We human beings are funny sometimes. Less often we are brilliant. We talk a lot about logic and reason. We supposedly want to be wise, but usually we are just ornery.
Here is a funny example. We all have heroes. That’s why we get articles and polls like the following:
- These are the most admired people in the world
- Most Admired Man and Woman
- Gallup: Billy Graham Among 10 Most Admired Men in World–for 58th Time
Because of what our choices say about us, we want others to admire the people we admire, but people often don’t. So some people admire Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Graham, Bill Gates,…… Some don’t.
What is the problem? If you are of the Liberal persuasion, Ronald Reagan’s Conservatism will most likely not appeal to you. If you are Conservative, Barack Obama probably has you steaming. If you are not a Catholic, Pope Francis may just cause you to wonder why he wears funny cloths and why people drive him about in cheap cars. If you are not an Evangelical Protestant, Billy Graham’s Bible thumping version of Christianity has yet to reach your heart, and maybe it never will.
Before we choose to make someone our hero, we must first find in their identity something that is our own. Until we do, that Ronald Reagan advocated limit government will not cause us to believe in limited government. Until we do, that Pope Francis condemns the abortion of the unborn will not persuade us. Until we do, Barack Obama’s foolish drive for gun control will not cause us to support him. Until we do,…..
Our great hero, that person we admire so much, may influence us, but before our hero captured our heart someone closer first influenced us.
Do you have a child? Do you have a friend? Do you want to persuade them of something? Then before you tell them about your heroes, tell them what you believe and why.
Consider John 4:4–26. Consider how Jesus began.
John 4:4-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
First Jesus told the woman at the well what she needed to hear. Then He told her about the one who would become her hero.