Sent on February 17, 2016
Greetings to all,
Where are the champions of today? It appears that society cries out for champions.
The most popular movies today are full of champions. One who is above everyone else, who can scale the highest wall and deliver when no one else can.
The problem with movie heroes is that they don’t measure up to the standard of being a hero in the kingdom of God. So many of the heroes in movies do horrendous things without ever showing any signs of remorse: they never have to deal with the trauma of killing someone, nor deal with the complications of having an unmarried sexual relationship.
That is why actors were originally called hypocrites: people who pretend to be what they are not. The kind of heroes that we see in movies do not exist in the real world. But that doesn’t mean there are no real heroes.
According to God, the real heroes, the heroes of faith, can be found throughout the Bible. Hebrews 11 gives us a list of such heroes: everyday men and women who, in the face of death, remained faithful to God and His kingdom.
You have that opportunity to be the hero that someone looks up too. Whether it is your child, your husband, your wife or even your co-worker.
But hang on, you might say, what about heroes in the Bible like King David? He did some pretty horrible things, as did many of the other heroes in Hebrews 11. Well the thing about King David and the others is that they were very uncomfortable living in their sin.
In Psalm 32:3-5 David cries out,
“When I kept silent about my sins,
my bones began to weaken because of my groaning all day long.
Day and night your hand laid heavily on me.
My strength shriveled in the summer heat.
I made my sins known to you, and I did not cover up my guilt.
I decided to confess them to you, O Lord.
Then you forgave all my sins.”
The way you live your life of faith and repeatedly repent of your sins demonstrates the hero that lives inside of you. No movie will demonstrate the true hero in you; it is up to you to allow the power of God to release the hero in you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that God created a new person when you were born again. He created you a hero.
Love to all,
P.S. The most popular article on the Faithworks blog this week is “5 Keys to Understanding Grace”. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here.