Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then in reply he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” Luke 13:22-30
A year ago a friend of mine did some graphic design for me that I felt represented myself. My friend in truth is a cartoonist, and he made me into a hero, my favorite hero in fact. Here is the result of what he came up with:
Yes, Captain America. The greatest superhero of all time. Chris Evans, the actor that is Captain America in the Marvel Universe once said that he (captain america) is a guy that every guy wants to be, he is good for the sake of being good. In truth this passage always reminds of this hero. This may seem weird but I feel that the entire character of Captain America is explained in verse 30 of chapter 13 of Luke. The last will be first and the first will be last. Jesus came to be a servant, not to take over, or not in the sense that we wanted him to take over. He served the world and called all those that followed him to serve as well.
That’s Cap. He is always putting his needs below those of others. I love this character and this hero because it is a awesome reminder of what a true leader is. Captain America is just one of the many examples of this though. Think about the person in your faith timeline that has affected your faith so much. They focused on your needs, not your own.
I had a great youth director when I was a youth. She was a teacher and on Sunday and Wednesday she put her needs aside to help us understand that God cares about our lives.
So, the question is. How can you be this for someone else now? It’s easy not to put our needs aside, that’s why its the narrow way. It’s less populated but it is better than the more populated way. I hope and pray that you know God loves you and call you to hero up!
Grace and Peace,