Understanding the cause

The eponymous Fellowship from left to right: (...

The eponymous Fellowship from left to right: (Top row) Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Boromir, (bottom row) Sam, Frodo, Merry, Pippin, Gimli. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. – Romans 5:6-8 The Message

In Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit, was given a ring by his uncle. This ring was a powerful tool that many armies wanted … both good and evil. The ring needed to be destroyed for the good of all. Frodo accepted the task of bringing the ring to the place where it could be destroyed … at Mordor. There is a team of people that step forward to commit themselves to aid Frodo in making this happen. They are giving their lives to the task.

I can understand this commitment since they are friends, and they know they will be destroyed if the evil Sauron regains the ring and its power. They are willing to die to help Frodo reach his destination to destroy the ring.

We, however, had nothing to offer Christ when he chose to die for us. If Jesus waited until we were ready to fully follow him, he would still be waiting. It didn’t matter. His love for us outweighed our readiness. God wants us with him forever. It’s hard to truly believe this knowing the sinners that we are, but it is true. Believe it and live fully in the love of Christ.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for loving me just because … I know I don’t deserve it, but I am so thankful to you. I pray that I honor you today in all I do. Amen

Faith Tip: Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind … and don’t forget to love your neighbor, too.

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