Shrek – For your information, there’s a lot more to orges than people think.
Donkey – Example?
Shrek – Example? Okay, um, orges are like onions.
Donkey – {Sniffs} They stink?
Shrek – Yes – – No!
Donkey – They make you cry?
Shrek – No!
Donkey – You leave them in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin’ little white hairs.
Shrek – No! Layers! Onions have layers. Orges have layers! Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers. {Sighs}
Donkey – Oh, you both have layers. Oh. {Sniffs} You know, not everybody likes onions. Cake! Everybody loves cakes! Cakes have layers.
Shrek – I don’t care… what everyone likes. Orges are not like cakes.
Donkey – You know what else everybody likes? Parfaits. Have you ever met a person, you say, “Let’s get some parfait,” they say, “No, I don’t like no parfait”? Parfaits are delicious.
Shrek – No! You dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden! Orges are like onions! End of story. Bye-bye. See ya later.
Donkey – Parfaits may be the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet.
Shrek – You know, I think I preferred your humming.
Donkey – Do you have a tissue or something? I’m making a mess. Just the word parfait makes me start slobbering.

Orges aren’t alone; we all have “layers.” It’s what makes us who we are. And we all have similar layers. There is the “work” layer, the “this is what I do for fun” layer, the “social” layer, the “family” layer, and if you go to church, the “church” layer. And each layer may be made up of several different parts. But who are you really? When you start peeling away the layers and get down to the core of who you are, your heart and soul, what do you find? Are the layers all we allow others, including ourselves, to see?

In Philippians 3, Paul shows us what stripping away the layers can do. He had everything his world said was needed to be a success, to be powerful, to have “it made.” But once he stripped away all of his education, his “religiosity,” his dogmas and legalism, he saw that all the external stuff (the layers) were worthless. All of the layers added nothing to his goal and purpose in life: “My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death…”(v. 10).

Stripping away the layers, especially the “church” layer, can be a very painful and scary thing. What will we find when we remove everything that makes us who we think we are and start seeing ourselves as we really are? When we strip away all of the “church” layer (all the legalism and rules we follow – everything we’ve been “taught” to believe including going to church), what will we find? Will we like what we see, or be saddened (and perhaps motivated) by who we really are? It is a very scary process, but until everyone of us get past the layers we will never know for sure who we are, and what is our true relationship with the God of the ages.

Now, pass me a spoon, I’ve got a parfait to dig into.