The world's heroes do not meet the test of God's standards regarding worthiness of respect and admiration.
"That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God" (Luke 16:15).
We live in a generation wherein a person can become almost instantly famous, which by today's standards can involve notoriety with tens of millions of people. The human heart was not created for such attention, nor can our minds process the aberrations that occur when we know that we so widely known. "Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and thy truths' sake" (Psalm 115:1). Moreover, the world's reasons for idolizing clay-footed human beings grow more suspect and even ludicrous every day. Indeed, we would not want many that live in today's limelight to live next door to us. Such ones nevertheless draw the attention and admiration of millions who somehow overlook their failings, or sadly, even celebrate them. As the Lord Jesus Christ said of the Pharisees who so craved the respect of others, "They be blind leaders of the blind" (Matthew 15:14).
One safe Hero of the heart exists. "I will extol Thee, my God o king, and I will bless Thy name forever and ever" (Psalm 145:1). Rather than bowing before feet of clay, we kneel before nail-scarred Feet. We also look forward to that day when "the Lord alone shall be exalted" (Isaiah 2:11). Of course, we do not personally wait for such a time. Today is that day for us to seek the Lord's singular exaltation. Certainly we respect those who act genuinely worthy of affirmation. We learn from them, and often seek to follow their example. However, we not exalt or idolize any human being. Christ alone warrants our full devotion of adoration, affirmation, and admiration. He is worthy thereof, and not only would we desire Him to live next door. We rather rejoice that our Hero dwells within our hearts…
"Christ in you, the hope of glory."
"Do all to the glory of God."
(I Corinthians 10:31)
Weekly Memory Verse
"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforteth us in our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any tribulation by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
(II Corinthians 1:3-4)