God Is Likely Using You To Be a Humble Hero
A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. - Isaiah 40:3
America Loves Heroes. Whether George Washington, Lewis & Clark, Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, Helen Keller, Babe Ruth, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Billy Graham or your hero of choice – heroes can be found in many and varied places.
Heroes, true heroes are to be found in real life. September 11 was a jolting reminder of the heroic volunteers (and professionals) who live as close as next door while serving in the fire company, police department, military or otherwise defending our freedom and well-being. Those honored as heroes will typically diminish their heroism, saying, “I was just doing my job.”
Sometimes being at the right place at the right time to do the right thing makes the news; most of the time it doesn’t. Those who are in it for the accolades are not heroes.
As we enter another season of Advent, you may recognize who is anticipated in Isaiah's prophecy listed above. John the Baptist’s life and mission were the fulfillment of prophecy. John’s purpose was to prepare the way for God’s Messiah – the one true Hero.
Yet, I hold up John as a hero himself, because he knew his purpose and carried it out – humble as it was. John was not out for his own recognition, but to promote the Messiah. John’s job was to prepare the way, so people would be ready to receive God's coming Messiah.
Every believer in Christ has a gift and a calling to serve the Lord. As we each "just do our job", realize that God is at work in ways beyond our ability or awareness. He is likely using YOU to nudge someone else to "prepare the way for the LORD". You probably won't even realize which moment that actually takes place. But as we prepare ourselves in anticipation of all that Christ's coming means, we are best positioned to be used by God as His Holy Spirit works in and through each one of us.
Growing with you in Christ,
Dave Meckley, Pastor