Friday, May 27, 2022


Often we are like the lion who went through the jungle confronting every animal with a roar and the question, ‘Who is king of the jungle!’ All the animals sat trembling and answered, ‘You are, O mighty lion.’

Then the lion met an elephant. He asked him the same question. The elephant did not say a word. He picked the lion up in his trunk, swung him round in the air, dashed him against a tree and left him lying bruised, winded and dazed on the ground.

As the elephant trudged off through the jungle, the lion mumbled, ‘Well, just because you don’t know the answer, there’s no need to lose your temper!’

Like the lion, we often make poor rulers.

When we put our trust in Christ, we begin to tap into mastery in life. Paul states this clearly–

‘How much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace… reign in life through one man Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17, 21)

‘Reign in life’. This is how God intends us to live. Just as God originally created people to rule over the earth, so in the new creation in Christ Jesus, his ultimate intention is the same.

To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.

Barry Chant

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Barry Chant is a regular speaker at church services, seminars, conferences and conventions. Hundreds of thousands of his books have been sold around the world. He has degrees in arts, theology and ministry, a diploma in education and a PhD in history. He was the co-founder and former president of Tabor College, Australia.

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