Your Choice

by Jacob Burson
Philippians‬ ‭2:19-30‬
I read an article recently in Inc. Magazine that was a summary of what kind of person is considered a hero. Of all of the people polled and interviewed, here’s the summary of what most people consider what a hero is: “They put others before themselves. They sprint into

danger, into the unknown. They pay dearly for their courage, and they often go years — if ever— without the recognition they deserve.”

Courage, Selflessness, Humility, Patience, Caring.

I typically get sideways-grin when “studies show” a result that echos what scripture has been telling us for thousands of years. In Philippians 2, Paul writes to the church at Philippi about two heroes in our faith, Timothy and Epaphroditus. While being in prison, Paul’s writing these words to the Church at Philippi. A church that he and Timothy had planted 10 years earlier. What we have in the text is essential a letter of recommendation, a stamp of approval, and Yelp 5-star review from Paul on his guys, Tim and Epaph.

We lean towards elevating these guys to hero status quickly and justifiably so. They exemplified “Courage, Selflessness, Humility, Patience, Caring”. While we can see them as heroes we could never be we must remember, without Christ and their love for him, they would’ve never been heroes either. These guys had made a shift. They believed what they had learned about Jesus and they chose to live that out. That option exists for each of us today.

Courage, Selflessness, Humility, Patience, Caring… These things are choices. Want courage? Choose to be courageous. Want selflessness? Choose to put others first. Want humility? Be humble. Want patience? Be patient. Want to care? Do I really need to continue?

Boiled down to the basics, a hero is someone who we think we ought to be.

A hero is the best teammate anyone could have.

Don’t just see Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditus as untouchable biblical heroes. Learn from them. See them for what they are; some guys who knew Jesus and decided to do something about it.

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