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?
  1. A hero knows his duty and does it.  It may be as simple as the man who spends his lifetime laboring faithfully to support and raise his family.  God, family, and country sustain him.  Proverbs 10:28: “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.”
  2. A hero acts with purpose.  He continues his duties with integrity, even if it costs him his job.
  3. A hero willingly sacrifices for the sake of others.
  4. A hero considers the eternal.
 True heroes of the faith:
  • Hebrews 11:4: “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”  Abel did not go to God on his own terms, but he came God’s way with the approved blood sacrifice.  Cain (and the world) rejected it.
  • Hebrews 11:5: “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”  For years, Enoch faithfully followed God whether he was mocked or not.
  • Noah faithfully followed God’s Word.
  • Abraham left willingly and followed God.
  • Moses forsook the riches of Egypt to follow God.
  • Joshua and Caleb believed that God could give them the land.
  • David stood fast showing faith instead of fear.
  • Elijah withstood the prophets of Baal.
  • Daniel purposed in his heart to follow God.
  • Nehemiah took on an impossible task with God’s help.
  • Peter and John continued to share the gospel even though they might receive a beating.
  • Paul faithfully proclaimed the truth.
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!