FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014
Few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.—1 Corinthians 1:26–27
In many ways, we have lost the meaning of the word hero. We throw it around so casually. If you can put a ball through a hoop, you’re a sports hero. If you can play eight chords on a guitar, you’re a rock and roll hero. If you can pretend to be something you’re not, you’re a Hollywood hero. We have a strange concept as to who our heroes really are.
I remember watching a well-known journalist interview an actor about his recent movie, which featured a politically troubled region of the world. When the journalist asked the celebrity what he thought should be done about the political situation there, the actor responded, “Who cares what I think?” and went on to point out that he was just an actor. All too often, we mistakenly think actors really are the people they portray. We think they are heroes when, in fact, they’re just people like you and me.
A hero is someone who does something sacrificial, something courageous. There are heroes today, of course. We saw many of them in action on 9/11 and in the days that followed. But often, today’s heroes are operating behind the scenes, and we never know about them.
As we look at heroes of the faith, those in Scripture and in contemporary history whom God put His hand on, one thing stands out: it seems that God has always gone out of His way to find individuals who did not necessarily look like heroes. And that is precisely the point. God isn’t looking for a strong man or woman per se. Rather, He’s looking for someone who will walk in His strength.
Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013
Radio Program: “King for a Day — I”
TV Program: “What Jesus Taught About Prayer, Part 1”
Bible Reading: Psalm 149, 1 Corinthians 15-16
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.