At least once a year my husband and I find time to watch through “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” movies. My husband is a huge fan. A few weekends ago we watched the first Hobbit movie which I have seen about 4 times now.
I always find it so funny how one day Bilbo Baggins is smoking his pipe outside of his home and the next day he’s off on a new adventure. However, Bilbo was not that excited in the beginning. Politely frustrated actually.
During the first several minutes of the scene, dwarves file into Bilbo’s home, unannounced. All of them set the table and enjoy a meal as they discuss why they’re all gathered together. Their mission is to take back their home. And there may be a fire breathing dragon involved. Of course Bilbo finally learns he has been picked as the one to steal the Arkenstone from the mounds of treasure inside the Lonely Mountain.
As you may know, Bilbo is a simple guy who enjoys his pipe, books and comfy chair and he is not willing to leave it all behind to head into a mountain with a dragon. Bilbo refused to go on the trip. Then Gandolf says one of the best quotes from that movie.
“You’ve been sitting far too long. When did doilies and your mother’s dishes become so important to you?” – Gandolf
Like Bilbo many of us are set on the things surrounding us and forgetting what God is calling us to do. GO and make disciples. When God calls us to get up and go – it’s often the worst timing for our lives. We have this engagement, that appointment, this party to attend. Or we are simply okay with staying where we are.
This can also be compared to how God calls us to grow as Christians. Often times we can stay where we are most comfortable. Where we know the right words to say. Or where we only hang out with Christians. We play it safe so we don’t have to see the real world we are living in.
If God came to you today and asked you to give up all of your beautiful belongings, take what you can fit in a pack, and go out into this world…would you do it? What if God revealed to you that your love for things is deeper than for the people around you? People you pass everyday who know little of what God’s love looks like? Would you be able to see that side of yourself?
Like Bilbo, sometimes God pushes us to take a journey that will change our hearts. To grow and become who he has called us to be as Christians, disciples and followers of Christ. It’s through that difficult journey that he helps us discover our courage, strength and purpose for this world. So at the end of it you can say,
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” -2 Timothy 4:7
If you watched the 3 Hobbit movies then you know that Thorin, the Dwarf King goes a little gold crazy. At the end of the last movie he is talking to Bilbo, and before he takes his last breath he comes to realize that,
“If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world.” – Thorin Oakenshield.
Christ is our home. We do not belong to this world. The Bible says we are but vapors “that appear for a little time and then vanish.” Riches we accumulate on this earth will have no value when we meet our creator. What will be measurable? The lives we impacted along the way.