Today I met with some Heroes! They weren’t men in tights nor did they wear masks nor were they dressed in fancy costumes – they didn’t spin webs or jump off high buildings or transform into some really cool car. No, in fact, if you’re not careful, you would miss them. They are very unassuming. They looked like normal people that you would pass on the streets every day… they look like you and me. But they are far from ordinary or normal. They are people who DO the things many of us don’t do or are unwilling to do. These Heroes stand up with great boldness for their faith with reckless abandonment. In the US we are squabbling over what is covered “by grace” and what is not (what I call the Great Grace Disguise), and we try to push the envelope on every edge, seeing how far we can go living with the world and like the world and still get into the Kingdom while these Heroes of the faith are being beaten for the simple thing of just believing in Jesus. These Heroes are being beaten for what they believe in… their simple faith in the true and living God. In the midst of over 30 million gods that want to destroy them, they are standing tall like the apostles of old. These guys, I guess, believe in the KISS principle… Keep It Simple Stupid. It’s not complicated, it’s simply, “You are my God, you gave it all for me, and I will do the same for you.” Instead of playing the game of what the west calls Christianity, these folks are living it with it all on the line–family and all. Imagine what would happen if those of us in the West got off our selfish methodology that says, “Let’s live life for ourselves as much as possible and still make it into the Kingdom by the skin of our teeth.” Imagine a people so passionate about their God that they didn’t care about the small stuff of living for ourselves. Imagine the power we would posses, a power that would cause others who don’t know him to crave, to desire, to want with passion what we have because we are set apart and look very different from their crazy messed up world that is not working for them. Imagine them grabbing a hold of the Spirit of God in us and them being truly set free and walking in immeasurable freedom, transformed, if you will…where that power in and transforms their family, finances, and future…where they experience relational, cultural, and spiritual transformation on a very personal level.
God is looking for you to become the hero in someone’s life today, to walk in much grace, yet, be set apart…to stand full of faith and boldness. I truly believe that the world is not looking for more of what they already have (with a Christian label slapped on it to bring temporary satisfaction); but they want something different that is genuine, authentic, real, and that transforms them and makes them new, not the old that’s just been painted over, but really new, different and that lasts!
To be a real hero you have to be willing to lay it all down and to pick up and embrace that amazing cross. Many have seen it as a burden, something that is cumbersome, that has to be lugged around like an anchor or that we have to agonize under. But when you embrace it and it becomes a part of who you are, it brings freedom, healing, restoration, grace, peace… all the things we really long for and want in our lives.
He loves you and longs for you to walk in a place of radical abandonment, embracing the cross and experiencing that transformational power for yourself and then to give it away to those that are around you!
Let’s put aside the small stuff, set our eyes back on Him, the author and perfecter of our faith, get refocused and embrace Him fully today. What does that mean for you? Everybody is different. What is He saying to YOU right now? Let’s dive in and take the plunge; you won’t regret it! Let’s experience Him together like we have never experienced Him! He is waiting with open, gentle, loving arms right now — let’s jump in and be transformed!!!
Prayer: God I come before you in the name of your son, Jesus. I need your help today. I really want to jump in 100% and live a life that is full of you and experience your transforming power like never before. I choose today to embrace your cross and follow after you. As I experience this transforming power, help me to give it away to my friends, family, co-workers, and all those around me along the way. Today, make me a hero to those that are around me! I love you,! You are an awesome God, and I declare that my life is not mine anymore; it’s whole heartedly yours ! Today, I’m jumping in, in Jesus name!!
You have now joined the heroes list! Keep the Heroes of the faith around the world in your prayers and that God would give us all the grace, strength, and boldness to make His name great in all the world!!!