You, a Hero?
March 28, 2020
One makes a difference. After years of service in South Africa, the famous missionary Robert Moffat returned to Scotland to recruit helpers. When he arrived at the church, he was disappointed that only a small group was there to hear him. What bothered him even more was that only women were there. They wouldn’t be able to leave and go as missionaries without their husbands and families. He was hoping to challenge men. Even his text for the sermon was “Unto you, O men, I call” (Proverbs 8:4). Way in the back, in the loft of the church, was a little boy pumping the bellows of the organ. He was too young to be a missionary in Africa, but he listened with great interest. Meanwhile Moffat preached with frustration, knowing that no one in the audience would be following him back to Africa.
But God works in mysterious ways. Years later that little boy who pumped the organ during Moffat’s service went and ministered to the unreached tribes of Africa. His name was David Livingstone! Because of David, millions today know Jesus.
One could have made a difference. A Christian baroness lived in the highlands of Nairobi, Kenya. Being very wealthy, she had many people working for her. One was a young boy who ran errands for her. One day the boy came to the baroness saying that he was not going to be working for her anymore and that he would like a reference letter. The baroness was surprised. She paid the boy well. He had a comfortable home. She really liked him. So she offered to pay him more if he’d stay. But the boy replied that he was not leaving for more money. He told her that he had come to work for her three months earlier to observe the ways of a Christian. Now he was ready to work for a Muslim to observe their ways. At the end of the next three months he was going to decide to become a Christian or a Muslim. The baroness was flustered. She began to think of all the things she would have done differently over the past three months had she known she was being watched so closely. And all she could do now was exclaim, “Why didn’t you tell me at the beginning?”
Memory Text: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV).
Our Beliefs, no. 17, Spiritual Gifts and Ministries: “God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts that each member is to employ in loving ministry for the common good of the church and of humanity. . . . These gifts include such ministries as faith, healing, prophecy, proclamation, teaching, administration, reconciliation, compassion, and self-sacrificing service and charity for the help and encouragement of people.”
Ellen G. White, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, pp. 41-44
Read Philippians 4:6, 7.
Sometimes surviving in school is all about “camouflage.” You have to blend in, not stick out. You don’t want to do things that make you seem different. Unfortunately, you cannot be a Christian hero and go unnoticed. There is no such thing as an “invisible” disciple of Jesus. First of all, with all the pressures in your school and social life is it even possible to be a hero in the popular sense, and a disciple of Jesus at the same time? If your answer is yes, give at least one example of a situation in which this is possible. If your answer is no, explain why.
Read Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Ephesians 4:11-16.
Jesus was our example. He daily used the gifts and talents He was given. He healed the lame, restored sight and hearing, raised the dead, and preached hope of a better life. In following His example, we are to learn what our gifts and talents are. We are to use our gifts helping others. And we have been given the commission to tell others who Jesus is. We can tell them about a better life—a life without sin, suffering, and death. And we can tell them that Jesus is coming soon and that anyone ready to meet Him will go and live with Him eternally.
What are you doing to develop the gifts and talents God has given you?
Unscramble the following words and place them where they go in the verse below.
lal ytiliba sretsinim deifirolg seilppus kaeps deviecer noinimod retsinim teepr sdrawets selcaro rehtona enoyna yrolg
“As each one has a gift, it to one, as good of the manifold grace of God. If speaks, let him as the of God. If anyone, let him do it as with the which God, that in things God may be through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the and the forever and ever. Amen” (1 4:10, 11, NKJV).
Read Hebrews 11.
Notice the items reported in the media. Nobody talks about the ordinary, everyday things that go on. The world takes note of things out of the ordinary. And this phenomenon is not limited to this world. Heaven also takes note of the extraordinary that some people will let God do through them. Enoch walked with God, and Heaven noticed. Noah stood out among his peers, and Heaven noticed. Moses led a nation, and Heaven noticed. Throughout history you can find ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Whether those things were stupid or heroic, the world stood up and paid attention.
Be a hero of any kind, and the world will surely take notice. But be a hero and an agent for God’s kingdom, and both earth and heaven will take notice. What this means is that being a Christian does not have to be about being a goofy, goody-goody person who never has fun and always talks about the Lord. You can be a Christian and still be a downto- earth, fun person that your friends will want to be around.
This week you are learning that God is looking for persons of integrity. If you find yourself doubting that you could ever do anything great, remember the stories in the Bible. They are about people, most of them just as ordinary as you and me. What made them stand out as heroes? What kept some from becoming heroes? Fill in the blanks of the Bible verses that follow; then on the line following the text, answer this question for each verse: What did they do or not do that made them heroes?
1. “I have found son of Jesse a man after my own; he do everything I want him to do” (Acts 13:22, NIV).
2. “And the boy continued to in and in with the LORD and with people” (1 Samuel 2:26, NIV).
3. “The king talked with them, and he to,, and” (Daniel 1:19, NIV).
4. “Now was a very man, more than anyone else on the of the” (Numbers 12:3, NIV).
5. “Ahab son of Omri did more in the eyes of the LORD than of before him” (1 Kings 16:30, NIV).
6. “Eli’s sons were; they had for the LORD” (1 Samuel 2:12, NIV).
7. “There was a man from God whose name was. He came as a to concerning that, so that him all might believe” (John 1:6, 7, NIV).
8. “Therefore and disciples of all, baptizing them in the of the and of the and of the” (Matthew 28:19, NIV). ____________________________ ____________________________
Read Judges 6.
Review the memory text.
In Judges 6 an angel visits Gideon, who at the time was hiding from the armies of Midian. He calls upon Gideon to be a mighty warrior and deliver Israel from her captors. Think about that for a minute. An angel asks a guy hiding in a cave to be a mighty warrior and deliver a nation from an entire army of fierce soldiers? It doesn’t make sense. But to God it made perfect sense. For He sees us through divine eyes. He sees the potential we have to be used by Him, not our present state. When God looks at you, He doesn’t see an insignificant earliteen. He sees His child, a child full of potential. Will you let God fulfill the plans He has for you?
God is still looking for Gideon-type leaders today. They may not be obvious leader material. They may be hiding in a cave. But God sees beyond the cave and into hearts. He can tell who will let themselves be used by His Spirit. Today’s war is not one fought on a battlefield, it is one fought between good and evil. And it is not a war over land, but one fought over souls. You are an agent in this battle. God used Gideon thousands of years ago, and He can use you today.
Read Matthew 28:19, 20.
Good disciples make good heroes. So figure out if you have what it takes to be a disciple and a hero. Below are texts that describe the disciples of Jesus. First, decide on the trait that the text is describing. Next, on a scale of 0 to 10 (0 being nothing, 10 being a lot), mark how much of this quality you think you have. Finally, ask yourself—What does this say about the kind of disciple Jesus is looking for?
|TEXT||DISCIPLE TRAIT||HOW MUCH OF IT DO YOU HAVE|
|1. Matthew 10:42|||||
|2. Mark 4:40|||||||||||||||||||||||
|3. Luke 12:22|||||||||||||||||||||||
|4. John 8:31|||||||||||||||||||||
|5. Matthew 17:14-21|||||||||||||||||||||||
|6. John 13:35|||||||||||||||||||||||
|7. Luke 11:1-4|||||||||||||||||||||||
|8. Matthew 16:24-26|||||||||||||||||||||||