You could be a hero in someone’s life. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Through both the ordinary and the mundane, unsuspecting heroes are revealed.
A fascinating story of an unlikely character who rises to the status of a hero is on display in John 6. Here, Jesus and the disciples are hanging out on a mountainside with the Passover Festival on the horizon. Looking into the distance, they see a great crowd of people approaching. Since He knows of the crowd’s physical hunger and desires to test the disciples, Jesus asks Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” (John 6:5)
The disciples speak of their concerns about the situation. They are confronted by the barrier of the financial expense of feeding that many people (half a year’s wages, to be exact). They might panic in this moment, recognizing their inability to meet the need that is walking their way.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever seen a tremendous need directly in front of you, but lacked the resources to complete the task to alleviate it? It is at these moments that unsuspecting heroes arise. No one ever wakes up to say, “Today, I am going to be a hero.” These are not planned events. Heroes are found when crisis meets willingness.
In this moment of the story, the disciples come across a young boy. He is just an average lad who happened to have five loaves of bread and two small fish. Nothing special, right? Oftentimes, we miss out on our opportunity to be a hero in someone’s life simply because we think what we can give them is not enough. What if this boy had remained hidden in the crowd with that attitude? What if he was unwilling to share?
With a willing heart, this boy stepped forward to share everything he had. Because he gave his bread and fish to Jesus, Jesus and the disciples were able to feed over five thousand people that day.
When a willing heart connects to the heart of God, it can rattle the world. A hero does not need to be someone with special gifts or talents. A hero is a person with a heart that is willing to meet a crisis when it arises, a person who gives up something of their own for the sake of others.
What about you? Will you be a hero?