If you’re like me it’s a scene where some regular guy confronts the villain and comes out on top. In the process they go from zero to hero. Here’s one of my favorites. But if you’re under 13 and without parental guidance at the moment, better go get your mom:
I’ve been in situations like this before. Maybe you have, too. But my scenes don’t end like this one. Why not? Because standing up for who you are and what you believe isn’t easy. We don’t live on a Hollywood production set.
Years ago I took a class at Kent State called, Comparative Religious Thought. From day one the professor told us his class was no place to defend one’s faith. Then every day he’d take a pre-packaged, easy-target, twisted version of Christianity behind the academic woodshed.
AND I DID NOTHING ABOUT IT.
Why didn’t I stand up in that classroom ten years ago and challenge that professor’s poppycock notion of Christianity? I think there are two reasons.
1. My default personality leans toward passivity.
2. I don’t feel equipped to challenge another person—mentally or physically.
Last year I read the entire Bible cover-to-cover. I noticed something. I read dozens of stories of men who were as passive or as ill-equipped as me. Moses, David, Nehemiah, Stephen, Peter. And yet by the end of their stories, they were valiant, noble and courageous.
So how did they go from zero to hero?
Did they wait until they felt ready and equipped to go out and do the amazing things they did? No! The God who takes initiative in my life and in yours equipped them to charge ahead—without fear. They acted on the promises of a faithful and powerful God. They knew their weakness and asked for God’s help—and He gave it.
Here’s the key. They charged ahead by faith, ready or not. And they received grace to help in spite of their dire need. The amazing thing is—we can do it too:
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16 ESV).
The power we need is there. Ready or not, lead your family. Ready or not, tell your co-worker about the hope you have in Jesus. Ready or not, GO!