The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them!Psalm 16:3 (NLT)
God has called each of us to be heroes in some capacity for somebody. I want to be heroic, I want to make a difference, but most days I feel anything but heroic.
When I am struggling with the simple things like getting my kids to listen, or challenged to overcome my anger, or sitting down to pay my bills, I don’t feel very heroic. I want to do great things, but am reluctant because I lack confidence. Many Christians lack confidence that God can work through their lives to do great things. They become being reluctant heroes, and need help becoming heroic.
When I look through the heroes detailed in Hebrews 11, I find encouragement. Most of them began with a tremendous lack of confidence. They were what I call reluctant heroes. Jacob, Moses, Rehab, Barak were all reluctant to do what God called them to do. God had to build their faith and confidence so they could become the great men and women he destined them to be.
Gideon is a poster child for reluctant heroes
To learn how God can build your confidence read Judges 6-7. These questions can get you started.
- Judges 6:1-6 – What does it take for me to ask for help?
- Judges 6:7-10 – Do I listen to God and his people?
- Judges 6:11-12 – Do I realize God sees who I can be?
- Judges 6:13 – Do I deal with my doubt?
- Judges 6:14-15 – What can I do with the strength I have?
- Judges 6:16 – Do I believe God will be with me?
We can see from Gideon that God builds our confidence by leading us to be more godly. The world needs more godly people, more heroes. You and I both can be transformed from reluctant people with little confidence to true heroes.
What can I do in these areas of my life to be transformed from reluctant to heroic?
Consider the following areas to tackle:
- Heroic family building
- Heroic openness
- Heroic repentance
- Heroic sacrifice
- Heroic conversations
- Heroic love