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Zoo Identity

The story is told of a guy who needed a job and some

purpose in life when jobs were hard to come by.

In a last ditched effort to get one before applying for

unemployment, he stopped at the zoo that was close to his house.

He was disappointed to find that they were not hiring.

As he walked away, the zoo manager had an idea.

He asked the guy if he would be willing to wear

a gorilla costume and substitute for the gorilla

that had just recently died.

The guy took the job and was actually quite convincing.

The fans loved him.

He got the grunt down.

He learned to swing through the trees with reckless abandon.

For all intents and purposes, he was a gorilla.

He was loving it and getting paid at the same time.

He finally found his purpose in life,

until one unfortunate day.

On this particular day while swinging from a rope,

he fell and landed in the lion’s pit.

The lion was alarmed, licked his chops and gave out a

roar which paralyzed the guy in the gorilla suit.

He thought to himself;

“Do I yell and give away my identity


Do I say nothing and risk my life?”

In fear and in desperation, he yelled for help.


The lion quickly shot back;

“Shut up, before we both lose our jobs.”

Q: Do you feel like you need purpose?

Q: I’m pretty sure that it is not a gorilla suit,

but are you dressing up in some other kind of a

costume in life trying to make it?

Well, you don’t have to.

Your life has great meaning and you have an

important purpose.

Jesus wants people to represent him.

That’s it.

That gives meaning a purpose to everyone’s life.

Wherever you may be at in life whether working,

schooling or retired, your life matters.

You are loved and forgiven by God.

By his grace, not by works.

By his work, not yours.

Jesus said;

“A new command I give you: Love one another. 

AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, so you must love one another.

-John 13:34

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any

of you has a grievance against someone. 


-Colossians 3:13

You are not a gorilla, so stop playing one on TV.

You are “You”!

And you are unique, loved and forgiven.

Make sure that you live with God-identity and not

Zoo-identity (whichever animal you have been choosing to dress up like).


Lord, help me to trust that you love me and forgive

me for free, simply out of your love and grace.

Help me then to find meaning in my life by simply

“Being Jesus to others”,

 by loving and forgiving as you have done for me.

In Jesus’ name.


God bless you… Pastor Dave

PS. As a reminder, we will contact you by email

and/or phone when we will resume worship on campus.

Word of Life Church

17525 W. Bell Rd.

Surprise, AZ 85374

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