Marks of a Hero
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
Memorial Day is a time for us to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country and the freedom we have. We all know someone who gave their life for our country, and we consider them heroes. What is a hero? Is it someone who is running around trying to be a hero, or who is concerned about his legacy, or who is making brash attempts for attention? No! Consider this Scriptural definition beginning with Hebrews 11:1-3: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” As you continue reading you see the “heroes of the faith” taking God at His word, following and trusting Him, living their lives faithfully for Him, and doing what is right. This makes sense to believers while to unbelievers it is foolishness. What are the marks of a hero?
True heroes of the faith:
These and many others were heroes because they did what was right. They heard and believed God’s Word, and they steadfastly followed God. They were not concerned if they were recognized by the world.
Jesus is the greatest hero of all. God incarnate! He came to die on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day for our justification (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He is the only Savior for mankind (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). He came and gave His life that we might have eternal life. Acts 2:21: “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” God has called us to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
Do you want purpose in life? Determine to take God at His word, follow and trust Him, live your life faithfully for Him, and do what is right. Remember, God calls you to walk in newness of life. Be one of the heroes of the faith!