02 Feb Zero to Hero
It is always very inspiring to read or watch heroes in real life or in fiction. Heroes beat the odds; they think out of the box, their beliefs are different from that of others. They stand out, that is why they are heroes. We admire them, their courage, their wits and imagination. Sometimes they cut the image of someone from another world, not held down by the limitations of this world. They seem to be dancing to another tune while others are involved with some different music.
We all have our heroes in different fields of endeavor and they may not all fit the bill I am describing, but they are heroes nonetheless.
When I think of what God has done for the human race in sending His Son to the cross for us, and think of what battles we face in the flesh, in the world and with the hosts of darkness, the adventure seems to me that God has built heroic potential into the New Creation and many who are born again are not living up to their potential. Some are not living up to what is available to them because of laziness, ignorance or carelessness; others out of just plain “playing religious games” instead of getting busy becoming who they were meant to be. You are a Hero if you are in Christ. Have you heard that you can have things yet not possess them experientially?
Here are some characteristics of heroes:
- Heroes live by their convictions; they know that their convictions are a product of the influences they allow in their lives.
- Heroes choose what, and who, they allow to influence them: they choose how they are conditioned. They live by principles and their principles have a known source. They just don’t allow floating thoughts to dominate them. Christians take the source of the principles they live by from God’s Word.
- Heroes rise up to the challenges of their time; they endure hardness like soldiers, train like athletes and are busy cultivating things (their hearts, relationships and their future) like farmers do.
Will all who are born again please arise and become the heroes they were meant to be?
Make sure you are genuinely born again. Many believe in Jesus but have not repented of the sinful nature inherited in Adam.
Make sure you truly surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The practical demonstration of that is when you submit to the authority of His word.
Purpose in your heart that you will not be defiled, become bitter, or allow anything to pollute your heart.
Cultivate a real relationship with God, take Him at His word and He wants to take you at your word too.
Rev. Kola Ewuosho
Recommended Resources: Behind Enemy Lines by Rev. Kola Ewuosho.