Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Heroism

Hello my dear family, friends, and complete strangers who just happened to aimlessly wander onto my blog. Welcome!! Hope that all is well and that things are going great!! First of all, pray for Rusty and Laura. They are moving back to the United States in a matter of weeks. Rusty`s mom has brain cancer and it is inoperable, so they are moving so that they can spend time with her before she passes away. They have a 4 month old child, Alex, and she has never met her grandson. Rusty`s wish is that she gets to hold his son in her arms, at least once. They are wonderful people, and I wish them the best of luck. We had a prayer rally at their house tonight and we all prayed together and sang beautiful songs. Anyways, keep them in your prayers.
Wednesday is my day for team devo (devotionals), and the thought of heroes came to mind. One of my readers said that Christians are like heroes. We are not timid, we will lay our lives down for strangers, we have an aura radiating among us. That got me thinking. How are we heroes? First of all, what defines a hero? What qualities must one have in order to be deemed a hero? Who are some heroes? One these questions are answered then maybe we can truly find our answer. The following is just thoughts that came to mind last night. I hope that you all enjoy. To become a heroic Christian, there is no limelight, no trumpet sounds, no witness, and no paying even the remotest attention to us. We are not only looking for halos, but for someone to say "What a great Christian she is" or "Look how wonderful he prays to God". If you are properly devoted to the Lord Jesus, then you have reached the lofty height where no one would ever notice you personally. All that is noticed is the power of God coming through you. We wont be able to say "Oh, I have had a wonderful call from God!", but to do even the most humbling task to the glory of God takes the Almight God Incarnate working inside us. To make us utterly unnoticable requires God`s spirit in usmaking us absolutely His. The true test of a heroes life is not successfulness, but faithfulness on the human level of life. We tend to set up success in Christian work as our purpose, but our purpose should be to display the glory of God in human life, to live a life "hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3-4) in our everyday human conditions. We have the heroic spirit of self-sacrifice, then the sudden restraint by the sensitivity of the Holy Spirit, and then we are stopped to the point of our own convictions. So now, it seems, that our sense of heroic sacrifice is not good enough. We strive to sacrifice even more. And finally, there is the glad, simple, unhindered offering of your gift to God. If we can become heroes in Christ, and if others notice not us, but Christ, the nwe have completed our task. Our sense of duty is only fully realized through our sense of heroism. It is much easier to die than to lay down your life day in and day out with the same sense of the high calling of God. we are not made for the bright-shining moments of life, but we ahve to walk in the light of them in our everyday ways.
I hope that you enjoyed that. It is not all of my ideas, but I took some and ran with it.Thanks guys. I am about to post another blog, so keep reading!!

2 comments:

Mawmaw said...

WOW!!! That was grrrreat. Keep up the goooood work. It seems God is really working in Japan as he is in USA. That devo is great, I know it is from God. I think of you and your work all the time. Love and Prayers,
MawMaw

2 Texas Paw Paw said...

What a great devotional. I know some preachers who would love to have that for a Sunday Morning Sermon. I love your thoughts on the "Hero". People should not race into the limelight. They should accept their role they play in the shadows. Never promote themselves and never push themselves to the front. Let someone else do that, better yet, let God do that. If a person is great, trust me, the word will get out. They will be found in God's time. If they are necessary for the plan, God will put them in the right place at just the precise time. Psalm 27:14 says, WAIT FOR THE LORD; BE STRONG AND LET YOUR HEART TAKE COURAGE; YES, WAIT FOR THE LORD"-----We love you Jordan, and we will pray for Rusty and Laura. J & K