We’re in the middle of a superhero themed series at Pit Stop (middle school ministry). Last night’s lesson was titled We All Need Heroes. All people groups throughout history have had heroes. It’s natural (I would even say necessary) for us as humans to have people to look up to. People who give us hope and who we aspire to be like.
The scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ is our ultimate hero (our Hero with a capital H). Hebrews 12:2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. I love this verse. Jesus is our champion…our Hero…who has secured our salvation. He gives us hope and sets an example for us in life and faith.
We also need little h – heroes…regular, everyday people that we look up to. We often refer to them as mentors, role models, etc. The relationship of the Apostle Paul and Timothy is a great example of this. Paul writes…Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. (II Timothy 2:1-2). Paul was a spiritual mentor to Timothy and we see that his influence continued even though distance separated them. In this verse we see Paul teaching Timothy, who will teach others, who will in turn teach others. It’s a chain of mentoring.
Let me encourage you to consider who your “spiritual heroes” are. Is it a Christian author or speaker that you particularly enjoy? Maybe an elderly individual that you’ve watched maintain a vibrant faith into their later years? Maybe a peer that you admire for their insight and unshakable faith? Maybe it’s even someone younger than you who shows wisdom beyond their years? We all need heroes.