One Called Hero

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As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. Matthew 3:16 NIV

One Called Hero

ARTIFACT • DOVE

SESSION FOUR

As far as male role models go, I hit the spiritual jackpot. I was born into a family of men with an incredibly strong commitment to Jesus Christ. My father’s father, a carpenter by trade, spent his long Central Valley work days building homes under the California sun. Each day, before his tools entered the truck, his Bible hit the workbench. He even had a special mat he rolled out before he laid the Good Book down. Upon opening his well worn copy of God’s Holy Word, it was obvious a serious investment of time had been spent pouring through it from cover to cover. Each page, wrinkled, warped, and worn, was littered with a hundred highlighted words and handwritten notes. At every meal, they opened up the family Bible to a Proverb or a Psalm. Often, my grandparents finished each other’s sentences as one read aloud the chapter for the day. Literally, they had memorized thousands of verses through their mealtime discipline of nourishing the family with the Bread of Life. Carrying on the tradition, my own father continued the legacy with a die hard commitment to the truth. Accepting the challenge as a child to read through the entire scriptures in one year, he was not only successful, but he never stopped. Having now read through the bible each year for decades, often multiple times in the same year, he holds fast to pursue his lifetime goal of having read through the Bible one hundred times. One hundred times. Let that sink in. As a young boy I looked up to them as heroes. Everything about these guys seemed larger than life. Strength, character, and love; totally solid.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEY ALWAYS POINTED ME TO JESUS.

Even though I idolized them, they knew who I really needed was Christ.

I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Matthew 3:11-12 NIV

The most glorious of men pale in comparison to the majesty of God. As the King of the Universe becomes your Hero, you’ll point to him also.

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