Sunday, August 27, 2006

Samwise Gamgee

There are many different heroes in J.R.R. Tolkien's great work The Lord of the Rings. Frodo, Gandalf, and Aragorn are just three of the heroes who played a part in destroying the Ring of Power.

Yet the hero Tolkien himself enjoyed the most and the one I have developed the greatest connection to is Samwise Gamgee. Part of that reason is that in the end Sam gets the girl. He marries Rosie Cotton and starts a family, but then again so does Aragorn. What I love about Sam is his loyalty. The only reason he is on this dangerous quest is because of his friendship to Frodo. If it wasn't for the fact Frodo was going to Mount Doom Sam would not have gone.

I think many times as Christ-Followers the only reason why we would enter a dangerous situation is because of our loyalty to Jesus Christ. We wouldn't go there willingly, and that is what being a disciple is all about. When we are willing to follow Jesus wherever He might lead we possess the loyalty we need to accomplish the tasks God has prepared for us to do.

Jesus on the night that he was betrayed told his disciples:
"When the world hates you, remember it hated me before it hated you. The world would love you if you belonged to it, but you don't. I chose you to come out of the world, and so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? 'A servant is not greater than the master.' Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you! The people of the world will hate you because you belong to me, for they don't know God who sent me" (John 15:18-21; NLT).

Jesus tells the disciples the cost of following Him: it will be hatred from the world. We don't want to be hated. If we are honest we do all that we can to be like by people, but Jesus says that when we follow Him we will experience hatred. The place of hatred is not the place we would choose to go on our own, but when we are loyal to Jesus that is exactly the place we will find ourselves.


Joy in the Journey said...

When witnessing, the hatred thing the new believer is going to experience is a good thing to leave out!

It's kind of like telling a mom-to-be "Boy, you're going to LOVE labor and delivery!"


theoquest said...

Great thoughts Paul. Our loyalty to Christ must be stronger than the world's hatred of Christ.

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