I was talking with my book club last night about all sorts of things. Eventually our conversation came to current events and politics. We started talking about all of the “sins” the media has been exposing in all of our leaders. We talked about how no one is fully satisfied with our government in its current state. Our group comes from all different backgrounds and belief systems, so without alienating anyone around the table, one woman frankly said, “We don’t have any heroes anymore.”
Somewhere in our DNA, God put a desire in us to be rescued. It’s the theme of every beloved fairy tale of old. For centuries, many little girls have played and dreamed of being rescued; many boys fantasize about being the rescuer. It’s why so many little ones want to be firefighters. They want to be heroes.
I think this desire to be rescued or be a rescuer is just a reflection of the story God has written for our lives. All the best stories reflect the greater story of a need for redemption. Jesus is the true hero. Man, woman, boy, or girl, his death on the cross rescued us all.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” –Mark 15:13
Jesus is the ultimate hero.
Still, and rightfully so, we’re now teaching our little ones that they don’t have to wait for anyone to rescue them. We’re teaching them that the hero lives inside themselves. I absolutely want the girls in my life to know that they don’t need a man to rescue them.
But I also want every person in my life to know that the One who can rescue us from every mess we get ourselves into can also live inside of us.
“Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” -Acts 2:38
When you choose to follow Jesus and trust God with your life, then He will send the Holy Spirit to live inside of you. And here’s the best news:
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” -2 Corinthians 3:17
You, who were slaves to your addiction, who were tangled in the mess you created when you tried to chase after your own desires, you are set free. Jesus paid the price of the debt that your life has amassed. You have been saved, unchained, released, liberated. And now, the power that rose Jesus from the grave lives inside of you.
The problem is that we keep looking to others to rescue us. They can’t. Not in the lasting way that a real relationship with our Savior can. No politician or celebrity will ever be able to show us the way to true happiness. And if we don’t have the Spirit inside of us, our own broken hearts will lead us astray.
BUT, if the Spirit lives inside of you, you can be a hero to so many by shining the light and pointing to Jesus.
Let’s not be too afraid to offend that we hide our light. The world is looking for a hero. Let’s point them to the Savior.