The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a hero as a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities
If a hero of the faith was measured by this definition, they wouldn’t be a hero because they would sprout from the soil of pride. A true hero of the faith sprouts from the soil of the gospel. Rather than being defined by great acts and fine qualities, they are defined by their humility.
A hero of the faith is a hero because they allow the ultimate Hero to be glorified in every aspect of their life: the good and the bad.
They don’t mask imperfection to seem like a hero. They aren’t measured by the togetherness of their life, but by the level of willingness to allow God’s glory to shine through their brokenness.
Heroes are usually defined by our culture by their ability to do great things. Christianity breaks this schema. The title of hero cannot be given to a Christian because of their works or position of power. The title of hero can only be given to the Christian who has the heart of a hero; a heart that is humble enough to point to God during times of pain and pleasure.
My mother is a true hero of the faith. When I look at her life, I don’t see someone who is afraid to admit her struggles, brokenness, and shortcomings. It’s not that she is more flawed than the rest of us, but that she is more willing to admit those flaws.
Her humble heart makes her life a beautiful canvas on which the gospel is written. When I talk with her, I don’t look down on her because of her imperfections. I look up to her because she allows God to be glorified in those imperfections.
None of us are perfect. If you think you’re perfect, there is only one word to describe you: arrogant. You have two choices: cover up your imperfection and try to promote your togetherness or unveil your imperfection and allow God to work in and through you for your good and His glory.
The choice is yours.