The world is in danger and needs a hero. There is a person or group who wants to rule the world. So someone is on a quest to find the chosen one or an unlikely hero emerges on the scene. The hero is trained, empowered, or equipped to perform a task against all odds to stop the villain from taking over the world. Through some event or battle, the unlikely hero succeeds, saves the world, gets the girl, and lives happily ever after.
Does that sound familiar? Sure it does. We have all watched movies like this. This formula or some variation of it, is used for movies like Star Wars, the Avengers, Superman / Batman, and The Lord of the Rings. Why? Maybe it’s because we root for the underdogs. Maybe it’s because it appeals to our innermost desire to be heroes ourselves.
God needs heroes and he is looking for average, ordinary people he can empower to do extraordinary things.
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” (I Corinthians 1:26-31 NKJV)
God isn’t looking for the strongest, fastest, smartest, or most popular people to live heroic lives. Through Paul, he tells the church to look around and see not many mighty, noble, wise, or strong are among them. Instead, God has deliberately chosen to make heroes out of the underdogs.
You see, God doesn’t necessarily need the biggest and best because at any moment, through his Holy Spirit, he can empower the church. God’s people have divine potential to help others in need, mend broken hearts, and transform lives with the Gospel. Ordinary people like you and I are being used by God to bring light to dark places of employment, hope to depressed communities, and security to the weak and disenfranchised.
So as you go to the theaters to watch your favorite heroes on the big screen, remember, we’re all heroes in God’s eyes.