Ok, I’m a bit out of the ordinary today, but stick with me! This is going somewhere…
What is a hero?
- A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. (Google)
- A person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. (Merriam-Webster)
- A person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character;
- A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. (Oxford Dictionary)
Get the picture? Most definitions mention courage, achievement, personal or noble qualities. All fine and good. But what is the standard? Am I a hero because I courageously stand up to defend a person in need? Am I a hero because I achieve some sort of human greatness? If so, how great does it have to be? Am I noble when I display better morals than the next person?
Problem is: those definitions leave out an important element!
See, without a standard of measurement, an evil person like Hitler can be “courageous” in the eyes of some. People of power can “achieve” much. “Noble” qualities become relative to what it is compared.
But God has set the standards! Jesus says, You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) Wow! Who lives up to that!?! No one does. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Our sin deserves death, yet the free gift of God’s grace saves us. (Romans 6:23)
So, let me put this in different context and give it a slight twist. (Not irreverently, but to share a thought.) If perfection is necessary, yet we can’t achieve it, we must turn to Jesus! If we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, we must turn to Jesus! If our sin deserves death and only God’s grace can save us, we must turn to Jesus! Jesus is our hero!
Earthly heroes are those whose lives reflect their Master and Savior, Jesus! Now the twist: put it into the context of this blog. The Word of God tells us how we should relate to Israel. We are to bless Israel (Genesis 12:3), comfort Israel (Isaiah 40:1), pray for Israel (Psalm 122, Isaiah 62), and stand with Israel (Isaiah 60:10-12, Isaiah 41:11-12). So, when it comes to Israel, we can be a hero by the way we relate to her!
What about you? Do you bless Israel? Do you comfort the Lord’s people? Do you pray for and stand with Israel? If so, you are a hero in that regard! Be a hero!
Hey gang, come back tomorrow! I’ll introduce a hero who went above and beyond! It is an incredible story that you don’t want to miss! See you tomorrow!