Most of us are familiar with Hebrews 11, often described as ‘the faith hall of fame”, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, and prominent men and women considered heroes of the faith from more modern times such as Martin Luther, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham and Saeed Abidini. These people are rightly held up as examples we would do well to follow.
But I’d like to suggest that we look for our ‘heroes of the faith’ a bit closer to home. In the book of Phillippians (chapter 3), Paul told them to imitate him and others as he emulated Christ. He wasn’t telling them to follow someone far away or long dead, but to follow Christ in a way similar to those whom they know who are His disciples.
So, how do you identify these local ‘heroes of faith’? By looking for those who consistently show increasing fruits of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22 and steadfastly follow Christ no matter how bad things get.
You’ll be surprised. You might find such a hero behind a pulpit on Sunday morning… but you’re just as likely to find a mechanic, a store clerk, an assisted living resident, a doctor – even a homeless person.
When you do, observe and emulate those attitudes and actions that show you how to walk out in the 21st century what it is to be a committed disciple of Christ.
And don’t forget to praise God for bringing them into your life!