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How to be a Biblical Hero

September 3, 2014

Do you feel like you could never be a hero like those we read about in the Bible? 

You hear sermon after sermon on their successes and faith, but it seems an impossible level to attain. Italmost as if they were not real people, walking around with halos on the head.

Take Abraham for example. He has faith to go to an unknown land, a belief in the promise of a future son, and at the end of his life a trust in God which was willing to have the long ago promised son taken away.

These are all positive and good pictures of Abraham, but as with all Biblical heroes, he has a dark side.

Right after making the bold step to enter a land which was unknown, purely on obedience, we see Abraham walking in zero trust when out of fear he lies about Sarah being his wife.

Our Story Is Not Our Identity

February 24, 2012

A few years ago, our family completed a journey to adopt and immigrate our son from South Africa. This process took over four years and included custody, name changes, countless documents, and finally culminated in him receiving his US citizenship and passport.

My son’s identity has changed. He has a new name, a new country, and a new family heritage.

This does not change his story. Where he came from will always be a part of his life, but how he is known is completely different.

It is this way with all of us. Our past is a part of who we are, but we have a new identity through Christ.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17

This is so clear through the example of Abraham. Look at these two verses side by side and notice the difference.

This is a part of the 7 Minutes a Day Series. It might be helpful to scroll to the bottom and see previous portions of Galatians we’ve explored.

I have spent nearly 20 years working in missions. In my travels I meet many people who serve with different motivations. Some serve out of a desire to help those pushed down by life and society. Some serve in order to fulfill part of the Great Commission.

Those who are the most miserable on the missions field are those serving out of a sense of guilt or obligation. They begin their commitments with zeal and passion. Then things get tough. Culture shock hits. The converts don’t come rolling in. When this happens, those motivated by guilt respond in different ways.

Sometimes people give up and leave the field (or even their faith) completely. When we serve for the wrong reasons, the mission field will chew us up and spit us out.

This is a part of the 7 Minutes a Day Series. It might be helpful to scroll to the bottom and see previous portions of Galatians we’ve explored.

All children look forward to the day when they no longer have a babysitter. You may have had some incredible times with a sitter, learning fun things, but the moment you are mature enough to stay by yourself is a milestone in any child’s life.

The Jews were telling the Galatians they needed the babysitter of the Law, specifically circumcision. Remember, they said this was the secret to success as a Christian.

Let’s read the passage in Galatians before we go any further……

Galatians 3:15-29(click on this and read the passage. Yes, this is included in the 7 minutes!)