“From Hero to Zero”
In my softball playing days, I experienced this title. I remember playing a game and the bases were loaded. Of course, we wanted as many runs as we could get. There was one out, so the coach said hit a fly ball to get at least one run home. He said, don’t swing too hard, just meet the ball.
I followed his advice and hit one of the longest fly balls I had ever hit. I cleared the bases with a triple. I was a hero.
The next day, we were in the same position. Remember last night said the coach, do the same thing. This time I took a vicious swing and popped up to the shortstop. Now I was a zero.
In life events, Simon Peter went through a similar scenario.
Please read the following verses. Matt 16:13-23
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
When Simon Peter used the words of God, He was in the plan of God and Jesus called him a “Hero.” When left to his own words, he was called “Satan”, a definite zero.
May we all follow the plan of the Lord God and with the help of the Holy Spirit be heroes for the Lord God.
Heroes for Christ, that kind of has a nice ring to it.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be a Blessing;