Sunday, March 10th, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 1)
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are yeasayers. A 'yeasayer' is 'one who is confidently affirmative in attitude--one who uncritically agrees' (American Heritage Dictionary).
Agrees to what? Anything he'd rather not do, but should; anything he fears, but shouldn't; anything that's hard, but necessary; anything that God says--period. Everyday heroes are 'Yes' people.
Such as? Getting up early, visiting the sick, standing against enemies, opposing pop culture, obeying a parent, leaving a home, or siding with God. Didn't Jesus say 'Yes' to all of these things? Undoubtedly, we serve a 'Yes' God.
Consider Caleb: Early in the journey from Egypt, Moses sent twelve leaders 'To spy out the land of Canaan' (Numbers 13:17): the land promised to them by God. After returning from their spy trip, ten leaders said, 'No way.' Two said, 'Yes': Joshua and Caleb.
'Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, 'Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.' But the men who had gone up with him said, 'We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.' And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land' (Numbers 13:30-32).
The result? A forty-year sentence by God: forty years of wandering and preparation--until a whole generation of naysayers died and a new generation of yeasayers matured. Only then did God's people cross the Jordan River into a 'Land flowing with milk and honey' (Exodus 3:8).
Consider Simon Peter: When he met Jesus, Peter was tired from an unsuccessful fishing trip. Jesus asked him to go back to the water. 'Simon answered and said to Him, 'Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your Word I will let down the net.' And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking' (Luke 5:5-6).
In other words, 'Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world' (Philippians 2:14-15).
Being a yeasayer is a requirement for godly success.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.