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Lord of the O-Rings - A Trilogy to Triumph (Part 2)

Updated on April 1, 2012
Lord of the O-Rings
Lord of the O-Rings

If you haven’t read part 1 of this Trilogy, it would be beneficial for you to do so first. You can read it here.

We are looking at leakage of God’s presence in the lives of believers and how it is revealed when pressure is applied to our lives. Like a defective O-ring, leakage is only revealed when the water pressure is increased. When we are ticking along with no struggles and tests we don’t notice a leaking of God’s Presence in our lives. The knock on effect of that is that we relax and begin to allow other things to occupy us instead of our relationship with God and that increases the leakage.

I’m using the Lord of the Rings trilogy as a stepping block for us to examine our spiritual lives and how much we are leaking. Having considered the Return of the King, let us look now at The Two Towers.

If you watch any movie the underlying theme in most cases is the basic battle between good and evil. There are usually two sides battling against each other. Sometimes they are obvious, as in war films. Sometimes they are clearly defined, as in Star Wars (Jedi versus Sith). But there are always two sides. That is because they are a direct representation of life. The Two Towers in our lives represent our freedom of choice.

The Two Towers

Like in the movies, there is good and evil in the world. There is a real God and also a real devil. God loves you extravagantly, but the devil hates you ferociously. The devil will do anything to make God’s presence and His qualities within you leak out. Keeping your life sealed in God takes effort. It is harder to tighten a faucet connection to the point where there is no leak than it is to loosen it enough for a small leak to occur. In the same way as Christians we need to work constantly at maintaining the seal of God’s Presence in our lives. It is much easier to slack off and allow the world’s ways to take over our lives, oftentimes subtly at first.

Gollum
Gollum

The fact is that we get to choose whom we follow each day. Life is full of choices. Pepsi or Coke. PC or Mac. Highlights or natural. Right or left. God invented choice when he gave Adam and Eve a free will in the garden, and all mankind thereafter.

“…I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19

Every day is a choice for us as Christians. Whom are you going to serve today?

In the Lord of the Rings, the hobbit Smeagol is consumed by the ring and as a result he becomes the grotesque Gollum. The battle between right and wrong, good and evil, is no more clearly demonstrated than with this character. He literally is at war within himself as he battles his dual identities, each trying to conquer over the other. His refusal to give up his lust for the power of the ring imprisons him in the ugly exterior of Gollum. The truth is that he could be transformed back into the loveable hobbit Smeagol by a choice he could make.

It is easy to blame other people, our circumstances, or even God when we sense that we are not close to His Presence any more. The fact is that God hasn’t moved. We have allowed things to take His place by our own choices. It is so important to assess who is residing in our heart-castle on a regular basis. Is Jesus still on the throne of your heart? Or has He leaked out by the pressure applied by the things you have chosen to let in?

Choose which of The Two Towers you will allow to reign in your life.

Read Part 1 here

Read Part 3 here

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