love him (church). Truth can sometimes be hard, we don’t always want to hear it because it challenges us but when we hold on to the truth it acts like a torch showing us the way to go and when we follow the truth, it sets us free.
Have a great week and I hope to see you on Sunday.