How to Be a Hero
Emily Teterud – Associate Marketing Director
In any book, action movie, or really any story of any kind, everyone looks for the hero. Who is going to save the day? Who is going to sacrifice him or herself for the good of others? This is the person who gets recognition, right? It’s the name you remember, the person you want to be like. And it seems as if everyone wants to be that person. But do we know how to get there?
This week’s message addressed Jesus’ birth story from the hero’s perspective. As a righteous man, Mary’s husband, Joseph, doesn’t get a whole lot of screen time, does he? We can read a little bit about him in Scripture, but before Jesus is even a teen, we never hear much from him from that time on. So, how can we describe him as a hero?
What’s important for each of us to note is the complete trust, humility, and obedience of this man. Joseph essentially takes on the role of being a husband to what would appear to be an unfaithful wedding engagement. However, because of his desire to listen to what God promised, and his obedience in following through, he gets the chance to be the earthly father to the Son of God. Knowing the ways this marriage might affect his reputation, Joseph listens to the angel in a dream and recognizes God’s promise through it. That’s pretty grand, isn’t it?
Grand heroic qualities don’t just show up in our character. Cal mentioned the example of what each of us would do if we won the lottery! The truth is, we would be as generous or greedy as we are currently with our money. We don’t suddenly gain characteristics without practicing them first in smaller ways.
How have you been practicing your heroism in small ways lately? Do you choose to put others before yourself, even if you won’t be recognized, acknowledged, or given credit as a hero? It’s those small ways God uses to develop our character so He can use us as heroes in the bigger ways.
God wants to use you in heroic ways. Let’s take time to listen to Him so we can participate in His plan!
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
Galatians 4:4; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:3-8; John 15:13, 3:16
“Every act of selfless love is a declaration of faith.” Bob Goff
Look to the Son – Central Music
Angels We Have Heard on High – Josh Wilson
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) – Hillsong Worship
Away in a Manger – Central Music