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A quick search for a definition of hero on the internet gave me the following results,
A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. “a war hero”
synonyms: brave man, champion, man of courage, great man, man of the hour, conquering hero, victor, winner, conqueror, superstar, megastar
Most people have heroes in their lives, people that they look up to for who they are and what they represent in life. Being a hero brings with it a huge responsibility to walk in integrity and make good decisions about your life. On the other hand it is a great privilege to lead other people in the right way because of the influence you have with them.
The world needs more godly heroes today than ever before as it is constantly becoming more corrupted. Heroes are a symbol of hope for better things in life and that is the essence of the Kingdom of God. Let us look at some reasons why you need to be the hero you were created to be:
1. They pave the way for others
There are countless examples of such heroes who have shown others the way to experience greater things. Our greatest hero is none other than our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ through whom we have everlasting life by the sacrifice He made for us on the Cross of Calvary.
“All heroes are shadows of Christ.” ~ John Piper
History also points to great heroes that paved the way for others in many aspects of life. Strive Masiyiwa of Econet persevered through tough times to get an operating licence and today is one of the wealthiest people in Africa. His journey has inspired other entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams even in the face of great adversity.
William Wallace of ancient Scotland inspired a whole generation of Scotsmen to fight for freedom for their nation instead of settling for a truce with their oppressors. Even after he was murdered his vision was fulfilled through the people he inspired to win Scottish independence. William Wallace’s life is portrayed in the inspirational movie, “Brave Heart” starring Mel Gibson.
Nelson Mandela became a symbol of hope to South Africans in the mid-1990s and was honoured all over the world for his desire to see South Africans come together instead of letting racial differences divide the nation. Some may argue that his approach wasn’t the best but the spirit of reconciliation he had was a good example for everyone to follow.
Be the hero that also paves the way for others to follow.
2. The real heroes are not the ones you see on TV
The world as we know it today puts on a pedestal most of the people who are constantly on TV such as artists, politicians, actors, etc. While some of them are real heroes most are not. The majority of them do not realize the magnitude of the influence they have over young people who are the biggest viewers of TV.
When you follow their private lives they are not a good example for young people to follow and they tend to mislead them as a result. The real heroes are the people we interact with every day that make a real difference in our lives. Your parents or guardians, teachers, genuine pastors, coach, and all the people that have had a positive impact in your life are good examples.
You can be the hero to one person yet the contribution you make in that person may enable them to go far just because you cared enough to pour into their life. So it is not really about how many followers you have but the quality of service you make in other peoples’ lives.
Heroes are people who act on a need much greater than themselves. They choose to benefit others at their own expense. That is exactly what Christ did for us on the Cross of Calvary.
3. Their primary objective is to serve, not the glory
Glory is reserved for God and He is glorified when you allow Him to do great work in and through your life. When you pursue glory the tendency is to make it all about you which should not be the case. Jesus came to serve us and was glorified following His resurrection.
“For the kingdom to shine we must not seek to do great things but seek to die great deaths. We could be heroes, if just for one day.” ~ R.C. Sproul Jr
Men like Desmond Doss, who set his heart on saving his fellowmen in battle in World War 2, are honoured for their noble acts of service. God honours those that honour Him so that He may get the glory. Seek first the Kingdom of God and all other things will be given you as well. We can also point to Mother Theresa whose desire was to take care of orphans and those in great need.
Through her service she became a world influencer but that was not her goal by any means. Seek to serve and be a light in your area of influence and God will elevate you to greater levels of influence for the glory of His Name.
In a world that is fast deteriorating the need for godly heroes is immense. Be the hero, the symbol of hope that this world is crying out for. Your life is not insignificant, it counts. Whatever your level of contribution is, it can and will make a big difference in someone else’s life if you are faithful to carry it out wholeheartedly.