The Goat, The Monkey and the Lions

Once there was a goat that lived in a fenced yard in Africa. Every day he would look out and see some lions relaxing in the sun on a nearby hillside. He admired the lions so much that all he dreamed of was to become one himself. One day he shared his dream of being a lion with a mischievous monkey who lived in a tree in the yard.


The monkey told him that he had to LOOK LIKE a lion and the way to do it  was to get some big leaves and fold them round his neck. The stupid goat went away and did just that. He came back and said, “Am I a lion now?”


The monkey replied, “Not yet, you have to do something else.”

The monkey told the goat that he had to DO what lions do and so he should practice drinking water by lapping like the lions did.

The  goat went away and practiced until he could do it just like the lions. So now he LOOKED LIKE a lion and he DID what lions did.  “Am I now a lion?”He asked the monkey.  “Not Yet’, replied the monkey, “You have to do one more thing”. 


The monkey told the goat that he had to SOUND LIKE a lion and so he should practice changing from baaing to roaring. 

So the goat went off and practiced until his throat was sore and he sounded less like a goat and more like a lion. 

“Am I a lion now?” He asked. The monkey was tired of the game and said,


You LOOK like a lion, You DO what lions do and You SOUND like a lion. You are now a lion.” 


That night there was a storm and the fence around the yard was blown down. Seeing his chance the goat rushed out to join his new family, the lions. 

Up on the hill the lion family were relaxing in the sunshine.  The mommy lion looked up and saw the goat rushing over to join his ‘new family’.   Turning to the cubs she said,  “Hey kids, look. Here comes dinner.”

 

The point is, you can look like a Christian, you can do what Christians do and you can sound like a Christian, but the only way to become one is to be born again as one.  This is according to Jesus’ own words. (John 3:3) 



Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to           Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.


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