Heroes of the Faith
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My favorite types of stories to read are those about the amazing heroes of the faith. I love the great biographies about these individuals and how God used them to make a significant impact on the world.
Almost every great person of history has the following story. There is a relatively normal person, perhaps even a disadvantaged person. This person then encounters a problem that seems insurmountable, and then this person puts his or her faith in Christ regarding this issue. This person begins to take Godly action, and the problem is in some way resolved.
There is a danger to these types of stories, however. The danger is that we can begin to think of these individuals as supermen (or women). We run the risk of exalting individuals like Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield, Catherine Booth, etc. to a far more exalted status than just mere human.
I do not say this to diminish heroes of the faith- quite the opposite, I absolutely love reading about them and find them worthy of praise to the fullest. It’s inspiring to hear how these individuals seemed to find access to some otherworldly power… and of course- they did!
That’s the beautiful truth of the heroes of the faith. They themselves are just mere humans. Even moreso they are humans that are just as fallen as anyone else in history. However, they seemed to manifest supernatural strength, compassion, courage, love, intelligence and providences because they did manifest them supernaturally. Their hope was built on nothing less than Jesus Christ- His righteousness!
It is Christ- the one who predestines whatsoever comes to pass that was their aide, comforter and help mate. And the amazing reality is that you have access to Him too!
If you are a born-again believer, then there is no difference between you and the heroes of the past. There is no superhuman ability which they possess that you do not. You have access to the same power.
You can endure the same sufferings and still have joy (Philippians 4:12-13). You can ask for wisdom (James 1:5), you can ask for the benefit of providence (Matthew 6:25), you can ask that God use you to help someone (John 14:13).
A hundred years from now, there will be men and women who read about the heroes of the faith from their past. Seek that they be reading about you. Not so that you may be glorified or praised, but so that your life may have been lived in such a way as to be a glorifier of Christ.
Seek to do good works with your days. Seek to be a great person of Church history by being perfectly obedient to God.
Do not waste your life struggling merely for the sake of putting food on the table and clothes on your back. Instead of that, “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33, NASB).
Your salvation is provided for through Christ, your basic needs are provided for, so now your goal in life should be to serve God w/ all your might. Begin to labor faithfully for the Kingdom and you too will be a great person of His story.