I’ve been working on a training course that helps students of an organization develop their personal mission statement. Naturally, as I work, I’m also researching and learning. One of the suggestions for designing your own vision is to think of people who have had a positive impact on your life. Interesting concept and certainly an easy exercise that I had experienced recently. I remember listening to a broadcast when the speaker asked his listeners to think of 3 heroes in their lives. My first thought was what would it take to be a hero? I mean from my estimation. Would it be the character who enters a phone booth as a mild mannered young man and bursts forth as Superman, able to leap tall buildings with a single bound? Or would it be a woman who is highly successful and respected around the globe? Or would it be an aging man who has brought millions to at least hear the gospel, who has written books about being totally sold out to God, and who has lived a quiet life, above reproach? More likely, my hero would be someone I know personally, respect for their wisdom, look up to for guidance, and seek their counsel.
When we have a hero, what is our ambition? To become like them. We covet their approval. We pursue their advice. We pay attention to their advice and try to emulate their best characteristics. We can’t wait for the time to come when we can get together and have girl talk (or guy talk) And we love them with unconditional love. I have several heroes, people I look up to, respect, would model my life after – at least to some extent, but they are human. While these people have all the characteristics of strong Christian faith and unblemished moral character, they have the vulnerabilities of being human. It’s getting close to the Easter season and there have been more ads for God-focused movies. This all makes me wonder who is my hero?
Today, what if Jesus were your hero? Here is his resume.
Jeremiah 31:3 ““Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.”
Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
Exodus 20:24 ”Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.”
John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”
Philippians 4: 9 “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Psalm 119:2 “Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—
Jesus said in John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus is my hero. He lives in heaven, but he also lives in my heart. My prayer is that Jesus is your hero too. He is the unchangeable, miraculous, constant companion, we can look up to, emulate, and love. Jesus deserves our ultimate hero worship.