“It Has Been Saved, But Not for Me”
My son Elijah and I just finished reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy, after I read The Hobbit to all three of our children last year.
For as much as the story is about the Ring, the story doesn’t end when the ring is destroyed. At the end of The Return of the King, the Shire (where Hobbits lived) was taken over, and needed to be freed by the four who were in the fellowship of the Ring. (If you’ve seen the movies, you know that most of this part of the story was cut out.)
As the book comes to a close, Frodo explains to his best friend why he is leaving the Shire:
“I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: someone has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
As we just celebrated our country’s Independence Day, it hits me that we should be thankful that we have freedom. However, that freedom is not about ourselves. Our freedom must be used to serve others.
And the same is true with our freedom in Christ. Jesus didn’t save us just for ourselves. He ultimately has redeemed us for the glory of the Father, and so that we can serve others.
“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:35
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
May you have a safe and blessed weekend.
PS — If you want something on a lighter note, watch an “Honest Trailer” of Independence Day.
**image courtesy of Zanastardust via flickr