While I do not believe we should strive to become heroes, I do believe genuine faith in Jesus Christ (faith that endures to the end) will make us heroes. No, I do not mean the kind of heroes about which books are written (although that might happen to a few) or the kind of heroes after which national holidays are named. Rather, I am referring to the kind of heroes who impact people for eternity.
On Sunday morning, Lord willing, I will be preaching through Hebrews 11 on how “Jesus Is the Better Resurrection.” Faith in Him and in the resurrection life only He can give impacts people. That kind of faith is all over Hebrews 11, and the stories in Hebrews 11 are about heroes – not because of the amount of their faith but because of the object of their faith.
If people tried to summarize your life in just a couple of sentences, what would be said? Would they talk about all your great accomplishments, or would the emphasis be on something bigger and something more lasting?
The heroes of Hebrews 11 are heroes not because they “figured it out” or achieved success or won fleeting victories, but rather because they trusted the One with eternal victory.
What about you? Will you be a hero someday – a hero according to the standard of God’s Word? Only if your faith is in God and in His provision for your life.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Heroes are heroes – according to God – only when the greatest thing about them is the God they faithfully serve. Let us be heroes by our faith in God. Let our lives point people to Him. Let our stories be about Him. Then, like Abel, the impact will continue – “By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith” (Hebrews 11:4).
Faith makes heroes.