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Devotional

How would you define a hero?  We think about a hero as someone who is bigger than life, always up front doing things.  Or we think of superheroes – awesome, fighting and saving people – and we think we can't be that kind of person.

We need to understand what a hero really is -  a hero points to Jesus with everything they do.

Heroes are ordinary people like you and me.  Maybe it's the student living his faith out in the classroom, praying for his peers, or the coach who travels to Africa on a mission trip.  These are real life people.  These are true heroes.  These are the kind of people who are not afraid to live for Jesus.  They carry him in to every part of their lives.  They not only talk the talk, they walk the walk.

A hero is someone who dares to do the hard things, to go to the hard places, someone who will sacrifice for others.  Maybe you can look at your own life and you quickly recognize the heroes.  But sometimes a hero isn't that obvious.  Maybe it is someone praying for you or for revival in our schools and in our world.  These people rarely get recognized as heroes, but then they aren't out for recognition.  They just want to make themselves vessels for God's work.

Young believers need that.  They need to see how to do life.  They need heroes to do life with them.  When they see someone live out what has been shown to them in God's Word, it sticks. 

We need to be heroes for the younger generations.  How can you point to Jesus with your own life?  How can you live out your faith in your job, or school, or home?  Who can you do life with?

About the Song

“We all want to be a hero. If you are a guy, you lay in the bed at night and you dream your hero sequences. You are going to swoop in and save the damsel in distress. You are going to save the children from the bus. You go to movies that say over and over and over, ‘Look at all these ordinary people everywhere, they need a hero.’ So we come to God saying, ‘I want to be this hero for you.’ We look at the word and say, ‘I want to be David for you. I want to be Nehemiah for you. I want to be Moses for you (who gets out there and does the awesome stuff).’ But the problem is, not one of those people in the Bible ever said that. No one, who has ever done big things for God, has ever said, ‘Hey, I want to go do big things for God.’ People who love God and want to walk close with Him (when they finish talking to God), they look at the world and their hearts are broken. They know something has to be done. David never set out to be a giant slayer. David was following God and a giant got in his way. Peter never planned on walking on water. That’s just where Jesus was. Nehemiah didn’t want to build some giant wall. He just loved God and his heart was broken for his city. If we love God so much, we do anything He says no matter how crazy it sounds. You will find yourself in a position to be a hero. 

This song is about actual people in my church right now. The first verse about the single mother is a lady named Robin Lamp, who is raising two girls by herself and running the divorce care ministry for our students. She struggles to make ends meet; however, she loves those girls enough to bring them up to walk with Jesus. Jake and Jessie are the seniors in the hallway walking through their school and decided that popularity wasn’t what they were going to go for. They’ve seen dozens and dozens of these middle school guys and young high schoolers come to know Jesus because of what they do. Even in the outro of this song you will see a boardroom with a Bible, that’s Chris Bledsoe, a businessman who decided to go build a business with Jesus in the front of it. In the classroom praying for revival, that’s Lynn Hudgens, a lady who prays for her class every year before they come that they’d see Jesus…even though she can’t outwardly share Him in the classroom. Being a hero is blooming where you are planted and loving the people you are with.”

Scripture

  • Philippians 2:3, 4
  • Matthew 5:13-16
  • John 13:1-17
  • Colossians 2:2-3
 

Lyrics

(Mark Hall, Matthew West)

She’s on her own, two girls at home
Thirteen years just up and walked away
And left her all alone
With bills to pay and mouths to feed
And every day she’s taking care of everybody else’s needs

But she’s finding her strength in the One love that won’t ever leave her
So she works and she prays and she loves and she stays ‘cause they need her

These are the heroes, just ordinary people
Laying down their lives like angels in disguise
They’re weak but always willing
They dare to do the hard things
And in the dark and desperate places no one else goes
You’ll find the heroes
You’ll find the heroes

He walks the halls, against the flow
He sees his high school as his mission field
He’s broken ‘cause he knows
The hopeless road that they are taking
The empty feelings they are chasing only lead to futures wasted
So he’s willing to stand alone

He lives what he believes when they all say it’s not worth believing
Every night on his knees, he prays “God, won’t
You please help me reach them?” 

You may never know their names
But they’re moving mountains just the same
Instead of searching for the spotlight
They’ll follow Jesus into the darkest night

Heroes, these are the heroes

In the board room with a Bible
In the classroom praying for revival
In third world countries, in downtown missions

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