So why is it, and what is it about each of us, that we so obviously see ourselves as ‘the good guy’, the ‘one that’s right’, ‘the one with superior mental capacity’ the one that would ‘save the day’ if given the chance? I mean come on, Who doesn’t want to be THAT person!? It’s what we all secretly crave and strive for, right? But why? Is it because that is how God created us? When God shaped and molded the very first human being, He did so with Himself in mind - The true hero, the true King, the true victorious One and only. He created us after His own image! We were to be rulers and caretakers of our domain. Regardless of the sin factor, that inward longing to represent God in the world around us exists still today in each of us, somewhere, perhaps deep down. And it is why a movie can be made with only one hero, one person that can save the world from utter destruction, one hero… and we all watch it and relate to that hero as if he were reading our minds!
Upon deeper thought and consideration of this idea I found myself pondering the articles I’ve read and studies I’ve seen in the past on criminals who have committed sin and done much evil. The first thing that stood out to me was that a true criminally inclined person was not wired like the rest of us, no, in their mind what they did was not ‘wrong' or ‘evil' and they were so certain of this, that being caught was something they never thought would ever happen! How can you be caught for something that isn’t wrong? It sounds psychotic to the healthy and normal mind, but most people who do bad things repeatedly, also see themselves as ‘the hero’ of their story. It is very rare to find someone who did something, whether it be illegal, sinful or wrong that they did not truly believe was for the betterment of their environment and the world around them. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Yet here we are, sinful creatures, who know what is right, know what God has commanded us to do, yet we are still sinning. Perhaps not the 'serious stuff' that could get us tossed into jail, but the *little* stuff that perhaps no one will ever find out about. But, aren’t we the hero of our story? Isn’t every thing we do the right thing? How can we be so wrong so often?
How do we know if what we do in the world around us, with our best intentions, trying to be the hero of our story line, is truly the right path? There is only one way to find out. Have we followed what scripture says? Have we looked at the world around us and all that we could do and laid it at the feet of Jesus saying “Not I, but Christ’?
There truly is only one hero to the story and one man who saved the day - Jesus Christ- and there will never be another. Yes, we can do great things here on this earth and we can create a lot of good, but not through ourselves for that would only lead us to becoming the villain in the story. To truly be the hero in our story is to lay it all down and with great humility realize that our strength our intelligence our gifts and abilities are all given to us from The One that sits on the thrown, the One that created us with His hand. But the most beautiful part is that this King wants us to be His heroes, He wants to bless us with every good thing and He believes we are special and gifted and extraordinary, that is because He sees us through a lens that has been cleansed with His blood. We have the opportunity to truly be great because the One and Only Hero above all, came down to earth and really did win the day, really did beat out all odds and He really did come out victorious. The greatest story ever written really does have a great and perfect ending, and the best part? We all get to be in this story!
- Naomi Striemer