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When you think of heroes, who comes to mind? Do you picture a serviceman, or perhaps a firefighter?
I asked my kids, and they said, “Superman,” “Batman,” “Captain America,” and “Luke Skywalker.”
Yeah, I should have seen that coming. I didn’t mean superhero…
But what does make a someone a hero? What about a hero of the faith? Maybe Paul or Jesus himself?
There are actually many heroes in the Bible — people who did extraordinary things because they allowed God to use them for His purposes. Some of them were what I would call “unlikely heroes.” They were normal folks like you and me who had their own issues and deficiencies. But God chose to use them in spite of themselves.
Guys like David, for example.
When Samuel came around to anoint the next king, it wasn’t the oldest, tallest, or most handsome brother who was chosen. No, it was the youngest — little David who was out tending the sheep. He wasn’t the leader of the brothers, but the caretaker of the sheep. And yet God used him in mighty ways, both in battle and as a leader of the Israelites. He certainly wasn’t without sin, and he had to deal with the consequences of his decisions, but he could be considered a hero.
And then there’s Joseph, another family youngster.
His brothers were jealous of their father’s favor toward Joseph, so they tried to get rid of him. They sold him into slavery and he was taken to Egypt. He spent time in the bottom of a well, and time in prison. But when the famine threatened the lives of his family, I imagine each of his brothers considered him a hero when he was able to provide for them what they could not provide for themselves — food to sustain their very lives!
What about Moses?
When God told him to go and speak to Pharaoh, Moses argued that God had the wrong guy, because Moses had a stuttering problem. Who was he to speak to Pharaoh? How could he?
God knew all about Moses, and He chose to work through him anyway. I’ve no doubt those millions of freed Israelites considered him a hero. (Well, when they weren’t complaining, but that’s a separate story…)
We could all make excuses as to why we couldn’t be used by God and why we wouldn’t be the next “hero” of the faith. But like these “unlikely heroes,” God uses ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary.God uses ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary. Click To Tweet
Can you think of a more modern-day unlikely hero? Perhaps a missionary or servant-leader who wouldn’t have seemed like a good potential candidate for “hero,” but whom God used in an amazing way? Please share in the comments below!