I pray all is well. When I woke up this morning, I thought I knew which attribute I would focus on today. But by the time I left the apartment to head to the bus stop, I felt God had given me another attribute to focus on. Today’s attribute is God and Jesus as heroes.
Generally, it seems that an act is defined as heroic if it pertains to one or two types of situations. As with many things in life, these types of situations often overlap. One type of situation is external, whereby an act is considered heroic if it saves someone from an “outside” threat or event. For example, a person grabs a child who ran into the middle of the street right before the child is hit by a car. The other type of situation is internal, whereby an act is considered heroic if it saves someone from themselves (i.e., an “inside” threat). For example, a person who dedicates a significant part of their lives towards helping someone else overcome a pattern that is destructive.
Although everyday there are stories of people performing heroic acts in both types of situations, it seems like mainstream culture tends to focus more on the external situations than internal ones. In many mainstream comics, we often see superheroes saving innocent people from outside threats (e.g., villains seeking world domination, alien invaders, destructive devices, etc.). Although external situations in real life do occur and are important, I think that internal situations should receive at least equal treatment. Helping someone become a better version of themselves is truly heroic…
Today’s scriptures come from Luke 15 and John 10, both depicting Jesus as the Hero, using the shepherd-sheep analogy:
Jesus speaking to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, with many others gathered around: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. The he calls his friends and neighbors together and says ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” – Luke 15: 4-7 (NIV)
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” – John 10: 14-16 (NIV)
Since sin entered the world and attempted to corrode our very being, God has been in the business of saving us from ourselves. God’s commitment to saving us was exemplified through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the end of the day, He’s the only Hero I need.
Until tomorrow, stay blessed and encouraged!
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