In the movie LOTR: The Return of the King is this wonderful scene between Elrond and Aragorn. Elrond visits Aragorn before he leaves for Minas Tirith and gives him a re-forged Andúril. (Made from the sword that defeated Sauron and broken in battle) While Elrond is trying to convince Aragorn to embrace the sword and his true lineage, this exchange takes place.
Elrond: You're outnumbered, Aragorn. You need more men.
Aragorn: There are none.
Elrond: There are those who dwell in the mountain.
Aragorn: Murderers. Traitors. You would call upon them to fight? They believe in nothing. They answer to no one.
Elrond: They will answer to the king of Gondor. [pulls out Anduril]
Elrond: Anduril, Flame of the West, forged from the shards of Narsil.
Aragorn: Sauron will not have forgotten the sword of Elendil. The blade that was broken shall return to Minas Tirith.
Elrond: The man who can wield the power of this sword can summon to him an army more deadly than any that walks this earth. Put aside the ranger. Become who you were born to be. Take the Dimholt Road.
Aragorn: [in Elvish] I give hope to men. I keep none for myself.
That last lines gets me every time I hear it. Aragorn seizes the role as a symbol of hope for Middle Earth, but surrenders the life he has been living (the life of a Ranger, unnoticed and not accepting his true role as King) and also undertakes a journey that may kill him. When he accepts Andúril, he accepts his destiny.
Will we accept ours?
Men…you are a legendary creation. Your life matters because God says so. You were given a holy mission, a commission and an epic journey to embark on. Your heart was forged in the fire of the Father’s love. You are being tempered by the walk of a son of the Most High. This is no ordinary calling…this is a quest…one you were born to face head on. Your life matters, it was designed to be so from the beginning. This is who you are meant to be…a man—God’s man—a man after His own heart. A warrior trained, not just for battle but also for winning that battle. Put away the Ranger, the part of you that drifts from your destiny…become who you were meant to be.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV
Tough question time. Do you feel you have drifted from your destiny? Are you embracing all God has called you to? How can I pray for you?