What's truly sad is that religion has created a sort of false hero. We tend to make heroes out of the people who have been in church the longest, who have had the most positions, who have given the most money and who have the highest education. But, this is just another way religion, not the Gospel, has shaped our church. We have made significant the things people do, and not the condition of their hearts. But, true heroes have an unmistakable heart.
The heart of a hero is characterized by a complete lack of selfishness. It is a heart that is focused completely on the needs of others. It is a heart that beats to see life return to others, and not to sustain it's own. It is a rare thing....Something the church often overlooks, and rarely celebrates.
The heroes are the people whose lives were changed. The heroes are the people who were bold enough to step out in faith and trust Jesus. The heroes are the ones who discovered life in Jesus. The heroes are the ones who week after week brought other people with them to hear about Jesus, hope, forgiveness and love. The heroes are the ones who sacrificed personal preferences for the advance of the Gospel. The heroes are the ones who do not believe they are wise, but humbly follow the vision. The heroes are the ones who celebrate what God is doing, not what people are doing. The heroes are the ones who continually strive to create an environment where people far from God can discover life in Jesus.