by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-21, MSG)
This week we are taking a look at ways you can use your deep impact living in order to be a hero for someone. As someone who loves superheros, it’s easy to think one needs super powers, a genius intellect, a fortune in the bank, or a cape in order to be a hero. Once we move beyond comic books and the silver screen, and take a look at what it means to play a part in saving someone for eternity, you can see that Scripture gives about the best insight you’ll find anywhere.
In today’s passage, we read that the Apostle Paul took his heroic role seriously, though I’m quite certain he wouldn’t describe himself in such a way. He wrote that he entered into the world of the people he was called to serve, but did not take on their way of life. Keeping his bearings in Christ enabled him to be around a wide range of people with whom he disagreed for the sake of showing them the love of Jesus. And note that he did this voluntarily; he didn’t feel forced, in other words.
Where might God be calling you to go, and with whom might God be calling you to interact in order to show someone the love of Jesus? Do they have to be just like you? NO! In fact, the “otherness” helped put God’s amazing and saving grace on display. This is an example for all of us, so as we begin this week, let’s Hero Up! and see with whom and where we might be able to share the saving love of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your saving love in Jesus. Thank you for examples like Paul’s who was able to interact with a wide range of people to show them your love while keeping his bearings in Jesus. Help me to do the same. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.