While watching The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers this evening, I was impressed by Sam’s speech toward the end of the movie. I relate it to the purpose of suffering pain and the need for perseverance in ministry.
Sam: It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.
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Jesus thought you and I were worth the Fight. He fought for you. He bled for you. He traded His life for yours. Take a look at Hebrews 12:3-4 (NASB): “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin.”
Church Leader… what’s your current battle?
Are you tempted to throw in the towel?
What does perseverance in ministry look like to you these days?
What’s worth fighting for?
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