As I was preparing a lesson for the DreamCampaign youth group (trying to figure out a way to keep them engaged), the word “hero” kept coming to mind. So I started thinking about who I thought of as a hero was when I was a kid. Sports figures automatically popped into my head. Mean Joe Green, Lyle Alzado, and Joe Montanna just to name a few. Now to make it relevant. Everyone knows who Michael Jordan, Stephen Curry Lebron James, Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady is. They all have staggering stats, but is that what a HERO is? Maybe not. Here are a few so called heroes that stumbled once or twice from their hero path: Barry Bonds, A-Rod, Aaron Hernandez, Dennis Rodman. I could go on forever. Which leads to what are we really looking at? Outward appearance?
What does God say a HERO is? Samuel tells the story in 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Here is the cliff notes version. God sent Samuel to choose the next king of Israel. He went to the house of Jesse, who had 8 sons, and started with the oldest, who was a big strong man. God said no all the way through 7 of the brothers until he got to the youngest one who was tending sheep in the field. Guess who God picked? The youngest one. whose name was David! I will share 1 Samuel 16:7 with you: “But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the Heart.
So, who do I think is a hero? A Christ follower, a Mentor, someone who serves others and the list goes on. These people may never win a Super Bowl or a national Championship, but God does not look at things the same way as people. He looks at the Heart.
Maybe we should too!