Last night I completed the introduction of my eldest son to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This has taken some time as the series encompasses nearly 9 hours of viewing time, but as many will agree, it is well worth the investment.
My favorite scene from the final flick, The Return of the King, involves Elrond giving Aragorn the re-forged sword of Elendil and telling him to "become who you were born to be."
If you haven't seen the movie or read the book, you might be very confused right now -- but stick with me for a minute. The point is that Aragorn was from a royal line and the rightful heir to the throne of Gondor. He was born an heir, but for numerous reasons had never asserted that fact and become the leader he was born to be.
As I reflect on this I can't help but think of so many Christian men today -- men who by spiritual birth (regeneration) are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Gal. 4:1-7). Yet many of these same men, for numerous reasons, fail to "become who they were born to be." One of the biggest problems we face today is apathetic men -- men who call themselves followers of Christ but show little or no interest in being spiritual leaders, both in the home and in the church.
Men, for those of us who call Christ our Savior, it is time for us to "become who we were born to be" -- men who understand that God has called us to be leaders, and who live out that challenging truth -- in the home, in the church, and in the world.
- Chris Carr
- I am a husband to Eva, father of 4, pastor, and most of all passionate follower of Jesus Christ. The focus of my life is to make the most of every opportunity God gives me to bring glory to Him. Outside of the time spent in my role as a pastor, I spend most of my time with my family -- a good deal of that coaching various sports teams that my children are involved with. Every fall and winter you will find me rushing to the woods of Indiana and West Virginia in search of a monster whitetail buck.