Monday, March 25th, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 16, Conclusion)
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Mark 12:31 (NKJV)
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,' but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
James 2:14-17 (NKJV)
Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.
Matthew 25:40 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are helpers. While others discuss what needs to be done, helpers step forward to do it. While others kneel, pray and go about their day, helpers kneel, pray and go out of their way--to help.
Like how? To fix a tire, lend a hand, defend the weak, cook a meal, invite the lonely, visit the sick, coach the awkward, drive the carless, pay the tab, change their plans, or raise a hand to volunteer for a job no one else wants to do.
Jesus hits this nail on its head over and over again. He hits it with authority: 'A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples' (John 13:34-35).
He hits it with stories: 'So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him' (Luke 10:34, The Parable of the Good Samaritan).
He hits it with actions: 'He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons' (Mark 1:34); He fed 'The five thousand' and 'The four thousand' (Mark 8:19-20). He calmed the seas (see Mark 4:39).
'And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written' (John 21:25).
Finally, Jesus lay on the cross and let the nails hit Him. Can we do less than be His helpers?
Therefore, 'Brethren, do not grow weary in doing good' (2 Thessalonians 3:13). Because to do good is to love. And to love is to help.
Because everyday heroes are helpers.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.