“Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister: And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matt. 20:25-28.
God’s word shows us the heart of a true hero.
“let him be your servant…” One who comes, “to minister and to give his life a ransom for many.”
The heart of a hero thinks of the welfare of the other before his own, then acts upon his thoughts to benefit of another. Chapter 11 of Hebrews describes further and better the heart of God’s heroes, the heart of faith in our faithful God.
When the faith of our Lord dwells in the hero’s heart,
- adversity becomes opportunity for the saving from destruction. It remains steadfast in righteousness when the rest of the world defies it.
“By faith Noah,
being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
moved with fear,
prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
by the which he condemned the world,
and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
“God spared not…the old world,
but saved Noah the eighth person,
a preacher of righteousness,
bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;”
- It gives strength to the fainthearted.
“Through faith also
Sara herself received strength to conceive seed,
and was delivered of a child when she was past age,
because she judged him faithful who had promised.”
- It is obedient to the word of God,even when understanding is void, because his heart is knit together with the character of God.
“By faith Abraham,
when he was tried offered up Isaac:
and he that had received the promises
offered up his only begotten son,
of whom it was said,
That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Accounting that God was able
to raise him up, even from the dead;
from whence also he received him in a figure.”
- The hero’s heart chooses to suffer with the suffering.
“By faith Moses,
when he was come to years,
refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter:
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God,
than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”
Hebrews 11: 32-35 lists several other heroes with a heart of faith.
- They fought the enemies of God, acted courageously when facing danger, held fast to the promises of God and experienced His power in victory to overcome the world. Then others made the supreme selfless sacrifice rather than deny truth.
“and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance;
that they might obtain a better resurrection:
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings,
yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder,
were tempted, were slain with the sword:
they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins;
being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(Of whom the world was not worthy:)…”
With Jesus the Hero of heroes as our example, along with those mentioned here, and the ones we see in the world today, we know a hero’s heart is rewarded.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 12:2.
CNN’s definition of a hero stated, “ordinary people doing extraordinary things to change the world.” I would add heroes are those ordinary people with an extraordinary God working through them to change the world’s eternal destiny, one person at a time. Jude 20-23 puts it this way.
“But ye, beloved,
building up yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost,
keep yourselves in the love of God,
looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire:
hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”
Now to our extraordinary God who,
“is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 24-25.
On that day when the Lord opens the books of heaven, will He find your name listed among the heroes with a heart of faith? If not, you still have opportunity to have it written there. Here’s how to be included.
- “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
- and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved.
- For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
- and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith,
- WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
- F OR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD
SHALL BE SAVED.”