Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 10)
Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said:
'Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in Heaven and in Earth is Yours;
Yours is the Kingdom, O Lord,
And You are exalted as Head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You,
And You reign over all.
In Your Hand is power and might;
In Your Hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all.
Now therefore, our God,
We thank You
And praise Your glorious Name.
But who am I, and who are my people,
That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your own we have given You.
For we are aliens and pilgrims before You.'
1 Chronicles 29:10-15 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are pilgrims. A pilgrim is 'a person who undertakes a journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion; any wayfarer' (World English Dictionary).
A journey to where? Out of your comfort zone.
Such as? Hollywood. Or anywhere beyond the familiar, beyond the door, beyond life as you know it--for life as God shows it.
Consider David's final speech before passing his throne to Solomon in 1 Chronicles 29. After praising God, David summed up our role on Planet Earth with these words: 'We are aliens and pilgrims before You.'
Consider Noah. His pilgrimage began by building a giant ark in the middle of dry land. Leaving his comfort zone became his salvation.
Consider Abraham. His pilgrimage began by following an unknown God to an unknown land at the age of 80. Leaving his comfort zone became our salvation.
In both cases, God expanded their borders:
'Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are--northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you' (Genesis 13:14-17).
In truth, every hero in the Bible left life as he knew it for life as God drew it. Each became a pilgrim. Each became a pioneer, opening paths to God for others to follow.
Such is our own commission from Jesus Christ: 'Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit' (Matthew 28:19).
And God will bless us beyond our imagination when our 'Heart is set on pilgrimage' (Psalm 84:5).
Pilgrimage 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.