Hobbits, Dragons, and Dwarven Kingdoms

In a previous Gamerfaith article we talked about a few things that we may learn from looking at Gandalf the Grey’s example. You can read that article by clicking here, but today we will be looking at a different character… A character who is seemingly small and ordinary.

Bilbo Baggins is an awesome halfling, a wonderful example, and quite possibly the greatest little Hobbit of them all. Keep reading and find out how you are called to go on an adventure” just like Bilbo, but be warned… the road is paved with many dangers!

Answering the Call 

Hobbit Hole

When Bilbo was first greeted by Gandalf he was hesitant. Mr. Baggins didn’t want anything to do with scary adventures. Hobbits are quiet folk. They like sitting in their hobbit holes in peace. They enjoy fine foods, luxuries, and comfort. There’s something deep inside Bilbo that is different though. There is something screaming from inside, telling him that there is more to life than simple luxury.

I would say that there are quite a few “hobbits” in our world today. We enjoy sitcoms, recliners, and easy food. We like to live in comfort with as little confrontation as possible. The problem is, many of the greatest things in life are outside of our comfort zone. In order to gain the greatest treasures we have to go on an adventure.

  • The journey may be dangerous.
  • You may not like the enemies you face.
  • There will be opposition.
  • It’s worth it.

Are you brave enough to step out of your comfort zone, and leave the shire gates? You may be despised and misunderstood. You may be accused wrongfully. You may have to walk against the crashing waves of what the world considers as normal. You will be pulled in the opposite direction, but can you persevere? Are you willing to risk death in order to follow Jesus?

 

Luke 9:23-27 (ESV)

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

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Read all of Luke 9 here!

Questing For the Kingdom

Erebor

The dwarves of Erebor have lost their home. Smaug the evil dragon has desolated the land, and stolen the dwarven kingdom. Now the brothers must unite in order to find their way home. This is Bilbo’s quest, to help his party to find their way home. Bilbo didn’t agree to risk his life because he wanted piles of gold, he did it to help the dwarves back to their kingdom. We should learn from this.

Our journey isn’t a journey for physical treasure. We shouldn’t be following God so that we can get rich, because the truth is, if we have Christ we are already rich.

Matthew 6:24-34 (ESV)

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Read all of Matthew 6 here!

Join your brothers, and seek the kingdom of God. This should be your quest. There is no earthly (or Middle-Earthly) treasure that could ever compare to what God achieves. This is a quest that is without a doubt worth our trials and time. Grab your sword, and get going!

 Beware of Smaug

Smaug the Dragon

Smaug the dragon is a selfish, greedy, furnace with wings. He sleeps in a giant pile of gold, and terrorizes the land. If the enemy was able to wield Smaug’s power, it would mean terrible things for Middle-earth’s well being. And the thing is, nobody would see it coming because Smaug hasn’t been spotted in many many years.

The same thing applies to us. Maybe Smaug the dragon of lust (read about how to escape lust here!) used to terrorize our lives, but thankfully we escaped his clutches . Perhaps Smaug the dragon of greed (read about the harm of greed here!) had control over us, but we overcame him with God’s help. That is truly great news, but there is something to be said about long sleeping dragons. Be prepared for them to awaken. That doesn’t mean that they will overcome you, with God’s help you can persevere, but just remember what you learned from your first battle. Don’t think that you are beyond attack, because we must always stand guard.

 1 Corinthians 10:12-14 (ESV)

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

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Read all of 1 Corinthians 10 here!

My hope for all you hobbits out there, is that you would have the courage to leave the comforts of your shire, and go on an adventure that matters. Go on a quest with your fellow brothers in Christ, that focuses on the kingdom of God. Beware of the “Smaugs” of this life, but don’t be afraid to journey forward.

I love you hobbitses, and I’m praying for you!

-Caleb

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Hobbit Hole, Map Erebor, Smaug

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