We are all fascinated with people who are extraordinarily gifted. We watch their lives, offer them respect and admiration, work to emulate their success, and embrace their charisma. Which of us has not dreamed about being a hero? We would love to be the person who saves the day; that guy who is invincible; the one who, despite tremendous personal risk, fights for the good. However, what is interesting is that the Biblical understanding of a hero is a bit unexpected and certainly different from that of the world. None of the Biblical characters ever measure up; they never really arrive at hero status as we think of it. What makes them fundamentally heroes is that they had faith in someone much bigger than themselves (Hebrews 11).
This year in chapel we will have the opportunity to examine the book of Genesis. Our attention will be given to the characters that the book describes with the ultimate hope of having a clearer vision of God Himself. These individuals were simply broken people whom God decided to use. As Paul writes in II Corinthians 4.7, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
It is only in the Gospel that we understand our fragility and come face to face with our true Hero.