Heroes – admiring but not emulating

Heroes are everywhere. We like to talk about them and read their lives, and often we act like we want to be like them. But we really don’t want to emulate them. They set an example for us and we hold them up in esteem but try all we can to avoid their examples.

We see many heroes in the Bible. Moses is called the servant of God. It took 80 years to get there and even after he has to wander and bear the burden of all Israel. Abraham was called the friend of God. It took him leaving family and home to wander for the rest of his life. David was a man after God’s own heart. He was chased by Saul for years, and then later run out of his kingdom by his son. Job was perfect and upright so that God bragged about him. He lost everything he had.

What is my point? We talk about them with pride, but we are terrified that God might actually brag about us. But to that I would say, “Don’t worry about it.” If you aren’t prepared to lose all your family and your own life also God isn’t going to be bragging to Satan about you. If you aren’t walking with Him and finding your hope, joy, and comfort in Him than you won’t be called the friend of God.

Luke 14:26

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

God requires everything of us. These “heroes” are believers/saints/disciples. They are what God requires of all of us. We need to be ready to give it all up with no earthly hope of the future. We look for a heavenly hope.

So, if you lose your house or job in this economy trust the Lord and be His servant, friend, and a man after His heart. If you lose your health or your loved ones, trust the Lord and be His servant, friend, and a man after His heart. If your life seems unfixable and with no light ahead, trust the Lord and be His servant, friend, and a man after His heart.

Our worry shouldn’t be that God might brag about us and Satan attack. Our worry should be that God can’t brag about us and Satan is happy to leave us alone.

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